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The Top 5 Things to do in Korcula

While Korcula is a small island, there are plenty of things to see and do here. The alleged birthplace of world explorer Marco Polo, you’ll notice significant Venetian influence in Old Town Korcula, often referred to as a mini-Dubrovnik,” surrounded by walls, imposing gates and towers. There’s lots of history to discover throughout the island and you’ll find plenty of breathtaking scenery too. It’s covered with dense forests, something that led the Greeks to call it “Black Corfu,” with so many pine trees the island appears black from a distance. The landscapes also include vine-covered hills and beautiful beaches framed by clear turquoise waters. Whether visiting on a small ship cruise or independently by ferry, these are the top five things to do in Korcula.

1. Wander the Old Town

Korcula Old Town
Korcula church

Old Town Korcula is akin to a mini-Dubrovnik. When approaching you’ll be greeted by the Land Gate, standing as a testament to the town’s fortified past. Next to it is Revelin Tower, further amplifying the defensive architecture. Within the 13th-century walls is a labyrinth of atmosphere streets laid out in the shape of a fishbone, designed to protect residents from the elements. Discover impressive buildings like St. Michael’s Church, a baroque early 15th-century marvel, and St. Mark’s Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Dalmatian church architecture. Built over the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, it features several styles, including Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque. Shopping and dining are enjoyable too, with independent galleries and boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, and traditional eateries.

2. Go Wine Tasting in Lumbarda

Lumbarda Vineyard
Wine tasting glasses

The coastal village of Lumbarda is just a short drive south of Korcula’s Old Town and serves as the grape-growing center of the island with acres of vineyards inland producing the outstanding local white wine, Grk, a refreshing, crisp wine ideal on a warm summer’s day. The micro vineyards are only minutes from some of the most beautiful stretches of fine white sands and crystal-clear shallow blue waters, with many open for touring and tasting. Self-guided wine-tasting tours can be enjoyed on two wheels, with bicycles available for rent in Korcula Town. No matter how you visit, Popic Winery and Vitis Winery are two of the most popular. Both are family-run and offer picturesque views along with delectable wines.

3. Explore the Skoji Islets

Badija monastery

The Skoji Islets are easily reached by water taxi from Korcula Old Town, Lumbarda, and other departure points. Part of the Korcula archipelago, they’re a popular day trip with many arriving to swim in the crystal-clear sea and relax on their shaded beaches. Vrnik is the only inhabited island although there are no roads or cars. It offers fabulous spots for swimming and the best insight into the region’s important crafts with numerous abandoned quarries and homes testifying to the centuries-old craft of stonemasonry and sculptors. Badija may be the most scenic, with its cypress and pine trees, family-friendly swimming, 15th-century Renaissance architecture, and one of the best views of the entire archipelago, not to mention its friendly herd of deer.

4. Embark on a Buggy Safari Tour

Korcula buggies
Aerial view of Lumbarda scenery

If you want to escape the tourist crowds and immerse yourself in nature while enjoying hidden gems and popular spots on Korcula, take a buggy safari tour. There are multiple options but all offer a thrilling off-road adventure. You’ll begin with a safety briefing before heading out to discover some of the best beaches and some of the most beautiful, secluded bays on the island. Traverse landscapes with olive groves and vineyards above Lumbarda Village, through serene countryside, and picturesque hamlets. Many excursions stop at the famous Przina sandy beach in Lumbarda so that you’ll have time to relax and soak up the sun or even explore the underwater life with snorkeling equipment included.

5. Relax on the Beach

Gradina Bay Korcula
Korcula Beach

Finally, no Croatia vacation would be the same without spending some time relaxing on a beautiful beach. As noted, there are some great beaches in Lumbarda like stunning Vela Przina, surrounded by vineyards. This one is popular so it’s unlikely to be uncrowded during the warmer months but it does host a bar along with umbrella and chair rentals. On the south side of the island below Pupnat village is Pupnatska Luka, often ranked among Croatia’s most spectacular. It’s nestled in a cove backed by pine trees and edged by crystal-clear aquamarine water, providing a serene setting for sunbathing with a gently sloping shore perfect for swimming. Plus there are umbrellas and chairs for rent along with two waterfront eateries.

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