We recently had the most incredible family adventure on the stunning island of Korčula, Croatia. From the moment we stepped onto the ferry in Split, we were so excited to explore the island’s best. With our hearts brimming with anticipation, we set off to discover the island’s pristine beaches and soak up the laid-back vibes of the towns. Join us as we recount the highlights of our family adventure on Korčula.
Where is Korčula?
Korčula is an enchanting Croatian island located in the Adriatic Sea, just off the country’s southern coast. It is part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and charming medieval town.
The island of Korčula is often referred to as “Little Dubrovnik” due to its resemblance to the famous walled city. The main attraction on the island is the town of Korčula, which is situated on the northeastern coast. The town is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, narrow cobbled streets, and historic buildings.
Aerial view of the Old Town of Korcula, Croatia
Korčula offers a mix of cultural and natural attractions. Visitors can explore landmarks such as the Cathedral of St. Mark, the Bishop’s Treasury, and the Marco Polo House, believed to be the birthplace of the famous Venetian explorer.
In addition to its historical charm, Korčula boasts beautiful beaches, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters. The island is dotted with vineyards and olive groves, producing excellent local wines and olive oils. Visitors can enjoy water sports, sailing, cycling, or simply relax and soak up the sun on the island’s picturesque beaches.
Ferry Ride from Split to Korčula
We boarded the ferry in Split, eager to commence our island getaway. The scenic ferry ride offered breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the scattered islands along the way. As the coastline of Korčula came into view, we couldn’t help but marvel at its rugged beauty. After a smooth sail, we arrived at the port of Korčula, ready to dive into its rich history and natural wonders.
Aerial view of a ferry sailing from Split to Korcula island
Beaches and Parks
Korčula’s beaches were our go-to for relaxation and beachy fun. One of our favorite hangout spots was Vela Prizna Beach, where we spent the afternoon relaxing, splashed in the crystal-clear waters, and worked on our tans. Another day, we ventured to Bilin Zal Beach, a beautiful pebble beach located in the town of Lumbarda on the island of Korčula. It felt like paradise!
Another beach we visited was Lenga FKK Beach, which is a nudist beach. Luckily, there was no one else when we visited since we didn’t come during the summer months. But we’re sure it would be an interesting place to visit in the summer, if you’re into that.
Korčula Island has several FKK (naturist) beaches where visitors can enjoy clothing-optional sunbathing and swimming. Some other popular FKK beaches on Korčula include Badija FKK Beach on the nearby island of Badija and Proizd FKK Beach on the island of Proizd, accessible by boat from Korčula.
But wait, there’s more! We discovered this awesome nature park called Park Foretic. This park is located a little south of the old town of Korcula
The place was a nature lover’s dream with its lush greenery, scenic trails, and all sorts of plants and animals. We hiked, took in the fresh air, and soaked up the peaceful vibes. It was nature at its finest.
Driving to the Old Town
We took a scenic drive from Vela Luka to the Old Town and drove through picturesque landscapes of Korčula Island. The road winds its way along the island’s coastline, so we saw lots of beautiful spots along the way, including Korcula’s countryside.
Exploring the Old Town of Korčula
No trip to Korčula is complete without a visit to the captivating Old Town.
The Old Town of Korčula, located on the northeastern coast of the island, is a charming and well-preserved historic area. Enclosed by protective walls, the town exudes a medieval ambiance with its narrow, cobbled streets.
Scenic view of the Old Town of Korcula, Korcula island in Croatia
The architecture showcases a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, including notable landmarks like the Cathedral of St. Mark and the Bishop’s Palace. The Marco Polo House, believed to be the birthplace of the famous explorer, adds an interesting historical touch. We wandered through the town and came across lots of cozy squares, inviting cafes, and shops offering local crafts and treats.
Central square of Korcula Old Town, Croatia
Ferry Ride from Korčula to Orebić
As our time on Korčula came to an end, we bid farewell to its beauty with a ferry ride to Orebić. Crossing the channel, we admired the panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the Pelješac Peninsula.
Orebić greeted us with its quaint streets, historical landmarks, and enticing beaches. We savored the laid-back atmosphere and indulged in fresh seafood, bidding farewell to the Adriatic with a sense of contentment.
Our family trip to Korčula was a great experience. From the ferry ride that marked the beginning of our adventure to the beaches, parks, and towns we explored, Korčula exceeded our expectations at every turn. As we journeyed back home, we felt grateful for the memories we made on this remarkable island.
The whole country of Croatia holds such a special place in our hearts, and we eagerly look forward to returning someday to create new memories and explore even more of its hidden treasures.