A Guide to Korčula, the Adriatic Masterpiece

Alex Cote, aka The Mindful Mermaid, visits one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands – Korcula – with camera in hand.

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Alex Cote, aka The Mindful Mermaid, visits one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands – Korcula – with camera in hand.

A trip to Dubrovnik is not complete without visiting the enchanting island of Korcula. Often referred to as “mini Dubrovnik”, Korcula is nothing short of an Adriatic masterpiece. The old-world architecture brings you back to Marco Polo’s era. The luminescent shores and lush countryside provide a serene escape. It’s no wonder that Korcula is a top destination for in-the-know travelers.

Whether you’re a beach bum, biker, or wine enthusiast, Korcula is the place to be. After spending a day in Korcula myself, I’ve collected the top attractions for your day-trip or weekend getaway. Here’s my mindful travel guide to this lesser-known paradise.

How to get there:

Korcula is the sixth largest Croatian island, a part of the Dalmatian archipelago along the Adriatic coast. The island is 49 nautical miles away from Dubrovnik and 57 miles away from Split.

You can take a ferry from Split or Dubrovnik with several different boat companies, mainly from May to October. It takes about two hours from Dubrovnik and two and a half from Split. I would recommend taking the earliest ferry, especially if you only plan to stay for one day.

It is important to note that the entire island is called Korcula, but the main part of town, including the Old Town, is called Korcula as well. So while the town of Korcula can be seen in a day, the entire island is over 275 square kilometers and would be better for a weekend.

I personally was only on Korcula for a day, but still didn’t get to see as much of the entire island as I would’ve like. The Old Town area is packed with history, restaurants, and beaches, while the rest of the island is quieter, yet offers a more authentic Korcula experience. More info

By Alex Cote  www.croatiaweek.com