|Travel Tips| :: The Island of Korčula △ Croatia ::

Warning: This post is super long, maybe the longest on the blog. ;)

This year we decided for a holidays in Croatia, cuz I wanted holidays were I can rest and not carry my backpack every second day. :) So, the only logical thing was to pick an island and Korčula was the winner. Just so you'll get the idea I'll write a bit of basic stuff if you never heard of Korčula before, but travel tips are for the people that already decided to go there (sorry). :) 
The island of Korčula is a south Dalmatian island situated in parallel with the land in the west-east course. It is 46,8 km long while the average width is 5,3 - 7,8 km. It is sixth largest Adriatic island. Coastal area is 182km long. The coast has a lot of bays and coves. In the summer average temperature is 26,9 degrees, while the maximum temp. rises up to 40 degrees. The most frequent wind in summer is the west wind - maestral. Korčula is also one of the most forested Adriatic islands. 
People are really kind, towns very romantic, water clear blue and beaches vary from sand to stone ones. To get to the island you'll need to take a fairy, where you have multiple options. We took the one from Orebić, Pelješac because we calculated it's the cheapest option, when traveling with a car. I'd recommend hiring a car/scooter when on the island, because it's a great way to get around. Also, there are plenty of buses from what I've heard, but can't tell you more about that, since we didn't really use them.

We made a reservation one day before the road trip and we decided to go with Airbnb. I was sure I won't get a reply in time, but I was so surprised when Emina confirmed in only 5 min since my request was made. That was a good sign. It was my first time using Airbnb, so I wasn't sure what to expect or how things work. I'm telling you now, it was great! We had a great deal for the apartment we took. Emina (our host) and her family & friends were super nice. When we arrived she made us coffee and served a homemade cake with ice-cream, so we had a couple of minutes to relax after a long way before she took us to our room, which was neat, too big (had an extra room we didn't 
even use), simple and had a great balcony with the overview on the bay, where there were 
wonderful sunrises/sunsets (usually I catched only sunset, cuz sunrise was a bit too early for a night bird like me). :) btw, you can find a link to stay with Emina, here. I wouldn't recommend it if I wouldn't enjoyed it. ;) 

The only sunrise that I saw and if Im honest I went to the balcony, took a photo, enjoyed five minutes and went back to bed.

I guess it depends what you want from your holidays, but I wanted to have a calm and relaxed holidays, where I have enough time for sport, books, walking around and sleeping on the beach. I think Korčula can offer a lot of things, also crazy parties if you wish for it, because I saw that in the center there was a lot of party boats and a lot of party people. I wasn't in the mood tho, I guess I prefer a party weekend in Berlin. ;)

We were in Lumbarda, which is 10min away from Korčula. There is plenty of running/bike paths. I was running mostly early in the morning (6am is a good hour, because at 7am is already damn hot) or at the evening, before the sunset. ;) So this is one thing that you can do.. run or bike. If you have more questions about the paths or anything else, you can also write me an e-mail. 
Oh, btw they have fish picnics on Fridays in Lumbarda - plenty of local/good food & drinks. ;) 

My fav running path that leads to a beach and vineyard

.. If you're not feeling sporty, just chillax and read a book or two & have a coffee with a view.

There is also plenty of options for day trips. ;)

One of them is to rent a kayak and go around the nearest islands. That's an amazing experience that I would recommend to everyone. You can go on an organised kayak trip or you can do it by yourself. I prefer the second option, because you have all the freedom to make your own choices of where to go or how long you want to stay somewhere. I think it was 200 HRK for a whole day / kayak. We found some amazing beaches that were there just for us.

One of the places you have to visit is definitely Pupnatska Luka. The most amazing beach on the island. There is almost no shade there, so prepare for that. Also, there is a nice bar, with really cool employees that give you a "shot of something good", make some jokes and most importantly, make you feel welcomed. You can stay there for hours and play cards or whatever. Try their burgers (delicious!) and one of the natural homemade juices. You have to pay for parking, but thats like three euros for a whole day I think (i forgot the exact amount, but its like nothing). 

Another must is a trip to Proizd Island that you can reach from Vela Luka, where you take a small boat, that goes every hour (i think). You pay 50 HRK / person + 50 HRK for a parking. You need aprox. 45 min to reach Proizd, but it's all worth it! The beaches are amazing!! It supposed to be one of the most beautiful beach in Croatia. BTW, there is literally no shade and only one bar, so bring enough liquids with you and don't forget on the sun screen!

+ a deserved ice-cream and a sunset in Vela Luka 

& of course, spend a day or two in Korčula, walking around the old town, enjoying dinner, listen to some music (live bands almost every night). We ate in "Aterina" which I highly recommend because the pasta and shrimps were delicious + the staff was really nice. If you are more of a meat person, next door is "Nono" which was our first option, but there was no free table. A hipster place, where beards are popular and everything looks yummy. :) There is also a bunch of restaurants on the defence wall (don't really know how to explain, but when you'll see it, you'll understand), which all look pretty good, but for me it was too touristic, so this other option on the square was a bit better, even though it was still really packed with people. Ha, don't forget about the wine, they have some really good ones! ;)

Until the next time....

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