Islands to Cycle: Korčula

By , 13 Jul 2016, 12:49 PM Destinations

Korčula is an island paradise located in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and thought to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. This charming island is steeped in history, spectacular beaches, charming towns and has some sensational wines. The best part is Korčula is also a fabulous cycling destination with cool country lanes, trails, and both on and off road routes zig-zagging the entire island.

Whilst there are no marked routes as yet, the entire island offers exceptional facilities for cycling with loads of paths and trails that will take you through Korčula's picturesque vineyards, olive groves, fields, and its beautiful coastline. If you'd like to explore the villages of Korčula these are also very accessible by bicycle and the routes are all on sealed roads making for easy riding. Top villages to visit include, Lumbarda, Zrnovo, Pupnat, Racisce, Cara and Smokvica.

One of the great routes to ride on Korčula is the Lumbarda round trip routes which takes you to Kosovo and through the olive groves of Gornje Blato where you'll reach the highest point of the ride at 100m above sea level.

From there it's a descent to St Anton and onto Humac, Javic and Lumbarajsko Rascisce and back to Lumbarda. When in Lumbarda take the time to try the local wine Grk, which is only grown in the sandy soils of Lumbarda.

For routes that a little off the beaten track head to Smokvica where you'll find numerous little paths and trails that will take you through vineyards, olive groves and off to little secret beaches and coves. Some of these routes offer breathtaking views out over the Adriatic and the islands of Lastovo and Hvar so don't forget your camera. Along the way, you'll stumble upon a konoba or two so stop by and try the local cuisine. 

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If you'd like to take a day trip, you can take a short ferry ride to the peninsula of Pelješac. This region is most famed for its outstanding wines, made from Plavac Mali, an indigenous red grape variety, but is also a superb cycling destination. Here you can cycle around the historic captain’s town of Orebič, the pine and cypress forests which blanket the landscape and visit the idyllic Ston and Mali Ston and see the huge 5km walls and try some of their delicious oysters.

Korčula offers a vast range of cycling opportunities for the intrepid traveller. All you have to do is get yourself there.

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