Korcula holidays

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The island of Korcula is the perfect place to soak up everything the Mediterranean has to offer. Korcula holidays are all yours, whether you want a romantic getaway for two or a snorkelling adventure with the whole family. Known for its pristine beaches, lush forests, and centuries of history, this tiny island boasts 20 miles of spellbinding coastline. 

In Korcula’s Old Town, medieval walls stand proudly while folk music echoes through the streets. The ancient town is home to luxury hotels, fine dining and some of the island’s most impressive landmarks, including the imposing St Mark's Cathedral. On the western tip of the island, Vela Luka is a bigger, less happening settlement - head for the Cultural Centre, which houses two Henry Moore sculptures. Much of the rest of Korčula is given over to agriculture, the signature product being the local dry white wine, Grk. Like the name of Korčula itself, originating from ‘Korkyra Melaina’ (‘Black Corfu’), Grk links back to the time of Ancient Greek settlers here. Korcula is a dazzling Croatian island that has it all: sun, sea, and culture in spades.

Island-hop to Korcula

Before we get to the good stuff, let's figure out how you're going to get there. Ferries calling at Split, Hvar and Lastovo dock at Vela Luka. The bus-and-boat service from Dubrovnik hops across from Orebić on Pelješac to Korčula town. The trip takes about three and a half hours. Take advantage of the fresh air while you try to spot dolphins and make the most of your time at sea. Don't have the time? If you want to shorten your trip, you can take the catamaran from Split via Hvar, which only takes an hour and 45 minutes.

Explore an ancient Roman island

If you're a culture vulture, you'll feel the pull of Old Town from the very first moment you step on the island. The ancient, walled town of Korcula regularly invites comparisons with Dubrovnik and will quickly sweep you up in its historical magic. The Land Gate entrance is your gateway to the 13th century Old Town. It will be easy to tell you’re in the right direction when you come to a small peninsula dotted with whitewashed houses with fiery-red clay rooftops. There's still an ancient fort on Korcula, surrounded by an imposing stone wall. The walls were built to keep pirates at bay. The island's most important landmark is St Mark's Cathedral, built in the 15th century. Visit the bell tower for spectacular views across the bay. Korcula Town Museum, across the street, offers a fascinating look at the island's history. There are four levels to explore, which make it a great place to learn about the ancient culture of the island. 

Feast on Dalmatian food and wine

A rich wine-growing island, Korcula’s vineyards are not to be missed. A delicate white wine is made from grapes from the vineyards near Smokvica and Cara. With a classic wine tasting experience, you can sample it along with a variety of others. If you're a foodie, you'll find a delicious haven of tastes and alluring smells throughout the village. Whether you enjoy a beach picnic or a classy seafood dinner, Korcula cuisine offers something for everyone.

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9 to 25 ℃

Want to soak up the sun? July and August are your best bet, with highs in the low 30s°C

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Fly to Split International Airport, around 50km away

Hvar is best for...

Beach lovers: Craving a relaxing time by the sea? Hvar is just the ticket. Whether it's easy-access family beaches, or rocky, secluded coves, the island's coastline is vast and breathtaking.

Foodies: Hvar is famous for its mouthwatering seafood, aromatic olive oils, and Dalmatian specialities, such as slow-cooked squid and paprika-laced fish stews - washed down with wine from a nearby vineyard.

Revellers: Whether you want to dance all night or just kick back with your friends, Hvar has a party for you. The settlements of Hvar Town and Stari Grad are surrounded by beach clubs and bars where you can dance the night (or day) away.

Fast facts for Hvar

Language: The language spoken is Croatian. Most of the locals speak impeccable English, but try to learn a few phrases, as Croatians appreciate the effort!

Currency: Croatian Kuna is the currency in Croatia.

Local time: Hvar Island is an hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Split International Airport, which is around 3 hours from Hvar Island by coach and ferry.

Flight time from the UK: 2.5-3 hours.

Tourist information: Find out more before going to Hvar Island Croatia over at www.visithvar.hr/

Getting around Hvar

By car hire: Want to take your time exploring the island? A rental car gives you the freedom to go wherever and whenever you like.

By bus: Buses are an excellent alternative to renting a car; they're convenient and affordable - and very reliable. Bus schedules change depending on the season, so ask your hotel reception for an up-to-date timetable.

By boat: Get around the coast by hailing down a taxi boat, or rent your own boat to glide around the island.

Events in Hvar

Faros Marathon: On the last Saturday of August, enthusiastic athletes from around the world congregate in Stari Grad on Hvar to take part in this 10-mile swimming marathon.

Hvar Summer Festival: Hvar's summer buzz begins in mid-June with Dalmatian singing (klapas) concerts, outdoor cinemas, and open-air food fairs.

Ultra Beach Hvar: The colossal dance music festival Ultra Europe takes place on the islands beyond Split - including Hvar. You can expect thumping EDM music, as well as beach parties galore.

Hvar safety and security

Hvar is not as enlightened as others in providing facilities for the disabled. Phone ahead to check your bar or restaurant provides disability access.

Though homosexuality was legalised in Croatia decades ago, you won't find people especially tolerant, particularly in the more rural areas. People tend to be more accepting in Istria, Rijeka and the capital of Zagreb, but discretion is advised when it comes to public displays of affection.

It’s a good idea to carry your passport with you at all times as it’s the only recognised form of ID for tourists visiting the country.

The currency here is the Croatian Kuna. You can withdraw money from cash machines using most international debit and credit cards, but your card issuer may charge you a fee.

Visa / Health: Before you travel to Hvar, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Korcula weather

Temperature: 9°C to 25°C

As one of Europe's sunniest spots, Hvar Island enjoys a favourable climate year-round. In spring and summer, you'll enjoy 12 hours of sunshine on average a day, with the mercury reaching the low thirties during July and August. May and June are ideal months to visit the island's natural attractions due to the slightly cooler temperatures. Temperatures also hover in the mid-twenties in September and October. The wettest month is November; temperatures decline steadily up until January when they drop to around 9°C, but the weather is still warm enough to take advantage of its natural beauty.

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