The Adriatic Coast is scattered with hundreds of islands so choosing which to visit can be a pretty daunting task. When I travelled to Croatia last year, it seemed like there were endless possibilities. You could quite easily spend your entire trip hopping between islands, staying overnight on any of the almost fifty Croatian islands that are inhabited or, if you were so equipped, camping on uninhabited ones.
One of the islands I visited was Korčula; a popular choice for both daytrippers and those staying overnight. Korčula Town juts out from the rest of the island, with the walls and orange roofed buildings that are typical of the region. The centre of the old town is a pedestrianised series of narrow marbled alleyways with gorgeous architectural gems just waiting to be explored by foot. Rumour has it that Marco Polo was born here and you will soon become familiarised with his visage as he and references to him crop up all over the place.
Around the edges of the old town are plenty of restaurants with terraces for al fresco dining and a small market. Further on from here are rocky beaches where you can relax or hire snorkels and kayaks in the summer.
The benefit of staying on Korčula is the opportunity to travel onwards to surrounding islands as well as offering enough time to soak in the laid back atmosphere. The island is easily reached from Dubrovnik’s bus station in a little over three hours (the same bus will take you on the ferry and through to the main old town, also named Korčula) or around twice as long travelling from Split. There are also ferries that run during the summer months. Look out for an upcoming post on another of Croatia’s islands! Have you ever visited Croatia?