If Dubrovnik and the sparkling Adriatic were to have a love child, Korcula would be it. Small but mighty, what Korcula lacks in size it makes up for in natural beauty – woodlands, olive groves and vineyards are dotted across the island, interspersed with sleepy fishing villages, hidden coves and beaches and of course, Korcula’s piece de la resistance, the old town. Travellers come to Korcula for the famed local wine and a slice of Mediterranean life but what they leave with is so much more – a glimpse into what makes this little island so utterly unique. No Croatia tour is complete without a Korcula pitstop, so add these 5 things to your to do list…
EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN
The beating heart of the island, Korcula Old Town is, quite frankly, bloody beautiful. The comparisons to Dubrovnik are easy to see – the smooth marble streets, terracotta roofs and Medieval city walls are pretty much a like for like – but it’s the fishbone structure of the town that makes it so unique. And it doesn’t stop there, packing a punch with sights like St Mark’s Cathedral and the Marco Polo museum (the style icons birth place no less). As for food, the family owned restaurants may look quaint, but they sure are delicious.
INDULGE IN LOCAL FOOD
The island life calls for seafood at every meal, and Korcula sure as hell doesn’t disappoint. The buzaru (mussels) are fresh to death, whilst brodet, a fresh fish cooked with tomatoes, parsley, garlic and white wine, will have you re-evaluating all other relationships in your life. And it’s not just the fish that will have you returning 5 pounds heavier – pasticada, makaruni and peka are all mouth-wateringly delicious. You may not know what they are all right now, but once you get to Korcula, you’ll thank us.
EXPLORE THE BEACHES
Croatia’s coastline is beautiful in every way with only one small ingredient lacking – sand. But this is where Korcula differs from its mainland counterpart, with the southern end of the island dotted with small quiet coves and sandy beaches just made for lazy summer days. Of course, this being Croatia, the island also has its fill of pebble beaches on the northern shore, where the snorkelling is seriously on point.
DRINK AT MASSIMO COCKTAIL BAR
The ultimate destination bar, Massimo’s cocktail bar is one of the worst kept secrets on Korcula. Set in the turret of the 15th century Zakerjan Tower, the bar can only be reached first by stairs, then by ladder. Cocktails are then bought to you by way of a pulley system as you take in the view from all around. Climbing up that ladder with a clear head is one thing. Climbing down after a few potent cocktails…interesting.
DANCE AT THE HALF NEW YEAR PARTY
On June 30th every year, locals and travellers alike come together to celebrate the half new year, a summer celebration really unlike any other. Plazas come alive with live performances, masqueraded crowds and musicians as party goers of every age join forces to celebrate the beginning of a new half year. Locals welcome travellers into the fold like long lost relatives, so come next June 30th, we’ll be seeing you in Korcula, right?
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