We are head over heels in love with this superb hike.
Kom Peak (508 m) is not the highest peak of Korčula Island (that honour belongs to Klupca, 569 m), but it offers an unbeatable 360-degree view of the island’s thickly forested interior, taking in the mighty Pelješac Peninsula, the elongated Hvar Island, Mljet Island in pastel shades beyond to the southeast, Lastovo Island just a stone’s throw away, and the rounded Vis Island away to the west. It’s absolutely marvellous! And there’s no getting away from it – you will be crazy about this hiking tour!
1.575,00 HRK (210 €) base price + 345,00 HRK (46 €) per person
Duration & Difficulty:
8 h / moderate
What to bring: hiking shoes, water and a smile
every day at 8 am
Meeting Point: in front of the main entrance to the Korčula Tourist Board Office
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Croatian
Included: guiding services, private transportation from Korčula to Blato, and from Blato to Korčula, homely lunch, entrance ticket to the ethnographic museum Barilo
Not included: insurance policy
• Good physical condition is required.
• Hiking sticks are available at no extra cost.
• Please advise us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
• Vegetarian menu available.
It’s a good one-hour ascent to the top
The hiking tour to Kom Peak combines an introduction to some of the plants commonly seen on the island (and beyond), taste and history of everyday life, and amazing wide-ranging views.
The tour starts with thirty-minutes’ car drive to Blato, an intriguing inland settlement where the streets have numbers instead of names. The hike comes first, then a homely lunch, and we’ll explore Blato as the icing on the cake.
Only the path snakes here
At the beginning, the path to the top climbs fairly steeply upward. After a few zigzags, we’ll emerge out of dense vegetation, catching the first sight of the slender Hvar Island. Just, wow! A little bit further on, the path becomes smooth, the green of the forest mellow, and our steps cheerful. This beautiful ascent is in fact short, with a total length of about two kilometres. Before the top, there’s a place with rough-and-ready benches where we can rest for a while. And after a total elevation gain of 360 metres, we’ll reach a spacious summit, with plenty of comfortable stones to sit on and from which to absorb the amazing vistas over the gracefully undulating landscape. Let’s see if you can name all the nearby islands…
Pinch me, I must be dreaming about a nonexistent path
Looking out from the cliff edge of the rocky Kom Peak to the island’s densely forested interior, you’d scarcely believe that there’s a path across the rock-encrusted south-western mountainside. But really and truly, there it is, unmarked and carpeted with wild sage. After taking a break, we’ll hike down a seemingly nonexistent rocky path, exposed to the sun and flavoured with aromatic plants. The path descends steeply, losing height steadily, then swings right across the slope, and suddenly enters into a pine forest. From here, we’ll follow an amazing path covered with pine needles. As we approach Blato village, we’ll pass along dry stone walls and enclosures that testify to the toil of earlier generations in wresting a living from the harsh land. Just behind, there’s a great view over Blato’s immense valley, but to enjoy it, you will have to climb onto gigantic rocks at the end of the forest.
A name as clear as mud
The hike ends where Blato village starts. The name of the village in Croatian translates as ‘mud’ in English. But in Blato, there’s no mud. We’ll walk along the main street which resembles a real avenue thanks to its lime trees on each side. In June, this walk will be magical – the lime trees will be blossoming! Blato is in fact an odd combination of a village and a town. We’ll have a homely lunch in a tavern located in an old stone house, the interior of which can easily blow you away. After lunch, we’ll meet the Barilo family and visit their rich ethno collection of household implements and accessories. And we won’t leave without tasting some local flavoured brandies. Cheers!