Following up on Monday’s Part One Croatia post, today I am excited to continue the journey by recapping my time in Korcula, Dubrovnik and Cavtat.
Korcula is an island a bit more off the beaten path where you can escape some of the crowds for some of the most pristine beaches and views in all of Croatia. Korcula was a big highlight on my trip and would highly recommend adding to anyone’s visit.
Stroll through the old town of Korcula, which is a walled city built back in the 13th century. Entering through the main Land Gate, you can climb the Revelin tower to see some great views. As you walk through, you will reach St Mark’s Cathedral in the center. Soon you will stumble upon Marco Polo’s house, and while his birthplace is still a mystery, Korcula claims to call him its own. The town is very walkable or many tour companies offer a biking excursion to see it all.
Korcula is home to many beautiful sandy beaches, while the majority of Croatia beaches are pebbly. I visited Lombarda, which is on the eastern part of the island and accessible by water taxi from the old town, a breathtaking trip on its own. We walked to Beach Tatinja, which is a small bay from the center of the town, surrounded by lots of coffee shops and small restaurants.
Korcula is also well-known for producing wine, and there are a variety of wine tours available from the center of town. The most popular trips are to Lumbarda or Smokvica wineries, either by taxi, bike or boat. You can’t miss Grk, an indigenous grape only grown in Lumbarda that makes a refreshing glass of white wine.
Eats & Drinks
Massimo Cocktail Bar
A bar with a lounge atmosphere that is set at the top of the medieval tower with amazing views. Note you will have to climb a ladder up and down to reach it!
With comfortable couches on a patio, this bar is about ten minutes from the center of town but well worth the quiet views of the sunset over the sea.
Often ranked the best restaurant in town, Aterina offers tapas with traditional Croatian cuisine right on the port.
With a hand written menu and fresh food, Filippi is another must visit on the port.
I chose to stay in the town of Korcula as it was the most accessible to reach other places. With seven hotels on the island and numerous private accommodations found on Booking.com, you can’t really go wrong and all are reasonably priced. I stayed at White House Apartments, which was in a great location and clean, but nothing to boast about. Some additional recommendations:
Dubrovnik is an enchanting city on the sea with a bustling city life steeped in history and tradition.
Walls of Dubrovnik:
Probably the most infamous sites of Dubrovnik, the walls that surround the Old Town served as defensive structures that span over a mile long. The Walls are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are a must to walk through for both the history and the views. While the most popular attraction, try to go in the early morning and early evening, and be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water. You can buy a ticket at any of the entrances within the Old Town.
Within the city walls is the Old Town that deserves a nice stroll through as well. Follow along the main street of Placa and visit the museums, churches and public buildings.
Cable Car Ride:
From the downtown of the city, a cable car will take you to the top of Mountain Srd. The short trip offers breathtaking views of the town and there is a café at the top to soak it all in.
Walking the walls, you will see many kayakers in the sea below you. With many tour groups that offer half or full-day excursions, kayaking is a way to see the city from the opposite direction!
If you are seeking refuge to the water, visit Banje Beach Club where you can enjoy a chair on the beach with a drink in hand.
Eats & Drinks
A local’s favorite, Pantarul uses only local ingredients and their fish is so fresh.
Gil’s Little Bistro
Tucked on a side street off the bustling Old Town, Gil’s Little Bistro offers an amazing European experience with a specialty in meat dishes.
D’Vino Wine Bar
In the heart of Old town, D’Vino offers an extensive wine menu featuring local vineyards.
While seemingly a bit touristy as it is situated within the walls itself with amazing views, 360 actually has some great views to back up their location. But be sure to book in advance – this one fills up fast!
Be sure to find out what part of town you want to stay in – while the Old Town makes for a convenient location, the hotels are often overpriced and are mostly private accommodations. I would recommend staying in Ploce as it is a short, scenic walk to the town with amazing views. I stayed at Hotel Excelsior, which comes HIGHLY recommended. Many people also stay in Lapad where you can find many brand-name hotels.
A much more low-key seaside town located just a 30-minute drive away from Dubrovnik, Cavtat was another big highlight on the trip for being a bit more off the beaten path. If you are flying into or out of the Dubrovnik airport, it is actually only about 10 minutes away and well worth the stop.
There is a tree-lined footpath that follows the coastline where you can get in some exercise while stumbling upon bathing areas and hidden restaurants.
Walk along the harbor where you will see some amazing yachts across from cute restaurants, bars and shops.
Much less crowded than neighboring Dubrovnik, enjoy the pebbly peaches that Cavtat has to offer. Hotel Croatia offers rentable chairs and umbrellas to enjoy with tours stationed to offer any water activities desired.
Eats & Drinks
Located right on the harbor, Bugenvila offers dishes with unique ingredients and flavors, all with great service.
Beach Bar Little Star
Along the footpath, you will stumble upon this dive bar that has the most impressive views of the peninsula. Be sure to come here for a drink around sunset!
For a lunch or dinner, Leut offers the best seafood al fresco.
I stayed at the amazing Hotel Croatia, which is a luxurious 5-star hotel. With numerous restaurants and two beach lounging areas, you don’t even have to leave the compound!
Have you ever been to Croatia? What was your favorite part? Did I miss anything?
I’d love to hear from you!
xx Jet Set Steph