One of the largest islands in Croatia, holidays to Korcula offer naturally beautiful scenery and ancient architecture galore.

Great outdoors

Sitting off the southern coast, and rumoured to be Marco Polo's birthplace, Korcula's one of the prettiest islands in Croatia. Whether you want to hike its steep hillsides, mountain bike past olive groves or hunt down the perfect hidden beach, it's the ideal destination for active explorers.

Old-school architecture

Nicknamed 'Little Dubrovnik', Korcula Town's bursting with history and traditional charm. Revelin Tower, the old town gate, is just a taster of the many monuments preserved within the walls. Photo-worthy examples include the 15th-century St Mark's Cathedral – its bell tower's easy to spot above the orange-topped buildings.

Underwater world

Don't miss the chance to scuba dive off Vela Luka on Korcula's west coast, one of the most fascinating underwater spots in the Mediterranean. Don your flippers to check out subterranean caves and old shipwrecks. If you'd rather a sunbathe instead, try out the little pebbly bays of Zrnovska Banja and Vrbovica.

Local grub

With hillsides of olive groves and rich coastlines, Korcula really shines when it comes to locally sourced ingredients. The restaurants here are famous for specialities like octopus carpaccio and perfectly prepped veggies. Wash it all down with a glass of Plavac Mali – a punchy regional wine made from blue grapes.

At a Glance

  • Check out St Mark's Cathedral in Korcula Town
  • Sample home-cooked food and local wines
  • Scuba in the underwater world of Vela Luka