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Korcula, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Korcula, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Korcula?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Korcula, they said:

"Korcula, is a beautiful island known for its clear waters, lush greenery, and rich history, making it an attractive destination for expats. Before moving to Korcula, it's important to understand that while English is widely spoken in tourist areas, learning some basic Croatian phrases can be beneficial for everyday life. The cost of living in Korcula is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on your lifestyle and the area of the island you choose to live in. The island has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, so pack your clothing accordingly. Healthcare in Croatia is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The island is safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Public transportation on the island is limited, so having a car can be beneficial, especially if you plan to live outside of the main town. The cuisine in Korcula is Mediterranean, with a focus on seafood, olive oil, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. The process of renting or buying property in Croatia can be complex, so it's recommended to hire a local real estate agent or lawyer to help navigate the process. It's also important to note that while Croatia is part of the European Union, it is not part of the Schengen Area, so different visa rules may apply. Finally, the pace of life in Korcula is slower than in many other places, so be prepared to adjust to a more relaxed lifestyle," said one expat in Korcula.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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