Korcula island, with its Mediterranean climate, is one of the most sunny and popular islands of the Croatian coast. The Dalmatian island, where explorer Marco Polo was possibly born, attracts thousands of tourists a year. Today a quick guide to Korcula town: what to do when you’re only there for 24 hours.
Korcula Island is a popular place for sun worshippers around the world. The island is also known for its amazing surfing opportunities. The laid back vibe is perfect for spending a weekend on the Croatian coast. I have to warn you though, you might stay longer than intended!
When you’re island hopping in Croatia, put Korcula on your list. I promise you it’ll we worth it!
Curious what you can do in 24 hours in Korcula Town? Here we go!
How to spend 24 hours in Korcula Town
Wander the small streets of the old town
Stone houses, small alleys and steep streets is what you can expect in Korcula’s Old Town. Like other Croatian towns, Old Town looks very charming with its orange roofs and compact center. It’s a great place to wander around in, trying to get lost (which is not really possible). Also you can find lot of shops selling jewelry and other souvenirs that you can show off to your friends.
Korcula town doesn’t have big sandy beaches, in fact most of the Croatian coast has rocky or pebbly beaches, but one thing is for certain: the sea is everywhere! Visiting Korcula town means seeing a lot of people swimming almost everywhere.
My favorite beach was a bit outside of town, at Medvinjak, a small town at a 15 minute walk from the Old Town. The beach is mostly visited by friendly locals, who don’t mind you taking a tiny spot of their paradise. Next to the small pebbly beach there’s a platform where you can sunbathe all you want.
If you don’t want to walk that far, take the stairs of the wall at Old Town. They will lead to a few rocky platforms next to the sea. I spent some time reading a book there without being disturbed.
Go discover the awesome views on Old Town
When you start planning your trip, the one thing you mostly see are gorgeous sky photo’s, images you can never recreate yourself. Well, this time you can. From the boulevard you go to the outskirts of the town, in the direction of Medvinjak. Soon you’ll find yourself on a steep road, circling up the hill. From the hill you can see the beautiful town of Korcula from above. Pretty pictures guaranteed!
Visit the town’s churches
Like in most of the Balkans people are very religious. For us this means you can visit a lot of beautiful churches everywhere. Korcula Town has several, all slightly different from the other ones. If you wander around the town long enough you will discover them in time.
Eat at Marco Polo restaurant
This is my favorite part of Korcula Town! One evening we walked by this restaurant, looking for a good place to eat. Some American tourists who were already eating there, told us we had to eat there. They had been there before many times and they told me that they dreamt of this place during the winter in the US. We took their advice and I do not regret this.
Marco Polo restaurant is a small family business where they serve freshly caught seafood from the grill, all of it soaked in the tastiest olive oil. The staff is simply amazing! They are so friendly and patient and they know a lot about the regional products. We ate our fish with a lovely bottle of Posip, a regional wine. Thanks to our American friends I’ve been dreaming of this place too now. Restaurant Marco Polo is located in one of the alleys of the Old Town. From the city walls it’s easily accessible, you can’t miss it.
How to get to Korcula
From Split you can take a catamaran to Korcula Town. In the high season it runs every day. From Dubrovnik it’s possible to take the ferry, which is actually my favorite: 5 hours of sunbathing on the deck, watching islands passing by, paradise!
Where to sleep in Korcula
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