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Korcula in Croatia
Korcula is a small island in Croatia and the perfect destination for your next adventure!! It was our favorite destination in all of Croatia (possibly our favorite destination along our honeymoon)!! Korcula offers secluded beaches, shopping, history, culture, great food, and amazing views. It’s relaxing but still offers plenty of adventure!!
What to do in Korcula?
On your first day in Korcula, I recommend just walking around Old Town Korcula. Old Town Korcula is a small part of the island, where vehicles are not allowed to enter. It’s full of shops, restaurants, and historical sites.
We spent an entire day in Old Town Korcula. I love shopping, admiring local artwork, and talking to locals. I got a lot of jewelry from this local jewelry store, I just fell in love with their stuff!! The family has been making jewelry for over 3 generations and they make some amazing pieces!! One of the pieces I bought was designed by their daughter, who I could tell was proud of her design.
Most of the jewelry in Croatia is made from Adriatic coral. Croatia has been in the coral trading industry since the 13th century and is known for harvesting red coral from the Adriatic sea. Since coral is endangered, divers can only collect coral during certain times of the year and only in certain locations. The store you purchase your jewelry from will give you a little certificate with your purchase that proves your coral has been properly harvested and approved by the Croatian government. I love my red coral ring from Croatia, it’s the perfect souvenir.
I also got some Rose Oil Perfume from a Bulgarian shop (Dekora) and it smells amazing!! I’ve tried to buy rose oil here in the US but nothing smells as good as what I bought from Dekora. The owner was such a sweet young lady, she taught me all about the Rose Festival in Bulgaria and helped me pick out a nice leather handbag.
While you’re walking around Old Town Korcula, be sure to check out some of the old churches and the bell tower. You have to pay a small fee before you can hike up to the bell tower, but it’s totally worth it!! The views from the bell tower are breathtaking!!
At the end of the day, enjoy a nice dinner along the city walls and listen to the local music playing along the streets. We ate dinner along the city walls every night!! It’s so relaxing and the food is amazing!!
On your second day in Korcula, I recommend renting a scooter for a little adventure!! We rented a scooter and it definitely made the trip interesting!! I was petrified of the scooter!! I was fine driving along the main paved road but then we decided to turn down this dirt road and I got a little scared with all of the switchbacks. It probably won’t bother other people but my nails were digging into Neil’s’ chest as he drove down. We took the dirt road to this secret beach that our Airbnb hosts recommended, it’s a hidden gem y’all!!
There are beaches all over Korcula, check out this website for more info on Korcula’s 51 beaches. That’s right, the small island of Korcula has 51 beaches!! I feel like they’re probably all beautiful so you can’t go wrong. We only stayed at the beach for a few hours, then we decided to hop back on the scooter to grab some lunch in town. I recommend getting a bigger scooter than ours because our scooter was so tiny it couldn’t make it back up to the main road!! I had to hop off with our backpack so Neil could drive it up. It really wasn’t a big deal and it gave us a good laugh, making memories y’all!!
We stopped in Pupnat to eat at Konoba Mate, a yummy little local restaurant. After lunch we continued on our scooter adventure through Cara. We were originally planning to check out some of the other beaches in Korcula, but ended up just riding around the island on our scooter. It was such a fun little adventure and we got to see so many wonderful sites! We eventually turned the scooter back in, freshened up, and again went to dinner along the city walls of Old Town Korcula.
On your last night in Korcula, I recommend checking out the famous Massimo Cocktail Bar!! Such great views and a very interesting atmosphere!! Massimo Cocktail Bar is on top of a medieval tower and you have to go up a ladder to get to the terrace. It’s such an interesting experience!!
Where to stay in Korcula?
I recommend staying just a block or two away from Old Town Korcula. It’s a lot cheaper than staying in Old Town Korcula but you’ll still have all of the perks. We stayed at an AirBnB just outside the city walls and our hosts were sssoo friendly!! They met us at the port, helped us with our bags, recommended some restaurants and beaches for us, and had some homemade baked treats for us!! AirBnB is definitely the way to go (link to our AirBnB here)!!
How long to stay in Korcula?
We only stayed in Korcula for 2 nights, but we wish we would’ve stayed longer. We wanted to check out some more of the island and just relax on the beaches. Korcula is more of a relaxing island so it just depends on how much relaxation you’re needing.
How to get to Korcula?
The only way to get to Korcula is by boat, it’s a small island y’all!! We took the ferry from Split to Korcula and then from Korcula to Dubrovnik when we left. You’ll need to get your ferry tickets in advance because they sell out quickly (our AirBnB host recommended this to us). Our AirBnB host said some people wait until the day before to book their ferry tickets and by then they’re be sold out. If the ferry is sold out, then there’s really no other way to get to Korcula. Buy your ferry tickets in advance.
How to get around Korcula?
If you’re staying close to Old Town Korcula, then you don’t really need a method of transportation. You can basically walk everywhere in Old Town Korcula. If you want to check out the rest of the island, then you’ll need to rent a scooter or a vehicle. There aren’t many rental vehicles on the island and it can be hard to find parking (check with your AirBnB before reserving a vehicle, they may not have a parking space available for you). We decided it was easier and cheaper to rent a scooter.