Next on our Croatian, Island hoping adventure was the nature island of Korcula, Croatia which took a bit of traveling to get there. After leaving Hvar Town we drove about an hour and ½ to the end of the island and at the port town of Sucaraj we boarded a Jadrolinja ferry to Drevnik, then a ½ hour drive to Ploce for another ferry to Trpanj, then another ½ hour drive across the Peninsula to Orebic for one last ferry, finally arriving in Korcula at the town of Domince.
Here is a quick video tour of Korcula
We drove around the island to find our new home base which was an Airbnb apartment in the sleepy coastal town of Zavalatica. The drive was amazing, climbing high above the open Adriatic and almost touching the clouds while dangling on the edge of a cliff sided road that made for spectacular, awe inspiring vistas. The beauty of where the blue sky meets the blue sea, shades of the same color defining the islands out on the horizon like a three-dimensional painting, an allusion we were living in. We arrived at Zavalitica and were kiddy with our accommodations, a lovely seaside apartment with the best outdoor space you can get. A vine covered terrace right out our front door that overlooked the sea and to the right the sleepy harbor and our private beach below. The beach was a series of tapered rock that descended into the sea filled in with concrete to make perfect smooth terraces for sunning and a ladder that climbed into the sea for swimming. It was heaven to just sit with a coffee in the morning, watch the waves splashing onto the rocks and listen to the sound of the sea and nature all around. If you missed it here is a video of our apartment at Zavalatica.
The main attraction on Korcula is its old medieval town surrounded by towers and fortifying walls that protect it from the harbor. The central square is home to the Cathedral of St. Mark, centuries old and with a very Venetian ambiance that give it the nickname ‘Small Venice’ although it looks like a mini Dubrovnik. At the back of the old town and down along the waterfront is an oasis of palms that line the promenade of restaurants and cafes and as with any tourist site there are plenty of shops and souvenirs to be found. We made a few trips in the old town for lunch and a local beer while trying some of the touristy adventures like a glass bottomed submarine that gave us a tour of Neptune’s world below.
Another big draw on Korcula is its many beaches where you can take the sun and a dip in the Adriatic surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer.
Korcula is also known for its excellent white wine, Posip which is grown throughout the island, it has a crisp, slightly acidic taste perfect with the local seafood and a great summer sipper. Our Airbnb owners made their own and it was delicious, they were so kind as to give us two bottles that we enjoyed over our stay.
Korcula was Zen like, peaceful, even a bit sleepy during this off-season time but it was just what we needed after the busy and social stay we had on Hvar. It was the last of the Croatian islands we visited, our next and final stop is back to mainland for a six night stay in the most famous of Croatian cities and a dominate stop on the cruise ship circuits, Dubrovnik. Here is a link to the photo gallery.