A magical, unspoilt archipelago of a thousand-plus islands stretching along Croatia’s southern coast. A heady mix of sea, mountains, adventure sports and medieval buildings
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Korcula Archipelago [Boating, sailing & kayaking]
Korcula, Dalmatia, Croatia
Just offshore from the medieval walled town of Korcula, in the sea channel between Korcula island and Peljesac peninsular, lies this gorgeous archipelago.
Most of the islands are tiny and virtually uninhabited; the largest is Badija (served by taxi boats from Korcula), with a pretty pebble beach with sunbeds and parasols to hire, while pocket-sized Stupe is home to the popular Moro beach.
Surrounded by warm crystal-clear waters in shades of deep blue and stunning turquoise, and planted with fragrant pinewoods, this group of idyllic islets are ideal for exploring by yacht, motorboat or kayak.
Getting there & doing it
Arrive in Korcula Town by high-speed catamaran from either Dubrovnik or Split (there’s a daily service through the warmer months April to October). Most of the various organised tours depart from there.
Adventure sports specialists Korcula Outdoor run sea-kayaking tours (half-day; full-day; sunrise or sunset) from Korcula Town.
If you want to stay overnight, head to the Lesic Dimitri Palace or The Fabris. If you stay at the Lesic Dimitri Palace, they have a sleek yacht and a traditional wooden boat available to guests for private tours.
When to do it
Tours run throughout the warmer months, from May to October, but in July and August its best to do a sunrise or sunset tour to avoid the heat – kayaking does mean extended exposure to the sun.
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