Badija

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A small island in Korcula Archipelago that features 14th-century Franciscan Monastery, some nice beaches and swimming spots as well as good walks to the top of the hill with great views. It is one of the largest islands in the Archipelago situated on the east side of Korcula Old Town, about 15 minutes taxi boat ride from Korcula’s harbour. (see detailed schedule here)

The Island covers the area of about one square km and is covered by dense true maquis vegetation, pine and cypress trees. There is a tarmac path around the whole Island great for some walking or mountain biking offering nice views and several handy swimming spots.

Historically, the island was first mentioned in the 14th century in some letters sent by the priest Vlaho Ivanovic from Korcula, who lived here as a monk in the Monastery. Some stone monuments found on the island are proof that Romans were also here long before.

Badija - island and monastery

Views over the Island from St Anthony Hill

Video – Boat to Badija:

Four minutes video clip of lovely sail from Korcula Old Town to Badija

Articles about the church and monastery on Badija:

The Franciscan Monastery – an introduction article and photos

The cloister of the Franciscan monastery – info and photos of the monastery

The Chapel of the Holy Cross – info & photos of the Chapel from the 17th century

The Church of Our Lady of Mercy – a church  built in the Gothic-Renaissance style in the 15th century

More info about Badija: