The evenings are getting lighter, flowers are blooming and Easter is approaching. It’s Spring time and this heralds the start of the holiday season on Korcula Island. Hooray! Although it’s still a little too chilly to swim, there’s plenty of awesome Spring Events taking place on the island over the next few months, so plenty of reasons to come for a visit.
Nature is coming alive! The bees are buzzing, the blossom and flowers are blooming and the asparagus hunters are on a mission. If you haven’t tried wild Dalmatian asparagus, it’s nothing like the shop-brought produce, but it is harder to locate. Come and search with the locals amongst undergrowth and around olive trees for a bunch. Or head to the Plokata in Korcula Town on 29 April for a wild asparagus feast.
Korcula Patron Saint Festivities
The Kumpanija is one of three impressive sword dances performed on Korcula Island and will be staged on saint days this spring. On 19 March, Vela Luka celebrates its patron Saint Joseph and on 28 April, Blato celebrates its patron Saint Vincent. Come and join in the festivities and watch this noble dance.
Easter isn’t just about the chocolate bunnies and eggs (although it’s a tasty part of it!). Come and experience a long standing tradition in Korcula Town during the moving brotherhood procession. Members of the fraternities move around the Old Town carrying symbolic artefacts including lanterns, crosses and large wax candles called “torci” whilst chanting old songs and prayers .The great procession on Good Friday always draw a large crowd.
Oyster Festival in Mali Ston
A slight venture off the island, but a scenic car journey along the Peljesac will take you to the historical town of Ston. Just next door you’ll find Mali Ston where on 19 March you can come and slurp down as many oysters as you can manage during the yearly Oyster Festival taking place here.
Cycling & Walking
The temperatures in Spring are perfect for outdoor pursuits so it’s time to take advantage of the numerous cycling & walking paths across the island. One option is the cycling/walking path along the main road between Korcula and Lumbarda. This route is particularly ideal if visiting Korcula during a family holiday due to its accessibility and being a safe trail off the road. Come and take a cycle ride or hike along one of the island’s scenic trails and countryside paths.
Marko Polo Triathlon
Returning for the 5th year, the island will play host to the Marko Polo Triathlon once again this 29 April with domestic and international, amateur and professional athletes taking part. Come and cheer on the competitors or why not put on your running shoes and join the event?
Spring Food & Wine Festival
Some of Korcula’s most popular restaurants have banded together to showcase the best of Spring through food and wine. Between 28 April and 5 May, the restaurants taking part in the Spring Food & Wine Festival will offer exciting menus using seasonal and local ingredients, paired with some of the island’s best wines. Restaurants taking part include Nonno in Korcula, Maha in Zrnovo and Mate in Pupnat. For more information check out the Spring Food & Wine Festival facebook page.
From the beginning of May the Krilo catamaran will run 4 times a week connecting Korcula and Dubrovnik and Mljet. The Jadrolinija will continue to run daily between Korcula and Split. By land or sea there are plenty of ways you can come and travel to Korcula Island this Spring.
Wine Tasting Tours in Lumbarda
Last but by no means least; we start running our tours in Spring and we very much hope some of you visiting Korcula this year will come and walk, cycle and taste wine with us. We first work up a thirst with a little exploration of the Lumbarda countryside before calling into a couple of family run wineries for great wine, food and conversation.
Are you visiting Korcula this Spring?
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