Badija is a small island close to the town of Korcula, but one of the largest islets which surround the island of Korcula…
During the course of history the island saw a few changes of the inhabitants: after the Romans, from Middle ages onwards it was an islet being inhabited by the Franciscans, who abandoned the island in 1960s as it became a sport center and resort.
A boat service on the eastern part of Korcula center, near the marina, takes you to the northern or the southern part of the island of Badija. In this period the boat goes every hour and the return ticket costs 35 kn (around 5 euros). The trip lasts about 20 minutes, when an impressive building (the monastery) shows up, as well as the beautiful seaside promenade.
Once you come closer to the church and the monastery, the most notable feature of the church is its facade and a four-squared cloister with pillars that support gothic arches of the arcades. The artwork from the church and the monastery is now kept in various collections in Orebi, Korula and Dubrovnik.
There is a lovely restaurant with gorgeus seaview, and apart from the cultural monuments and the beaches, the island of Badija has a lot of walking paths – ideal for experiencing the nature. There used to be deers on the island, which were really accustomed to human presence.
All in all, a peaceful resort for the perfect escape.
Kalogjera, Dušan. Korula: otok Korula i pelješka rivijera. Grafiki zavod Hrvatske, 1985.