Beyoncé and Jay Z put the Croatian coast on the map when they went to Hvar Island in 2011. In 2016, The New York Times put the island of Korčula at number 17 of the places most worth visiting in 2016.
Much of the island is still untouched: dotted with blue-collar fishing villages and little pebble beaches. Instead of sticking to the Old Town, which claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, rent a moped and head west. Travel through olive groves and thick woodlands, and drive off-road to sample Korcula’s signature white wine, Grk, at any number of hopelessly charming family wineries. It’s bitter and earthy — and true to the region’s less fashionable days.