min 2 - max 16
up to 8 hours
min 14 years
- When: 8:00AM every day (we can be flexible, so ask!)
- Price: 825 kuna (109 euro)
- Duration: 7-8 hours
- Distance: 30 km
- Price includes: bicycles with helmets, guide, food tasting, lunch
- Min: 2
- Max: 16
- What to bring: clothes (possibly breathable), lightweight and breathable rain jacket (in case of rain and wind), closed sports shoes, (not sandals), hat and sunscreen, water, snacks, camera
- Tour type: mountain biking, walking, youth and family, nature & wildlife, cultural, agriculture
- Terrain: the road is the combination of asphalt and gravel with some steady (but not steep) sections of both ascent and descent and a steep descent on asphalt.
- Activity level: Moderate/demanding
- Exploring wider area of Korčula town
- Tasting authentic local delicacies
- Discovering Kočje natural reserve
- Cycling through little villages
- Finding out about local history and ways
- Beautiful vistasas of the South Adriatic
Korčula is a simply gorgeous and historical town on the east side of the island, populated for millenia before Greeks’ arrival. Later times saw the city built in the shape of a fishbone to serve as natural air conditioning, regulating the wind flow, while its walls would protect it not just from possible attacks, but also from stormy and cold winds in winter. Korčula town is claimed to be the birth place of the famous Italian traveller Marco Polo.
We start our ride from the town to get to the village of Žrnovo – one of the oldest settlements on the island. Its inhabitants gravitate to Korčula but nevertheless are well into wine and olive oil making, agriculture and stonemasonry. The churches of this little village, spread on a relatively large area, are also a particularity, coming from different visions and architectural styles. Here in Žrnovo we will make our first stop only to enjoy the most autochthonous and carefully home-made jams, olive oil and grappas, in an original, old, stone house setting.
Having satisfied our palates, it is time to hop on our bikes onto a gravel road that leads us to a little, both unique and magical place, known as Kočje. It is a labyrinth of strangely shaped dolomite rocks, overgrown with ivy, surrounded by holm oak, fern, …flora is interwoven in a most delicate way with cave-like spaces between the rocks, dressed in moss, seemingly hiding some primordial secrets. Although this protected area is relatively small, it comes natural to spend some time exploring its green corridors, aromatic herbs or looking for the „Fairies’ spring“.
From Kočje we ride up to Pupnat – a very old village in the middle of the island and high enough above the sea level to have snow during some winters. There we’ll have lunch in a splendid Mate tavern and enjoy their specialities.
Time to go to the sea – we take a local road with steep descent to Kneže village on the coast and then we ride all along the water, back to Korčula town.
Note: Itinerary depends on weather conditions, time of season – daylight hours, group size and fitness level