Korcula Island Holidays
"A popular island to visit, either on an island hopping holiday or simply for a relaxing week long break. Korčula is one not to be missed..."
A gorgeous and historic island that lies in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, Korcula, is one of the most popular seaside destinations in Croatia. Famous for its vineyards, olive groves and its spectacular Old Town, Korčula Island is the perfect holiday destination for food and wine connoisseurs, island lovers and culture vultures alike.
The town of Korcula is a medieval masterpiece, replete with majestic walls and a rustic harbour. It is supposedly the birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo; whose house is an attraction in the town. This combined with several other picturesque villages, dense woodlands and a magnificent seascape makes Korcula one of the best holiday destinations in Croatia.
Korcula Island Travel Guide
At A Glance:
Korcula is a Croatian Island that lies in the sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea and is located just off the Dalmatian Coast. It is the second most populous of the Croatian Islands, with around 15,000 inhabitants and is medium-sized with an area of about 280 kilometres. The island is famous for its beautiful Venetian architecture, beautiful Adriatic beaches for a relaxing beach holiday and the quality of the natural produce that the island makes.
The weather makes it the perfect place to enjoy a beach holiday, with summer temperatures regularly pushing past 25 degrees. This means that the best time to visit is between May and mid-October, when the seas are warm. The island remains busy throughout the year, although visitors should note that some shops and attractions may not be open during the winter.
History and Culture
First inhabited by the Illyrian tribes, who occupied large parts of Dalmatia, it later became a Greek colony, before passing to the Slavic invaders in the 7th century Ad. It was then colonized by the Venetians, who ruled it on and off until the 14th century, before properly cementing their rule and holding the island until the republic’s demise in 1797. The island then briefly fell under the influence of Napoleon, before coming under Austro-Hungarian rule when he was defeated in 1814. It joined the Kingdom of the Slavs under the terms of the treaty of Versailles and then became a part of Yugoslavia upon its foundation.
Korcula’s traditional cuisine has an Italian influence, thanks to the long period of time that the island was under Venetian control. Common dishes you will find on the restaurant’s menus include grilled fish, stewed meats, creamy homemade pastas, sprinkled with truffles and delicious pizzas. The locals like to eat shellfish on special occasions, with fresh muscles and oysters prevalent on the island. Lamb is the favoured meat on the island, and it is often cooked with goats’ cheese. Visitors will also find delicious wines from across Croatia, the perfect way to wash down the delicious food on offer.
An ideal destination for active families, the island is large and the centre of it has numerous wooded areas, which provide ample opportunity for hiking and biking on family holiday. The beautiful coastline is just as good with an array of excellent beaches that the whole family can enjoy. Przi Zal, close to Lumbarda, is especially popular with families, thanks to the inflatable waterpark, which kids love. There is also an open-air cinema outside the town walls, where families can enjoy some evening entertainment.
Tours and Attractions
The island’s greatest asset is the Adriatic Sea that surrounds the island, which can be accessed from the many gorgeous beaches that populate its coast. The island is also renowned for the quality of its wine and visitors should visit one of the many wineries that call Korcula home. The town is a rustic medieval paradise, ideal for people who want to wander around a historic city, while the Vela Spila Cave is a fascinating site that was inhabited by Stone Age humans.
When venturing out, Korcula is the kind of place where you can enjoy a refreshing sunset cocktail amidst beautiful scenery or relax in one of the many excellent restaurants with friends, family or your significant other, if you are on a romantic holiday.