Where to stay on Korcula Island?
The question of where to stay on Korcula Island is one often emailed to me and of course simple answer is that it depends what you’re looking for.
I recommend that you start off by having a look at the map of places on Korcula Island to familiarise yourself where the different places are located on the island in order to plan your stay. Bear in mind that distance between Korcula Town and Vela Luka is 50 Km, which is about 50 minutes drive by car, or about an hour by bus.
On the western tip of Korcula Island you will find Vela Luka, which is located in a large bay. Vela Luka has a couple of nice hotels as well as plenty of private accommodation such as houses, rooms and apartments located in the town itself. In the near vicinity of Vela Luka, the string of bays and small settlements dotted along the western coast of the Island, you will also find places to stay in private accommodation.
Blato, Smokvica, Cara and Pupnat (check map of Blato and Smokvica and map of Cara and Pupnat ) are located in the continental part of the Island. Although not places to stay if you are after swimming and sunbathing, they are good for other activities such as walking and hiking, cycling, bird watching etc.
Prizba, Brna and Zavalatica are good places to stay, as they are located on the sea shores of the Island and beside two popular hotels: Hotel Pricapac and Hotel Feral they have plenty of private accommodation on offer. Unfortunately, the public transport to these places is inadequate, so if you choose to stay there you will need to rely on taxis or your own transport. (check map of Prizba, Brna and Zavalatica and the surrounding area )
The village of Lumbarda and Zrnovo are suitable places to stay if you would like to be in vicinity of Korcula Town, as they are only 3-4 km away. Lumbarda has more accommodation on offer than Zrnovo. They both have frequent bus connections with the Town (except in the evenings). The village of Racisce (12 km away from Korcula Town) has some nice rooms and apartments on offer but unfortunately suffers from the same lack of public transport in the evenings (check map of Lumbarda and Zrnovo and map of Racisce with surrounding area).
Korcula Town is the most popular place to stay – it is located on Eastern side of the Island and it is historically the centre of the Island. People choose to stay here because of Korcula Old Town and its architecture, history, museums, Moreska sword dance, beaches, restaurants, night life etc. The town has several hotels as well as plenty of private accommodation on offer.
In one of my next posts I will write about which neighbourhoods you can consider to stay in Korcula Town.