Lumbarda is a large holiday village, located on the south eastern tip of the island of Korcula. This does not sound like something special, but boy did we have good time there! Not in bars, discos and clubs, but in local family farms where we tasted fantastic local grown food and wine. I can recommend agrotourism Lovrić (big up for Mr. Renci - thank you for everything!), and also the beautiful beaches in the vicinity and unspoiled nature. If you ask me, this is the best family vacation we ever had!
I recommend taking a flight to Dubrovnik and flying home from Split. The reason is that going in that direction you will be able to book your island hopping ferries in advance and avoid getting up at five or six am (to queue for tickets) on the day if you travel in the opposite direction. We visited Korcula where we stayed with the redoutable Priam in Karbouni,who made us feel part of their family summer, the canoes were free and the sea clear and enticing. We also went to Mljet which was more touristy but stunning. Trogir was used to film Dr Who and is small enough to get to know in three days, Split is an extraordinary a old town built in a Roman Palace. We could do the whole thing again with a completely different list of islands.
One more thing: the ice cream parlours were to die for and there was an ice cream "barista" in Dubrovnik who juggled the scoops as he served them. We took the kids with small backpacks each and they thrived on it.
Ferries to Korcula from Dubrovnik come in to Korcula Town and some Split ferries leave from Vela Luca a bus ride down to the other end of the island. Try starting with www.croatiaferries.com/ and itinerise!
Escape the cruise ship hordes in Korcula Town and the sunworshippers on Orebic beach by heading out to peaceful Stupe Island. This tiny outcrop in the Adriatic Sea (you can walk right round it in 20 minutes) has a small beach, superb snorkelling, rocks to dive off and a family-run shack, or Kornoba, serving freshly-caught grilled fish. The kitchen is built right into the rock and wooden tables overlook the dock beneath a shade of reeds. You can reach the island by water taxi from Korcula or, as we did, towed behind a speedboat on an inflatable banana! Just don't forget to ask to be picked up again after sunset.
Otok Stupe, Korcula Archipelago, Croatia
For table booking call mobile: +385 (0)98 933 76 11
Google map: bit.ly/MAco1h
Specifically, I recommend the mussels at KB: I saw them hand-delivered the morning of the day I dined there. KB serves a heaping plateful for less than $10. These are the best mussels I've eaten in my life, and I take my food (too) seriously.
Trip report, photos: shallowmusings.typepad.com/travel_musings/
Here's the website with the address:
If you're walking from the town center to Hotel Liburna: it's halfway, on your right.
Ideal accommodation for young travellers and visitors.
One of the few hostels in Croatia, the One Love is perfectly suited for young people looking for a cheap stay in Korcula (around £10 a night). It is ideally situated and certainly value for money.
The rooms are spacious, modern and kept in extremely good condition. Downstairs is a bar and social area, beautifully decorated with Indian materials and furnishing and offering interesting drink offers - try the buckets.
The hostel itself is run by an exuberant part Croatian, part South African former Big Brother contestant who goes by the name of Z. The themed parties in the bar go on late into the night and are a great way of meeting people from all over the world. If aged 18 -30 the One Love is a highly recommended place to stay when visiting Korcula.
Easily found just off the main square, near the marco polo travel agency. For more details go to: www.korculabackpacker.com
Lovely rustic restaurant at the top of the hill above Korcula. Good food and wine plus breathtaking views.
Island of Korcula
Tel: 00 385 20 711 410
We stayed in a newly refurbished studio apartment in the centre of the medieval Korcula town.
The location was perfect, just around the corner of the main piazza and cathedral.
The studio itself was very comfortable having its own private bathroom. The whole house was spotless.
The woman who owns and runs the place speaks good English and was very helpful and keen to give us all the information we needed to make our stay in Korcula pleasant.
So if you are planning to stay in Korcula, we would recommend this place.
Marco Polo Apartments, Ulica Marka Andrijica, Korcula Old Town, Korcula, Croatia
Their website is: www.marcopolo-apartments.com
Traditional sword dance which used to be performed across the Mediterranean but which is now unique to Korcula. Costumes are fantastic, sword fighting is enthusiastic (you can actually see the sparks flaring as blades hit each other) and the performance reeks with history and culture.
Performed in the open air cinema in Korcula old town.
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