It is great to see Korcula receiving well deserved press coverage at the moment, especially the Daily Mirror’s article on a family holiday in Lumbarda. Korcula Island is a wonderful place to bring children, epitomised by our 9 year old niece who visited us last year; after being terrified to try snorkelling, by the end of the holiday she exclaimed it was the best thing in the world! We are really looking forward to her coming to stay again this year. So why is Korcula a great place for this year’s family holiday?
Korcula is easily reachable from Split or Dubrovnik airport and 2012 sees a rapid increase in the number of airliners flying to these destinations. This news means more choice in flight times and cheaper ticket prices, both important considerations when planning a family holiday.
Korcula provides a great choice for family holiday accommodation, suiting all budgets, from campsites to large secluded villas with swimming pools. Self-catering is a good option for family groups and there are many affordable apartments and houses available to rent on the island. Practically self-catering gives families more flexibility when it comes to meal times, more space than a standard hotel room and privacy to come and go as you please throughout the day.
Although all the towns and villages on Korcula provide ideal bases for a family holiday, Lumbarda is probably one of the best options if travelling with younger children. Lumbarda is less busy than Korcula Town, whilst still having plenty of restaurants, cafes and entertainment options; it has shallow sandy beaches, whereas most on the island are pebbled and the water can become suddenly deep and everything is in easy walking distance. During the summer the tourist board of Lumbarda puts on a number of family events, a personal favourite being the donkey race (suitable for children and adults!). There are also fantastically fun water inflatables to slip, slide and jump all over at Bili Zal beach in Lumbarda.
Of course most activities around Korcula take place at the beach or on the sea. Keeping the children entertained can sometimes be a challenge but get them active in the water by snorkelling, swimming or kayaking. Beach games such as volleyball, bat and ball games or good old fashioned sand-castle building at the sandy beaches are enjoyable ways to spend the time in the sun. Just make sure you slap on lots of suntan lotion and stay out of the strong midday sun. Fun days on Korcula can include boat trips to the nearby Skoji islets, scrambling up and under the strange but intriguing rocks at the natural park of Kocije in Zrnovo or how about taking a bicycle ride along the stunning coast, treating your-self to a scoop or two of Korcula’s delicious ice cream.
The National Trust recently launched a promotion called “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾”. Children can mark off the activities they have done and collect online badges. Activities include “climb a tree”, “go wild swimming”, “skim a stone”, “check out crazy creatures in a rock pool” and “hunt for a treasure on the beach”, all which can enjoyed on Korcula. The best and very easy one to compete by visiting Korcula, “visit an island”. For more information and to join the fun, visit the 50 things website – https://www.50things.org.uk/
If you are planning a family holiday to Korcula and need some advice, feel free to get in touch with us. What do you think are important factors when arranging a holiday for the whole family – leave your comments below?