Badija is an islet in the eastern part of the Pelješac Channel with a surface of approx. 1 km2. The Ježevica Channel separates it from the island of Korčula. The average yearly temperature is 13°C. Along the coast, there are good anchoring sites for mid-sized vessels, while small boats can be moored west of the monastery.
Almost the entire surface of Badija is covered in macchia thickets and pine woods, with the highest point on the island being only 74m. The monastery and single nave church there today were erected in the late Gothic style, after 1420.
The Island was a declared Sports Island and used as a sports boot camp in former times with numerous sports facilities that are abandoned and not for use today.
In 2003 the monastery was returned into the ownership of the Franciscans and can today be visited upon request. For more information please visit.
The Chapel of St. Catherine (Sv. Katarina), dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries and situated on the hill behind the monastery. Badija and all of its surrounding natural beauty can be explored with a leisurely stroll along the gravel pathway, which covers the entire islet.
WHAT TO DO
Visit the monastery
Climb up to the St. Catherine Chapel (10 min)
There is a Restaurant close next to the peers.
( 50 m high ), with the village of the same name, is the site of the oldest and most famous Korčula quarry.
Only a few families today live in this picturesque village, and they let rooms and apartments to the guests
WHAT TO DO
There are 29 local quarries on the island.
Korčulans were skilfully working and selling their stone all over the Adriatic area.
The high quality limestone from Korčula is incorporated in some of the best known buildings in the world such as the Haggia Sophia in Istanbul, the parliament in Vienna, the Town Hall in Stockholm as well.
The most beautiful of the public and private buildings in Dalmatian towns such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Kotor are also built from it.
This millenium-long tradition has brought to the stage of contemporary Croatian culture the greatest sculptor Frano Kršinić and many other from Korčula island:
Radica, Pallavicini, Trpimir Ivančević, the brothers Ivo and Lujo Lozica, Stecca, Radovanović, Jurjević-Knez, Duhović
and so on.
OUR LADY OF SUCCOUR
Next to the former local school on the coast, there is the new church of Our Lady of Succour from 1856.
In front of one of the quarries on the northern coast, there is the old church of Our Lady of Succour from 1674.
The 2 most popular sandy beaches on the whole Island are Bilin Žal and Pržina. Both are attractive and because of its shallow waters and very interestin gastronomic offers.
The most attractive Islet among the Skoji-Island group with in Summer 2017 new opened fine bar&restaurant "Moro Beach" . Great spot for chilling out, snorkelling and swimming.
Orebić, on the southern coast of the Pelješac Peninsula, has a strip of lovely little beaches, some sandy and some shingly, bordered by groves of tamarisk and pine. Only 2.5km across the water from Korčula Town, it makes a perfect day trip or an alternative base. After lazing on the beach, you can take advantage of some excellent hiking up and around Mt Ilija (961m) or poke around a couple of churches and museums. Mt Ilija protects the town from harsh northern winds, allowing vegetation to flourish. The temperature is usually a few degrees warmer than Korčula; spring arrives early and summer leaves late.
WHAT TO DO
Korčula Town is the homeport of the Taxi Cat(amaran) and a stunner. Ringed by imposing defence walls, this coastal citadel is full of history, with marble streets rich in Renaissance and Gothic architecture.
Its fascinating fishbone layout was cleverly designed for the comfort and safety of its inhabitants: western streets were built straight in order to open the city to the refreshing summer maestral(strong, steady westerly wind), while the eastern streets were curved to minimise the force of the winter bura (cold, northeasterly wind).
The town cradles a harbour, overlooked by round defensive towers and a compact cluster of red-roofed houses. There are rustling palms all around and several beaches are an easy walk away.
WHAT TO DO
Visit the cathedral
Have a walk i the old town
Visit Marco Polo's house of birth
Take the Taxi Cat to the surrounding islands and islets.
Take a ride with the semiSubmarine
Buy sweets at the famous pastry shop CUKARIN