Korcula island is one of the biggest islands of Croatia. It is the greenest island in the Adriatic, called by Greeks Korkyra Melaina (Black Island) during the colonization of the island or (Korkyra Negra) by Romans.
Korcula is the sixth largest island along the Croatian Adriatic coast. It is nearly 30 miles (47 kilometers) long and from 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8 km) wide. Looking on the map bellow, the island is separated from the Peljesac peninsula by a narrow channel, Korcula channel. The island belongs to Southern Dalmatia region and makes part of Dubrovnik county.
The island has a large number of bays and coves. Its northern coast is rather low and easily accessible with several natural ports protected from the south and east wind like, Korcula, Banja, Racisce, Vrbovica, Babina, Prigradica.
The south shore is more indented but very steep, where in some places there are cliffs rising up to 30 m above the sea. There are plenty of anchorages and bays in the southern coast, sheltered from the north wind, like Zavalatica, Rasohatica, Orlandusa, Pavja Luka, Pupnatska Luka, Prizba, Grscica.
The most important settlements on the island from east to west, are Korcula (the capital), Lumbarda and Vela Luka on the western side. In the middle of the island, Blato is the oldest settlement on the island. One of the attractions of Blato, is one km long lime trees avenue in the very center of the town, the second longest avenue of lime in Europe.
Taking into account that this is an island, the most common way to reach it is by boat. But this time I prefer to suggest more faster way to get to the island by seaplane from Split.
Hydroplanes have returned to the southern Dalmatian city of Dubrovnik and Korcula after more than 80 years, after German company European Coastal Airlines (ECA) has opened new flying connections from Split to Vela Luka and Lumbarda (Korcula), including Dubrovnik. Here you can check all seaplane lines!
There are several ways to travel between Split and Korcula, either you are driving or using public transportation. The most common way is by sea, either car and passengers ferry or catamaran (only foot passengers).
There are three Jadrolinija catamarans to the island of Korcula. Two run throughout the year:
Another private company Krilo runs between Split to Korcula, only during the high season. Sailing schedules can change, especially during holiday periods, so it is advisable to check before departure.
If you are driving ( read more how to travel between Split to Dubrovnik) the best way to reach the island is to take two ferries:
Traveling by bus to island of Korcula is the cheapest way but certainly time-consuming. It isn’t a distance that makes traveling rather long, but much time is lost, crossing so called ‘Neum Corridor’ and ferry crossing from Orebic to Korcula.
Many would expect that Dubrovnik has better connections with the island of Korcula, but in reality is not so. In fact, during the lower season (November – April), Dubrovnik has no ferry or catamaran connections, at all.
Another option is driving by car along the Peljesac peninsula from Dubrovnik to Orebic and then taking the car and passenger ferry line N° 634 from Orebic to Domince (Korcula).
The island has less sunshine hours than Hvar island, but still enough to describe its weather as a typical Mediterranean, hot summers and mild winters.
July and August are by the hottest months on Korcula and sometimes with peak temperature up to 40ºC. If you’re looking for a beach holiday, these two months are the months for you.
June and September are the best months for those who want to save as the prices are 30 % lower. You can still get the enough sun to swim or to enjoy more outdoor activities.
During two main Spring months, April & May or the Autumn months of October & November, you can still enjoy sunny weather but sometimes more rainy and slightly cooler. These are the perfect months for people who like outdoor activities such as walking, hiking and cycling.
In the Spring the weather begins to warm up, with an average temperature of 13°C in March, 17°C in April and a pleasant 22°C in May. Autumn remains fairly warm with an average high temperature of 24°C in September, 20°C in October and 15°C in November.November is the wettest month with 13 rainy days with average precipitations of 134 mm.
Winter on Korcula island can be quite chilly with an average low temperature of 8°C in December and 7°C in January and February. The average temperature for the Winter months are 11°C in December and a cool 10°C in January and February.
Island of Korcula has something to offer in each season from low to the high tourist period. Let’s begin with high season. July and August, the period when all the restaurants, hotels, bars and shops are open and all kinds of events are taking place in every town and village. This is a period of tourist crowds when the accommodation prices are at the highest.
Mid season is June and September. Most of the restaurants, hotels, bars & shops are open and prices for accommodation are more reasonable. The event calendar is poorer and limited than in high season.
Not many will decide to visit the island in low season, April & May
and October. This is a period of some important events to enjoy or to
take part, such as Easter and the Marco Polo Triathlon and when the the
island wakes up or like in October, the crowds of tourists fall off. In this season, the accommodation offers are more appropriate.
You'll really find this island charming, without the crowds, quiet and delightful. It is definitely more convenient for families with children and seniors, more quite, with beautiful beaches and far from excessive trendiness of Hvar or Dubrovnik.
Beach Banje is an old Korcula Town beach right in the center of Korcula Town, close to Hotel Marco Polo and Hotel Park. This popular pebble beach is very busy in the summer time, crowded with tourists from town and nearby hotels as well as locals. The beach is on the walking distance from all areas of the town.
If you are based in Korcula Town, this beach is very good for small children and families. It is also good for tourist interested in summer activities like sailing or windsurfing.
Beach Zakerjan is located in on the eastern edge of the Old Town and it is one of the oldest swimming spots in Korcula Town, very popular among locals. The beach have lot of large rocks and jetties for sunbathing as well as a few ladders for climbing in and out of the sea.
The water is very clean and transparent with great colors. Jumping into the sea is safe here as water is deep enough. Above the beach, along the Zakerjan promenade, a numerous local cafes offer all sorts of food and drinks. The entrance to the beach is by several steep and narrow steps leading down bellow Town Walls and Towers.
Korcula Island has several naturist islands that are a real haven for your naturist vacations and relaxation. Between Korcula town and small village Lumbarda there are 19 small islands that form a small archipelago.
Their names are : Badija, Kamenjak, Gojak, Planjak, Vrnik, Majsan, Majsanic, Gubavac, Knezic, Bisace, Sutvara, Stupe, Baretica, Lucnjak, Sestrice (Vela and Mala Sestrica), Gubavac and Skrpinjak.
Islands are popular destination for day trips from Korcula.Only some of them are populated and only two of them are visited by naturist lovers (Badija and Stupe). All islands are reachable by frequent taxi-boat services from Korcula Town harbor (Punta Jurana). Many hotels in Korcula organize trips to the islands.
Island Badija is the most popular island usually visited by locals. To get to the island you have to take a taxi boat all lined up in Korcula Town at the town's eastern pier. The most important sight of the island is Franciscan Monastery built in 14th century.
I suggest to visit also the Vrnik island, just few minutes boat drive from Badija , where you can visit its impressive quarries which date from Roman times. From these quarries, white stone blocks were used in construction of some important buildings like Duke's Palace in Dubrovnik and Aja Sofia in Istanbul.
Stupe islands are two small islands, one much larger than another, that are located at the further east of Korcula archipelago. On the largest one, named 'Vela Stupa' there is a small konoba restaurant. Both islands are popular naturist destination.
The island of Korcula is also famous for its sandy beaches. Two the most beautiful sandy beaches, Bilin Zal and Przina, are located near the seaside town of Lumbarda, 6 kilometers east of Korcula town.
Przina is a longer beach and in the summer it gets early filled with tourists and locals. In whole area you can find few good quality hotels, luxury apartments and private rooms.