Lumbarda, Korcula

Reader’s Trip Report: Korcula and its many charms

We were delighted to be contacted by a gentleman named David who recently enjoyed a holiday on Korcula with his wife. Read on below for his charming trip report, including tips on what to see and do on Korcula, and where to eat. – Visit Croatia

Hello, there, I just thought I’d drop you a line to tell you what a fantastic time we had in Korčula last month.

We were surrounded by folk who were spending one or two days there and then zooming off to Bosnia, Austria, Romania, Montenegro and wherever. This sounds like far too much admin to me!

Especially as there was so much to see and do to keep us busy for our 10 glorious days – which included a day trip to Dubrovnik.

Trip Report Korcula

Korcula Town

We went kayak-ing round the islands, and hired bikes and rode to the most beautiful ‘secret’ bay – Samograd – and were the only people there. Obviously, we had our own private swim in our own private bay. Luxurious!

On the way back, we enjoyed a fabulous lunch at a restaurant in Račišće where there was a christening/confirmation party going on (I think – my Croatian is non-existent!) at which some guests were entertaining everyone with lively local vocal music on the accordion. Sublime!

In fact, wherever we went, wherever we ate (and/or drank), everywhere was top notch and very nice. Especially the Konoba and, more especially, Konoba Nona, where we visited regularly — and not just because it was on the way to and from our hotel (the very excellent Liburna).

Lumbarda, Korcula

Lumbarda

We also hired a small boat to explore some of the nearby islands. In truth, it’s primary function was to get us to Lumbarda where we could swim and eat lunch at our favourite bar, the truly marvellous Bilin Žal.

And we still had lots on our To-Do list, including: a trip to Mljet, donkey trekking on Korčula, visiting Vela Luka and more.

The weather was gorgeous, the town was lovely; everyone was friendly, everywhere was tidy and clean. And, at one point, as we sipped the lovely local Grk wine, watching the warm spring sun disappear into the beautiful blue Adriatic, I said to my wife Annie: “Do you know, I don’t think I have been this relaxed for decades.”

So, I’d just like to say and very big thank-you for being there. And being so marvellous.

And many thanks too, to the people of Korčula who were so wonderfully warm and welcoming.

One day, hopefully, we will return to enjoy the many charms of Korčula once more!

Dave and Annie Hardy, Laugharne, in West Wales

Thank you, David and Annie, for sending us such a lovely report on your holiday on Korcula!

Ferries in Croatia - Jadrolinija catamaran

New Jadrolinija catamaran line from Dubrovnik to Korcula, Hvar and Bol!

Croatia’s main ferry company Jadrolinija will be running a brand new catamaran line for summer 2016! The new Jadrolinija catamaran line will connect Dubrovnik with Korcula, Hvar Town and Bol – meaning that some of the Croatia’s most popular destinations and islands are connected.

Ferries in Croatia - Jadrolinija catamaran

A Jadrolinija catamaran departing Hvar Town

Operating daily from 1st July to 11th September, the catamaran will sail from Dubrovnik in the morning and make the return journey in the late afternoon/evening. That means that you could potentially make day trips to Hvar and Bol from Dubrovnik using this catamaran service. (And to Korcula of course as well – although this was already possible.)

What will also interest many travellers is that this catamaran can also be used to make day trips from Hvar to Bol on Brac! (Although, as you can see from the timetable, not the other way around.) There’s currently only a catamaran service – also run by Jadrolinija – connecting Jelsa on Hvar with Bol.

The full timetable:

Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Bol

Full details of this service and prices can be found on the Jadrolinija website. We’d definitely recommend pre-booking this Jadrolinija catamaran if you intend to travel on it – booking can be done Jadrolinija’s homepage – as we’re sure this will be an exceedingly popular service.

Kapetan Luka have run another catamaran service for a few years which has also proved to be exceedingly popular. Their service also runs daily (in high summer), and several times a week in May and October, connecting Split, Milna (Brac), Hvar Town, Korcula, Pomena (Mljet) and Dubrovnik. This line however goes from Split in the early morning (reaching Dubrovnik at midday), and from Dubrovnik in the late afternoon (reaching Split at 8.20pm). The full timetable, prices and ticket booking can be found on the Kapetan Luka website.

For more on travelling around Croatia by sea, check out our Ferries in Croatia and Ferry and Catamaran Prices sections.

Bon voyage!

Three Men Go To Venice…via Croatia

Croatia was nicely featured in a BBC2 broadcast of the first episode of a new series last night, the latest in the Three Men In A Boat set of documentary shows. Featuring comedians Dara O Briain, Rory McGrath and Griff Rhys Jones, previous programmes have seen them take part in various japes – on boats – in Britain and Ireland. This particular series sees the trio start their journey in Montenegro, making their way up the Adriatic – via various Croatian towns and islands – with the aim of reaching Venice to take part in a gondola race there. (I suppose they could have just gone straight to Venice for water escapades there, but that probably wouldn’t fill two 1-hour episodes. Having said that, Griff Rhys Jones revealed that the original title of the show was supposed to be Three Go To The Balkans, but that was apparently deemed unappealing sounding.)

The Croatian section of last night’s episode (with more of Croatia featured next week) showed them in Dubrovnik, Korčula and Vis. Having sailed into Dubrovnik in rather stormy weather, on a boat that was part of a holiday flotilla, they awake to glorious sunshine and there’s a comedy-sketch-like scene where Rory McGrath returns with breakfast for all of them – including some kind of pig’s ear – only for the other two to have decamped to a local cafe.

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