Searching for roots

We are a fresh outdoor agency with a lot of experience – our guides know the terrain, local ways and what to do.

In 2006 Hvar Adventure – one of the early agencies in Croatia offering sailing, sea kayaking, rock climbing and hiking, was born and I cofounded it together with three more friends. Similar thing happened with Croactive Holidays seven years later in Split.

During those years Korčula was for me always somewhere there but elusive and a bit of mystery – I had never spent enough time on it to crack its code and understand it better. And then, three years ago I came to do a (photo) story for Yachts magazine about a restaurant of a small luxury hotel known as LD Palace and that April something happened which made me return and I kept coming back until I started living here most of the time.

As adventure sports and activities have accompanied me for long there wasn’t much choice really but to do once more what I was good at and then as the idea was formed, the events took their natural course to start making it happen.

Therefore: Ladies and gentlemen, Korcula Outdoor Experience welcomes you all with particular pleasure!

We’ll do our best and hopefully you’ll do the same-)

∞  To learn new things  ∞  To share the knowledge  ∞  To leave every now and then comfort zone  ∞  To get to know always more about local ways  ∞  To get in the heart of things but leaving no harm  ∞  To find the easiest way to do something demanding  ∞  To live in harmony with nature as much as possible  ∞  To support and promote local producers of autochtonous products  ∞  To take our guests where we like to go ourselves  ∞  To stay calm in tricky situations  ∞  To work with small groups  ∞  To cherish differencies  ∞  To offer quality  ∞  To be humble  ∞  To evolve  ∞

Low season is our high season

We like summer but oftentimes prefer spring and autumn as it’s simply not crowded.

Plan is but an alternative

Trips can be tailored, sideways unexpected, weather conditions and such can change but experiences are genuine.

Road less taken and traveled

Usually the best spots aren’t in the spotlight. Let us take you there.

Safe and sound

By exiting your comfort zone you might discover yourself better. We dare you to do so.

Smaller groups for greater experiences

The less people around (you) the more likely you are to feel unspoiled nature. Hope you agree!

Is customer always right?

Yes, but so are we, meaning we are all equally responsible for pleasure. It takes two to tango!

Corcyra Nigra

Rich history, amazing architecture, incredible natural setting, almost mystical atmosphere,
all together have influenced and created its unique charm, calling you to discover it through the outdoor activities we provide.

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Outdoors

How great and diverse is Korcula outdoors? Well, to start with, it’s lacking rivers, lakes and waterfalls. But if you’re seeking fresh air hiking high up the mountain trails, in the shade of black pines or fairies’ spring hidden in a lost Mediterranean garden of Dalmatian oak, fern and moss, you’re on the same page with us.
If you find vines growing in sandy soil special while biking around them with a possibility of swimming on a great beach, this is the place for you.
Does sea kayaking in crystal clear water around scattered little islands sound inviting? Upgrade it with snorkelling, sunbathing and dozing off under a pine tree after a good round of paddling…
Would you be ready to swim between those islets and then walk on the rocks only to get to the next pebble beach and launch yourself once more into the sea?
And what about rock climbing in an ambience of green fields and old villages whose inhabitants have for centuries lived from what was in their environment that we today cherish so much as the legacy we were given to preserve.
Little villages and dirt roads, single tracks, hilltops, beaten and less beaten trails winding up and down ready to amaze you just around a corner, gorgeous archipelago connecting historical Korcula town, spread out Lumbarda village and a mountain towering one kilometer above Orebic town on Peljesac peninsula as if rising perpendicularly from the sea.
And all of this is very accessible and at the same time more than spacious enough to enable you to plunge yourself into those parts of the area you choose and momentarily forget the rest of the world.

