We were looking for a beautiful but quieter island, further from the shore, so we decided to take a ferry from Split to Korčula. It turned out to be a long and expensive vacation, so overall I’d say it isn’t worth going so far.
• Beautiful bays with a lot of green vegetation
• There were never big crowds on the beaches (we avoided the family-friendly, sandy beaches, and looked for rocky or pebble beaches instead)
• I’d recommend taking the boat trip across to the beautiful island of Proizd (several boats depart every day, and it’s a short trip)
• It doesn’t have the same tourist infrastructure as other coastal areas and islands. There aren’t many ferry lines, so while for example there are a million ferry crossings between Split and Vis every day, allowing people to go across for a hike or a visit, while Vis is visible from Korčula, the only boat only goes on prior appointment, and only if a certain number of people (15?) sign up. In any case, it didn’t work out for us.
• If you haven’t booked accommodation in advance, it’s almost impossible to find it when you arrive. This island doesn’t work the same as other islands, where someone rents out a room or a nearby house, and it’s easy to get information from the owner. In fact, there are generally very few apartments to rent, which surprised us.
• The island isn’t good for cycling – unless you like mountain biking. The usual coastal route doesn’t exist on Korčula, and we couldn’t find a bike path, so unfortunately the bikes we brought were useless. Next time we take them somewhere we’ll do a little research on the local gradient first.
In short: Korcula is a very beautiful, virtually untouched and remote island which takes a long time to reach. For that reason there are few tourists, but this also means that certain services which are usual elsewhere don’t exist here…