To be honest, we visited Korcula with kids mainly because it was easy getting to Korcula from Hvar. In addition, the Hvar to Korcula ferry was a convenient stop between our 2 days on Hvar with kids and our final Croatia stop where we spent 2 days in Dubrovnik with kids.
Sure, we had read about how beautiful the Korcula Old Town is, but normally we look for more than just a beautiful town, we look for fun outdoor activities like hiking or going to the beach.
We didn’t know what to expect for things to do in Korcula with kids, but we ended up having a 2 incredible days in Korcula, Croatia!
Korcula with Kids
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5 Things to do in Korcula with Kids
1. Old Town Korcula
Korcula, Croatia is a small city blessed with an amazing Old Town. Filling a small thumb-shaped peninsula, the walled city of Korcula dates back to the 15th century.
It’s fish-bone layout was ingeniously designed to keep Korcula residents warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Not only that, but exploring the uniquely shaped Old Town is a really fun thing to do in Korcula with kids.
Our ferry to Korcula from Hvar arrived mid-morning and we waited out a lunchtime thunderstorm in our Korcula apartment rental. After our little guy’s nap was over, we walked to the Old Town to do some exploring.
We entered the Korcula Old Town through the south gate via a large and elegant stone staircase. We walked up the main street all the way to the end, stopping along the way to admire the Cathedral of Saint Mark, the charming Korcula Old Town side streets and do some souvenir window shopping.
Once we reached the north end of Korcula Old Town we stopped and enjoyed the views of the towering mountain of Peninsula Peljesac across the water.
Turning back south, we started letting the kids decide which side streets we were going to explore. The kids loved these narrow passageways with flowers, restaurants, shops, stairs to climb, houses, etc. There was a new adventure or surprise around every corner.
Exploring Old Town was one of our favorite things to do in Korcula with kids!
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2. Hiking from Korcula to Kocje Protected Area
For our first full day on this beautiful Croatian island we did an amazing Korcula hike. In fact, I’d say our Korcula hike was the best hike from our entire family trip to Croatia!
Our 4.5 hour, 7.5mile (12km) Korcula hike took us to the British built fort (“Fortica“), perched high on a hill to the SW of town. Our enjoyable hike then wound through Zrnovo, one of the oldest settlements on Korcula Island.
The best part of this amazing Korcula hiking trail was the Kocje Protected Area, a narrow valley with some pretty amazing rock formations.
The Kocje park is overgrown with moss and ivy vines, turning the place into vibrant green, even in the shade, making the whole place feel magical.
The entire hike from Korcula to Kocje treats you to amazing views of the countryside and the Adriatic Sea below.
If you are looking for an excellent hike on Korcula, we highly recommend the hike to the Kocje Protected Area. It ended up being one of our favorite things to do in Korcula with kids.
For more details on this fun family hike, read more on Hiking from Korcula to Kocje.
3. Beach Ispod Duvana
In the afternoon, we walked back to Beach Ispod Duvana – a tiny little beach near Korcula Old Town we had passed on our way back into town after our family hike to Kocje.
Beach Ispod Duvana a tiny Korcula beach measuring roughly 5 feet by 40 feet, but it had small rocks and small waves and was a fun thing to do with kids for an hour or so.
As you can see, this tiny Korcula beach was close enough to town that it affords some pretty amazing views of the Korcula peninsula. The beach was a little dirty, with lots of smooth beach glass, etc., but it wasn’t so bad that it wrecked the outing for anyone. The kids mostly spent their time at Beach Ispod Duvana finding interesting rocks, then chucking them into the water.
4. Hiking to Peninsula Raznjic
This morning we hopped on the 8am local bus from Korcula Old Town to Lumbarda to do a little hiking and then finish the morning at the beach.
We got off the bus at a cute little Catholic church just east of Lumbarda. This is the final stop on the route before the bus turns back to Korcula.
Unfortunately, we didn’t spend any time in the town of Lumbarda, but this post is full of things to do in Lumbarda.
From here, there are two roads to choose from – the southeast one goes to Przina Beach and the eastern one goes to Peninsula Raznjic which sits at the very eastern edge of Korcula Island.
