Hospitable guesthouse owners, beautiful views, sun and beach - in other words, the charms of southern Dalmatia. All this can be found on the picturesque island of Korcula.
The May weekend is getting closer and it's high time to decide where to spend it this year. Maybe with friends for a barbecue, or maybe with family on a short trip abroad? If we are more inclined to the second option, one of the ideas worth considering is a trip to Croatia, to the island of Korcula (Korčula).
Walk in the Clouds
Keanu Reeves fans will surely remember the 1995 movie "Walk in the Clouds" . The romantic production was filmed in Californian vineyards, where mist spread over them in the morning, wrapping them in a milky duvet (hence the title). But you don't have to go all the way to Pasadena to be able to walk in the clouds - literally and figuratively. On the European continent, and more specifically in Croatia, we find mountain passes stretching above the cloud line. Driving them provides an amazing experience, and the farther, the more beautiful. When you go down the serpentines meandering around the mountains and in the mountains themselves, there is a vastness of azure water interspersed with small, charming islands in front of your eyes.
Korczula is easy to get to by ferry (and transport your vehicle on it). Several options include a course from Drvenika or Orebicz to Korcula, and a course from Rijeka or Split to Vela Luka. The ferry line also connects the island with Dubrovnik.
Marco Polo Island
All the towns of Korcula are worth visiting even when passing through. Due to its beauty, atmosphere and picturesqueness, the island is called Little Dubrovnik , and the hospitality of its inhabitants has been known for a long time. On tourist forums you can find information, among others about frequent refreshments, inviting to family gatherings and sharing drinks. And you have to know that the local wine is delicious.
The heart of Korczula is the resort bearing the same name. It is beautiful, historic and extremely noisy, and in the season it can also be mercilessly crowded. The Old Town, surrounded by defensive walls, resembles a fish skeleton (smaller, narrow streets divide from the main street, which is the "backbone" of the district). They were designed in such a way as to protect the inhabitants from too much sun and wind, which can blow here exceptionally hard.
The main attractions of the resort are undoubtedly St. Mark , as well as palaces - built in the Venetian Gothic style of Arneri, tempting with a Renaissance garden, and Gabrielis, which now houses the City Museum. Both are located in the immediate vicinity of the stately cathedral. Also noteworthy is the 16th-century town hall, the Ducal Palace standing nearby, and the Marco Polo house - a building considered the birthplace of the famous traveler.
Campsite in Korcula
People who want to spend their holidays on the island, but are more interested in camping than the hotel, will be satisfied. For such a small island, Korczula offers many accommodation options, and there are at least a few campsites. About 3 km from the old part of the town of Korcula, there is a large Camp Kalac (600 places). It is hidden in the shade of olive and pine trees, and its guests can easily rent a deckchair and beach umbrella, as well as a motor boat or a canoe. They can also learn to swim, dive or windsurf. An overnight stay in a motorhome costs about 6 euros, depending on the season.
We will pay a little less, 4 euros a day, at Camp Mindel , located approx. 5 km west of Vela Luka. A place for a motorhome costs 6 euro / day. The campsite is approximately 17 km from the town of Korcula (straight route number 118). It has olives and almond trees, and you can go jogging, play tennis or use the bowling alley.
May weekend on a Croatian island - sounds like a dream.
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