Highlights of Korcula Island

Korcula, a small island situated in Croatia’s southern region, is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a mix of cultural experiences, scenic beauty, and gastronomic delights. From its Old Town to its beautiful beaches and islands, there is something for everyone in Korcula. Here are some of the highlights and bucket list experiences you should not miss on your trip to this gorgeous island.

Explore the Old Town

Korcula’s Old Town is a medieval walled city that dates back to the 13th century. It is known for its narrow streets, stunning architecture, and rich history. You can wander through the maze-like streets, marvel at the ancient stone buildings, discover hidden gems, such as the St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Marco Polo Tower, and the Bishop’s Treasury and learn about the city’s past at the Korcula Town Museum.

Highlights of Korcula - explore the Old Town
Explore the old streets of Korcula Old Town

Indulge in Traditional Cuisine

One of the best ways to experience the local culture is through its cuisine. Korcula is known for its traditional cuisine which has been influenced by Italian and Croatian cultures. One of the most famous dishes is the Peka, which is a slow-cooked meat dish that is prepared in an outdoor oven. Another must-try dish is the Zrnovski Makaruni, a pasta dish made from scratch and served traditionally with a hearty rich meat sauce. You can find these dishes at local restaurants that offer authentic cuisine.

Spend Time on the Sea

Korcula is surrounded by crystal-clear waters, making it an ideal destination for water sports and activities. One of the best ways to experience the island’s natural beauty is to take a boat trip. You can rent a boat or join a tour to explore hidden coves, remote beaches, and stunning cliffs. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try paddleboarding, windsurfing, or kayaking to explore the coast at your own pace.

Walk Up for the Best View of the Old Town

Take a moderate walk to the road (called Novi Put) above Korcula Old Town which offers stunning panoramic views of the town and the sea and provides an excellent photo opportunity. Read on here for recommendations of more awesome viewpoints

Go Wine Tasting

Korcula is known for its excellent wines, particularly its white wine varieties. You can visit local wineries and vineyards for wine tasting and tours. Some of the popular white wines to try include Posip, Grk, and Rukatac and the red wine varietal Plavac Mali. 

Visit an Olive Oil Producer in Vela Luka

Olive oil is an essential ingredient in many traditional Croatian dishes, and Korcula is known for its high-quality olive oil. Vela Luka is the largest town on the island, and it’s a great place to visit an olive oil producer. You can take a tour of an olive grove, learn about the olive oil-making process, and taste different varieties of olive oil. You can also purchase some of the best olive oils in the region to take home as souvenirs.

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Enjoy local produce from Korcula Island including wine and olive oil

Take a boat to Proizd Island

If you are looking for a secluded beach and a peaceful atmosphere, Proizd Island is the perfect place to visit. It’s a small island located near Vela Luka, accessible by boat, which takes around 40 minutes. The island is known for its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and stunning cliffs. It’s a perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, and relaxing.

Watch the Sunset

Finally, watching the sunset in Korcula is a must-do experience. The island’s natural beauty combined with the warm colours of the sunset makes for a breathtaking view. The island offers several vantage points to view the sunset, including in front of the monastery in Korcula or above the vineyards in Lumbarda. Watch the sun sink into the sea, creating a beautiful orange and pink sky.

In conclusion, Korcula offers a range of activities and experiences for visitors to explore, from its rich history and stunning landscapes to its delicious cuisine and excellent wines. These highlights and bucket list items provide just a taste of what the island has to offer, making it a must-visit destination for everyone!

Korcula Island Guide

Would you like more insider tips and recommendations about Korcula Island? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide packed full of information so that you can plan and enjoy a truly memorable holiday on Korcula. Click here to download your copy.

Ultimate Guide to Korcula Island

About Author

We are John and Rachael from Korcula Explorer.

2 Brits who fell in love with Korcula and made the island their home in 2010. We run unique and fun wine & food tasting tours on Korcula - both group and private tour options available.

Full tour details here: https://www.korculaexplorer.com/tours-korcula/

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