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Unique Town

One of the oldest urban settlements has often proven its progressive spirit seen perhaps best in its statute from 1214, regulating every aspect of island life and inspiring other towns and states to do the same. Positioned on a vital sea route, it has embraced great travellers as well as witnessed significant historical events such as 1298 naval battle between the Venetians and the Genovese, where the latter not only won but captured Marco Polo of a local Polo family. He then ended up in a cell, started to dictate his travelings and the rest is history…
Said even to be founded by a Troyan hero Antenor, the town of Korcula was built on an islet later to be connected to the main island. Its fortified walls used to protect the inhabitants from any conqueror and stormy winds in winter months, while the layout of streets in the structure of a fishbone allowed summer breeze to cool it down and served in fact as air-conditioning. Palaces, churches, towers, houses made of local and high-quality stone have mainly withstood the time test. Little allies, bare in winter and pulsing with life in the season, are ideal labyrinth whether to lose or find a family restaurant, an interesting company or a secret corner away from public eyes – just like it used to be for ages.
The interaction of the town with the sea is still there after many centuries and changes. And (for good or bad) the tourism, although in expansion, has spared Korcula crowds you encounter on daily basis in say, Hvar, or particularly Dubrovnik.
There is something special about this place – we encourage you to discover it personally.

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Island

Blessed with a mix of mild Mediterranean and almost subtropical climate, Korcula is warmer than any of the Dalmatian islands north of it. This is mostly evident between December and March when there is almost no need for heavy winter clothes with average temperature in January and February of 9°C (equivalent of 48°F). Lush vegetation of a very dark appearance from distance is perhaps why a famous local winemaker Luka Krajancic, called it “dark island of white wines“. The wines of Korcula have deserved a high place and separate chapter in the story of the island – dominant white grape sorts of Posip, Rukatac and Grk or red Plavac in the right winemakers’ hands can turn into an experience equal to discovering well-kept secrets guarded by a mysterious society.
Inhabited for millennia even before the Illyrians, colonised by Greeks, exploited by Romans, Venetians, French, Austrians and such, Korcula has given archeologists and mythologists more than enough material to study its real and imaginary past, whether it’s Odysseus year-long stay near Lumbarda, antic quarries on Vrnik islet or Vela Spila cave near Vela Luka town where based on what we’ve known so far people lived there for no less than 20000 years!!
The Mediterranean is to be felt on every corner of it – fields, agriculture, pebble beaches, hidden thickets, stone houses, dry walls, hard-to-find springs, summer breeze, local mentality, mixing of wine and water (not with best wines though), self-sustainable community, great singers and a legendary sense of humour…
Relatively good connections (in the season) to the mainland and the island of Hvar make Korcula accessible more than ever in the recent history as well as excellent base camp for reaching more remote islands of Mljet and particularly Lastovo.

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Archipelago

Imagine Brazil without rainforest or Arizona without the Grand Canyon and you will understand what this little group of islands means to the area stretching between Korcula, Lumbarda and Peljesac. There is nearly twenty of them, each one telling different story, some being nothing more than just a slightly bigger rock, while other, more significant, tell us tales from the past. They amaze those who choose to absorb what it was, is, and perhaps will be taking place there in the harmony of the old Roman quarry, villa rustica, a Franciscan monastery, a little restaurant, perfect shade and more or less secluded pebble beaches, providing ideal access to clear water.
Frequented by travellers and locals seeking their holiday or just a dose of a getaway from the town, these “skoji” – the islets are but a gift of nature to Korcula and its people, not only for swimming and snorkelling, but as the source of life too – fishermen and their boats are still a very common sight together with seagulls faithfully and skilfully following the action, always in search of an easy prey. Badija was also known for its sanctuary, high school, world’s first-class philosophical gatherings, sports events and so on… Some of these islands were inhabited not only as an occasional retreat which is now mostly the case, but each epoch takes its turns shaping people and places accordingly.
Since the strait of Peljesac can get windy in the afternoon it is a great sailors‘ playground too, not to mention windsurfers and kite surfers whose acrobatics in the area have already become legendary, while morning hours favour sea kayaking gliding over the smooth sea surface almost resembling a lake. As you sail, surf or paddle, the views constantly change, perspective alters only to enhance the overall feeling by adding more value to it.