Friday Feature: Korcula, Croatia

Korcula

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Korcula is sometimes described as one of Croatia’s most romantic and best kept secrets! It is known to the locals as “Little Dubrovnik” because similar to it’s “big brother”, Korcula is home to charming medieval squares, beautifully restored cathedrals and enchanting Renaissance-style buildings. However, due to it’s more remote location on Korcula island this little seaside town stays far less busy than other popular Croatia destinations. How do you get to this little slice of Croatian paradise? Hop a flight into Dubrovnik or Split then take a few hour long ferry ride to the beautiful island of Korcula!

Best Times to Visit: If you are looking to enjoy the Croatian sunshine, we recommend visiting Korcula during the months of June or September. During these months it’s warm enough to swim and plenty of sunshine but the heat is not as hot as other summer months!

Things to do:

Visit Old Town. This charming area of town is what gets Korcula it’s nickname as “Little Dubrovnik”. Old Town juts out onto a picturesque peninsula and has the medieval walls and beautiful Venetian-style buildings with the iconic red roofs. Wander the narrow streets and be sure to stop by the Korcula Town Museum to learn more about it’s history.

Visit the home of Marko Polo. Many believe that the ever famous world traveler and explorer, Marko Polo, was born on the island of Korcula. A portion of the old home is open for visitors to explore, but fees do apply! The home is open from April to October.

Get your heart pumping. Whether you prefer land or sea, there is something here for every active traveler. Because of the island’s position, Korcula is the perfect spot for avid windsurfers to catch the afternoon Maestral, or summer wind. If land is more your speed, cyclists flock from all over to cruise this island. Bike rentals are available just about everywhere and guided tours are also available.

Enjoy incredible wine and seafood! This seaside town to two of Croatia’s gastronomical specialities: seafood and wine! The southern Dalmation region is known for it’s award-winning white wines - Posip and Grk. These varieties are available at just about every restaurant on the island and is the perfect, refreshing flavor after a day in the sunshine.

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Feature Hotels: Hotel Liburna, Hotel Korsal, Hotel Marko Polo

Things to know before you go…

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  • The town is easily walkable. So make sure to pack some comfy shoes for exploring!

  • Be aware of the season you visit. Croatia like most island’s in Europe become less appealing in the winter months because of cold, rainy weather and more stores and hotels shut down for the season.

  • Book early! If you are planning to travel during peak season it is important to plan ahead to reserve your hotels and ferry tickets before availability goes down!

  • It is a great homebase. Korcula may be a little smaller than other Croatian towns, but it is a great spot to call home during your time as it is located to some great nearby islands begging to be explored.

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