Korcula itinerary in 3 days
When planning our trip to Croatia my husband and I knew we wanted to stay on one of its beautiful islands. Since we still wanted an island with a nice town, restaurants and some good outdoor activities, we chose the island of Korcula, and were very glad we did. Korcula has a beautifully preserved Old Town, the views of the turquoise waters are breathtaking and there are nice hikes and cycling routes. I highly recommend Korcula.
We arrived in Korcula after a three hour ferry ride from Split. The ferry was easy and comfortable. Once we docked we walked to our hotel which was about a 15 minute walk from the port. Hotel Korsal is perfectly located on the coast about a 10 minute walk to the Old Town of Korcula. The rooms are nice, simple, very clean and updated. We felt that the location was perfect. It has a beautiful veranda, perfect for a glass of wine, with views out to the turquoise Adriatic.
After we checked into the hotel we walked to Korcula Old Town and were ready for lunch. We sat on the patio at Tesoro Pizzeria for salad and pizza. The food was delicious and the patio had stunning views of the shimmering water.
We then walked around Old Town which is a medieval walled city. It features Venetian styled architecture along narrow cobbled streets. It is quite hilly and there are beautiful views from the bell tower of the Cathedral which sits at the top of the hill. It is rumored that Marco Polo - a medieval Venetian merchant and explorer - was born on Korcula. There is a small museum dedicated to him.
After our walk, we headed back to our hotel for a relaxing glass of wine on the veranda.
This evening we booked a driver and headed to Konoba Mate which is located about a 15 minute drive from the hotel in the town of Pupnat. It is run by a local family and is located in the countryside. They serve delicious, traditional Croatian cuisine.
This hotel is perfectly located on the coast about a 10 minute walk to the Old Town of Korcula. The rooms are simple, nice, very clean and updated. The hotel has a beautiful veranda with views out to the turquoise Adriatic. The breakfast was good as well.
Konoba Mate. This restaurant, about a 15 minute drive from the hotel in Pupnat, is run by a local family. It is located in the countryside and serves delicious, traditional Croatian cuisine.
Tesoro Pizzeria. This restaurant located in Korcula Old Town is right on the edge of the town with seats by the Adriatic. We sat there for lunch and had delicious pizza and pasta with stunning views We liked it so much that we decided to go there a second time.
Konoba Maha. Located in the hills by the town of Zrnovo, this restaurant is run by two brothers. with the help of their parents. It was one of our favourite restaurants of the trip. They have a gorgeous outdoor area and the food is amazing. They are known for their fancy cocktails and grilled meats.
Pekara Babic Bakery. This small bakery has line-ups in the morning. They have yummy fresh bread and also bureks, sandwiches and pastries.
LoLe Wine and Tapas Bar. Located in a small alley in Korcula Old Town, this charming wine bar has seats outside and they serve great wine and charcuterie boards.
Tours and Guides
Korcula Explorer. We did a self-guided bike tour and walking tour on two of the days we were on the island. I purchased the guide book from Korcula Explorer. They emailed it to me. It was very convenient and had lots of good tips and restaurant suggestions. They also do guided group tours.
Cycling Day Trip
This morning after breakfast we walked into Old Town and picked up bicycles for our bike ride to Lumbarda. We rented our bikes from Kaleta. We pre-booked the bicycles and they were ready when we arrived.
Some tips about the bike rentals:
- The mountain bikes are extremely uncomfortable (I learnt the hard way!)
- They have a variety of bike styles so check what is most comfortable for you
- The ride is hilly so I recommend e-bikes if you're not a strong cyclist
Lumbarda is a small village but also a region on the eastern tip of Korcula. The area has vineyards, olive orchards and a scattering of small villages. We cycled along country roads and stopped at a beautiful beach called Vela Przina on the eastern most tip. There was a small kiosk for some snacks and to fill up with water.
On the way back we stopped in the tiny beach town of Vela Glavica, parked our bikes and walked down to the beach area. The quiet beach had a few small beach huts that served food. We sat at one of the restaurants and had nice salads and a cheese plate for lunch. The food hit the spot.
From there we continued our ride back in the direction of Korcula Town. We took a detour at a peninsula and rode to the beach at the tip called Plaza Punta Kriza. This was lovely. We passed some resorts and campsites along the way.
We arrived back in Korcula in the early afternoon. The trip took us about four hours.
We headed back to our hotel and went for a dip in the Adriatic and sat on the beach in front of our hotel. After relaxing on the beach, we sat down on the veranda of our hotel for a well-deserved cold beer.
Once again this evening we ordered a taxi and headed to a restaurant about a 15 minute drive away, Konoba Maha. Located in the hills by the town of Zrnovo, this restaurant is run by two brothers. with the help of their parents. It was one of the favourite restaurants of our trip. They have a gorgeous outdoor area and the food is amazing. They are known for their fancy cocktails and grilled meats.
Hiking Day Trip
We were excited for our hiking day today but first we knew we had to purchase some food for our picnic. We headed to Pekara Babic Bakery which is located on the west side of Old Town in the direction of our hike. This small bakery has line-ups in the morning but it's worth it. We bought some yummy bureks and pastries to go and headed on our way.
We followed the road along the beautiful coast toward Luka Zrnovska Banja, which is an inlet with stunning turquoise water. We then climbed up toward Zrnovo, passing villas with lush gardens and gorgeous panorama views to the Adriatic below. From there, we headed to Brdo and Kocje National Park. There are some lovely trails within the park. Much of the park has unique rock formations which are covered by moss and vines.
Just outside the park we sat by an old church with views of the valley below and had our lunch.
From there we retraced most of our footsteps and headed back. We were able to cut through a different path, going through a residential and agricultural area which was closer to our hotel.
Once we rested at the hotel for a bit we headed to Old Town and sat at LoLe Wine and Tapas Bar. Located in a narrow cobblestone street, this small wine bar has seats outside and they serve great wine and charcuterie boards.
On our last evening in Korcula we decided to return to Tesoro Pizzeria. It is located in an ideal spot along the walls of Old Town with such gorgeous views.
This morning after breakfast we hired a private water taxi that took us over to Orebic on the mainland of Croatia. We had a guide/driver who met us in Orebic and spent the day touring with us on the way to Dubrovnik where she dropped us off. Please check my Dubrovnik itinerary for details.