We wanted to hike the trails on Peninsula Raznjic, so we walked east. The walk towards Peninsula Raznjic was on a quiet country road lined with charming vineyards and olive groves. It was a very enjoyable family walk and we even got to see two large, colorful pheasants.
Soon the road transitioned to forest which provided some welcome relief from the hot Croatian sun. The road climbed up a little bit, providing some very nice views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands through breaks in the trees.
Soon enough, the road start to descend towards sea level and ends at the entry point to Peninsula Raznjic.
Peninsula Raznjic is small, but it packs a lot of scenery into it. Round in shape, the peninsula has a ring of visually interesting, uneven & jagged rocks along the Adriatic coastline with a small forest in the middle. The rocks are hard to walk on, but there is a hiking trail around the outside which makes walking a little easier.
We stopped in a shady spot at the edge of the trees to have a mid-hike snack before slowly walking all the way around Peninsula Raznjic. Everywhere you look the views are spectacular. Running around and exploring the beautiful Peninsula Raznjic was one of our favorite things to do in Korcula with kids.
5. Przina Beach
Our next stop was Przina Beach. To get there, we had to walk almost all the way back to the bus stop, turning left onto a country road just before reaching the church. Our vacation rental host recommended Przina Beach to us as one of the best beaches on Korcula for kids.
Przina Beach is a real sand beach, which is very rare for a beach for Europe! Przina Beach is a long beach with some nice shallow areas for the kids to play in.
Best of all, there are large stretches of beach with honest-to-goodness sand, both on the beach and in the water! It was one of the few beaches with sand we found anywhere on our family trip to Croatia.
Oblivious to the sand, our kids wanted to play in an area of Przina Beach which had mostly rocks. They were attracted by the little tide pools with lots of sea life. We saw a crab and some little fish, but mostly they just wanted to hop from rock to rock and splash around in the water.
They were having so much fun we didn’t see the need to move to the part of Przina Beach with a sandy ocean floor.
The other really nice thing about Przina Beach is that it stays shallow a long time, making it a kid-friendly Korcula beach. The shallow water also makes the water warmer than found at many other beaches in Korcula.
Where to Stay in Korcula with Kids
Old Town Korcula is very small – it only takes 5 minutes to walk from end-to-end. Finding a place to stay anywhere inside the amazing Korcula Old Town is a good bet, but it can get expensive. Those traveling to Korcula on a budget can find a good place to stay just a minutes outside of the Old Town.
We rented a three-bedroom Korcula apartment a few minutes walk south of the Old Town gates. We chose to stay at a vacation rental as we enjoy the family-friendly amenities like separate bedrooms, a kitchen and laundry facilities. Plus, it’s location outside of Old Town made it more affordable place to stay in Korcula.
There are plenty of family-friendly vacation rentals in Korcula.
If you’d rather stay at a Korcula hotel, we personally use and recommend using Booking.com as their Top Picks for Families search filter makes it easy to find good place to stay with kids.
How to Get to Korcula, Croatia
Korcula does not have an international airport, which means most visitors to Korcula will travel there from Split, Hvar or Dubrovnik.
We traveled from Hvar to Korcula on the Krilo passenger ferry. We chose to take a passenger ferry to Korcula with kids as we didn’t have a rental car and the Krilo ferry offers direct service from Hvar Town to Korcula Old Town.
If you are arriving at the Split airport or the Dubrovnik Airport and wish to get to Hvar Town without needing a rental car and/or the need to bring child seats, check out a private transfer to Korcula with Suntransfers.com.
Your private transfer to Korcula includes transportation to the ferry, child seats (if requested) and ferry tickets. Plus, your driver will meet you at the airport gate with your name on a sign – who doesn’t love that?
- Getting from Split Airport to Korcula Island (including ferry)
- Getting from Dubrovnik Airport to Korcula Island (including ferry)
Day Trips to Korcula with Kids
Another popular way to visit Korcula with kids is to take a day-trip from Dubrovnik. There are many day-trips to Korcula to choose from, but this highly rated day-trip to Korcula is free for kids under 12.
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