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  • Countryside Adriatic island Eden
  • Country life Sea, sun and sword dancing

Just off Croatia’s sunny Dalmatian coast – amid an archipelago of tiny, beachy islets – is Korcula, an island crammed with cobbled streets and classic waterfront seafood restaurants serving up the morning’s catch.

The town of Korcula, a mostly mediaeval settlement at the eastern tip of its eponymous island, overlooks the clear waters of the Adriatic and the tiny neighbouring islands beyond; within the city walls, the cobbled streets of pedestrian-only Old Town are well worth a wander. Inland, there’s a wealth of wineries waiting to be explored – Croatian wines are becoming increasingly respected, and local oenophiles will be thrilled to guide you to the greatest grapes – and the island’s crisscrossed with near-heavenly hikes: for the best views, head up to highest points, Klupca and Kom. And between beach days and boat trips, take in a spot of traditional moreska sword dancing: it’s like morris dancing, but with sharper implements and a lot more Croatian cool.

Do go/Don’t go

In summer, when the Adriatic’s warm enough for swimming, some of Korcula’s beaches can get crowded; escape the tanning crowd by boat to another of the archipelago’s sandy shores, instead. July and August are the Dalmatian coast’s busiest months, but May and September are almost as warm.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Touch down at Dubrovnik Airport – also called Cilipi Airport – which is on the mainland, two hours from Korcula. In addition to regular domestic flights, the airport has direct services aplenty to other European destinations, including London (Gatwick and Stansted), Birmingham, East Midlands, Paris, Belfast, Berlin, Dublin, Moscow, Barcelona and Milan.
  • Boats Travel from the mainland by ferry from Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar or Rijeka (www.jadrolinija.hr). Or, arrive in style from Split, Hvar or Dubrovnik, travelling by motorboat.
  • Automobiles If you arrive at the port with a car to explore the island, keep in mind you’ll have to park outside the city walls of Korcula’s Old Town — some of the island’s mediaeval cobbled streets are pedestrian only.