Cycle from Korčula town to Račišće
This is a relatively easy route as it doesn’t involve any serious uphill pedalling. The winding road you follow stays close to the sea so you get some fantastic views along your route. Passing through a number of smaller villages such as Žrnovska Banja or Kneža, you can stop off for refreshments at one of the local restaurants or pick up some reserves at the small local supermarket. The peaceful fishing village of Račišće is a welcoming destination and offers some great swimming spots should you wish to cool off after your cycle.
Head through the village and up the hill, following the homemade sign to Vaja Beach for less than 10minutes. Dismount and scramble down to your right; it’s quite a steep uneven track but the beach is worth it.
Cycle from Korčula town to south of the island, to one of the tranquil bays of Orlandusa, Pavja Luka or Rasohatica
This is more of a hard-core pedal with tougher and steeper hills in parts and then to reach any of the bays, you need to go down off the main track (which means coming back up!). The free-wheeling down is fun, but the cycle up (or in my case pushing the bike up) isn’t so easy or rewarding. Best tip, dismount, leave the bike and walk down! There is a small restaurant at Orlandusa, you will need to take food if visiting the other bays. These bays will be quieter than the main beaches and out of the main season you will have them to yourself.
Walk from Korčula town or Žrnovo to Kocje
A walk to the fascinating rock formation above and beyond the hamlet of Brdo in Žrnovo is a great experience. You get some lovely views of the Peljesac channel walking along the hill path to Kocje and the area of the rocks is very peaceful and relaxing. There are a number of routes you can follow from Korčula old town; just get to Žrnovo and follow the sign to Kocje through Brdo for a further 20 to 25 minutes. There is a Konoba serving traditional food on the left just as you pass the signpost for Kočje, called Belin, where you can stop for lunch or refreshments after your walk.
You can hire cycles from the tourist agencies in the larger towns or village (e.g. Vela Luka, Korčula, Lumbarda), by the hour at a reasonable cost. Pick yourself up a detailed map from the agency of tourist office. Many of the routes are marked by red circles or dashes on the ground or signposted; some are more about following your senses in the right direction. If you are walking or cycling during the hottest periods, make sure you pack lots of suntan lotion and water.