For the last leg of our Croatian adventure, we floated onto the island of Korcula, known as 'little Dubrovnik' for its stunning medieval UNESCO old walled
town cradling a serene harbour. On our hit list? A hike to a hilltop slow-food restaurant, some beach time and wine tasting at a local dive bar. We've only two days, so let's get moving...
We head into the old town and check into yet ANOTHER perfect old-stone cottage we nabbed for just 45 Euros a night on Air BnB. Our host – Ana – gives us the lowdown, while toasting our arrival with a shot of deliciously potent homemade lemon liqueur (note: the rather large bottle is left in the fridge for guests).
She tells us it's market day in the square so we set off to get our bearings in search of sustenance.
When it comes to eating out, there are a few nice places in the old town (Filippe to name the best) but part of the holiday experience for us here at Ellie & Co involves hunting down those perfect secret spots, where it's guaranteed you'll enjoy an all-consuming memorable meal. So the next day, we set off through the countryside for lunch at a hidden slow-food restaurant with an unlikely location in the sleepy town of Pupnat, 11km west of Korcula Town.
On the way, we hit a storm so take shelter under a canopy in the grounds of Konoba Grubinjac, a hilltop farmhouse restaurant we stumble upon my accident. It's a serene spot, surrounded by lush vineyards with a mesmerising view out over the hills down to the coast and Korcula Town. This was meant to be, for we find the owner inside watching the rain, who tells us that the farmhouse has been in his family for centuries, and how they lost all their precious vines during the Bosnian war.
You'll just have to try to imagine it in the sun, the place packed with diners feasting on traditional dishes and homegrown wine...
Could this be the prettiest food you've ever seen?
We wake up to sun on our last day! So we run for a bus to the beach town of Lumbarda, where we hire a kayak and enjoy our last few hours on this island with a traditional waterside lunch and a stroll along a promenade.
If you missed part 1 and 2 of this Croatia guide, you can find them here:
The time we vacationed in a crumbling Roman palace.
Next stop Hvar: the party island with a secret side.