Hidden Gems of Korčula: Off the Beaten Path

Korčula, an enchanting island in the Adriatic Sea, is well-known for its picturesque beaches, medieval architecture, and vibrant cultural heritage. While many visitors flock to popular spots like Korčula Town and the beautiful sandy beaches of Lumbarda, the island harbors a wealth of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by those who venture off the beaten path. In this guide, we will uncover some of the lesser-known treasures of Korčula, from secluded coves and historic ruins to charming villages and local wineries. Additionally, we’ll introduce you to Villa Gabriela, the perfect base for exploring these hidden wonders.

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Discovering Secluded Beaches

Pupnatska Luka

Pupnatska Luka is one of Korčula’s most beautiful and secluded beaches. Nestled in a sheltered bay on the southern coast of the island, this pebble beach boasts crystal-clear waters and a tranquil atmosphere, making it the ideal spot for a peaceful day by the sea. The surrounding pine forests provide natural shade, and a small beach bar offers refreshments and light snacks.

Bacva Beach

Another hidden gem is Bacva Beach, a small, pebbly cove located on the southern coast of Korčula. This beach is less frequented by tourists, offering a serene escape from the more crowded spots on the island. The pristine waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, while the untouched natural surroundings create a picturesque backdrop for relaxation.

Vaja Bay

For those seeking an even more remote experience, Vaja Bay near the village of Račišće is a must-visit. Accessible by a short hike down a rugged path, this secluded beach is characterized by its clear turquoise waters and dramatic rocky landscape. The effort to reach Vaja Bay is rewarded with a peaceful and unspoiled beach experience.

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Korkyra Baroque Festival

Held annually in September, the Korkyra Baroque Festival is a cultural gem that showcases the rich history and artistic heritage of Korčula. The festival features performances by renowned baroque musicians in historic venues across the island, including centuries-old churches and palaces. Attending a concert during this festival offers a unique opportunity to experience Korčula’s history through the lens of baroque music.


St. Anthony’s Hill

A visit to St. Anthony’s Hill (Sv. Antun) offers both a historical and natural adventure. Located near the town of Korčula, this hill is home to a picturesque chapel dedicated to St. Anthony, dating back to the 14th century. The climb up the hill involves ascending 102 stone steps, lined with cypress trees. At the top, you are rewarded with panoramic views of Korčula Town and the surrounding landscape.

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Forteca Fortress

Perched on a hill above Korčula Town, Forteca Fortress (also known as Fort Wellington) offers a glimpse into the island’s military history. Built by the British in the early 19th century, this fortress provides stunning views of the town and the Adriatic Sea. The relatively easy hike to the fortress is well worth it for the breathtaking vistas and historical insights.


Charming Villages and Local Life


The village of Smokvica, located in the heart of Korčula, is known for its production of Pošip, one of Croatia’s finest white wines. Strolling through this charming village, you can visit local wineries and sample their offerings, while also exploring the traditional stone houses and narrow streets that characterize Smokvica’s unique charm.



Another village worth exploring is Čara, situated in a fertile valley surrounded by vineyards. Čara is famous for its Grk wine, a rare variety that grows exclusively in this region. The village’s picturesque setting and warm hospitality make it a delightful place to visit and experience authentic island life.


Blato, one of the oldest settlements on Korčula, offers a fascinating blend of history and local culture. The village is known for its wide avenue lined with linden trees, as well as the Church of All Saints, which houses an impressive collection of religious art. Blato’s traditional stone architecture and vibrant community life provide a glimpse into the island’s rich cultural heritage.


Villa Gabriela: Your Home Away from Home

To fully enjoy your exploration of Korčula’s hidden gems, a comfortable and luxurious place to stay is essential. Villa Gabriela, located on the island, offers an exceptional retreat that perfectly complements your adventure.

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Luxurious Accommodations

Villa Gabriela features a range of luxurious amenities designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience. The spacious lounge is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploration, while the formal dining area with seating for eight is ideal for enjoying meals with family and friends. The fully-equipped kitchen allows guests to prepare their own meals using fresh local ingredients, offering a true home-away-from-home experience.

Recreational Facilities

For those who like to stay active, Villa Gabriela boasts an exercise room complete with a bathroom, ensuring you can maintain your fitness routine even while on vacation. After a workout, unwind with a game of pool or enjoy some leisure time with the video game console PS4. The villa also features a smart TV, air conditioning, washer and dryer, and an iron/ironing board, ensuring all your needs are met during your stay.

villa gabrielaKorčula is a treasure trove of hidden gems, offering a wealth of experiences beyond its well-known attractions. From secluded beaches and historic ruins to charming villages and local wineries, the island invites you to explore its lesser-known wonders. Staying at Villa Gabriela adds a touch of luxury and comfort to your adventure, providing the perfect base from which to uncover Korčula’s off-the-beaten-path treasures. So, embark on your journey and discover the hidden gems of Korčula—a truly unforgettable experience awaits!