The stunning island of Korcula on Croatia's Dalmatian coast is a fantastic destination for a family European 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. Favourite choices on Korcula include a large rustic-style house in a beautiful bay close to the village of Pupnat, allowing the whole family to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings; a luxurious and cosy villa in Racisce with lots of modern conveniences and plenty of internal and external space, so every family member has their own breathing space; and good value modern apartments with a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area, close to the sea in the family-friendly town of Lumbarda.
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 fantastic ally 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.
After a day at the beach or pedalling around the beautiful Korcula countryside, there is nothing nicer than returining to your self-contained holiday accommodation, perhaps grilling up some fresh fish or playing a game of cards out on the terrace, watching the sun gently set. It is these moments when you truly appreciate the family holiday.
Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular places to take a vacation in Europe and is a more affordable option compared to its rivals in the Euro-zone. It is a safe country with relatively little crime and the people welcoming and hospitable. This makes a wonderful country to spend you family holiday this year.