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Visiting Korcula IslandWelcome to the KorculaInfo website! Online since 2003, this is the top resource for all travel-related information on Korcula island ... and a bit beyond. If you need any help planning your holiday to Korcula, email us and we’d be more than happy to help. Whether you’re here to plan your holiday, research areas, towns, villages or attractions or how to get to the Island – it’s all here:
Getting to KorculaKorčula is well connected to the Croatian mainland and Dalmatian coast. There are various options to reach the Island and the town of Korčula including flights, buses, ferries; you will find here all info about transport links to Korčula - read more » Getting to Korčula + How to get to Korčula Island » From Dubrovnik » From Split » From Mljet » From Vis » From Zadar » From Zagreb » From Mostar
Getting around Korcula islandThe easiest way to get around Korčula is to walk, cycle or use public transport. Here is your comprehensive guide to public transport in Korčula, including taxis, local buses, airport shuttle and local ferry boat services as well as map of all ferries,ports,taxi stations and bus stops + Korčula Town map - detailed, visitors map of the Old Town and surroundings .. - read more » Getting around Korčula
Sights, Attractions and Places of InterestVisiting local sights, beautiful buildings, small squares and monuments in medieval Old town is one of the most interesting things to do in Korčula. Look at the map of Korčula historical heritage sites that indicates locations of squares, monuments, churches, palaces and more - read more » Korčula Sights
Beaches on the IslandExcept for its historical heritage, Korčula is also a great place for summer holidays as it offers warm sea, lot of sun and lovely beaches. There are several beaches around the old town and numerous more around the island for one to enjoy - here is a map with list and my reviews of more than 50 beaches around Korčula - read more » Beaches in Korčula & Map of Korčula Beaches
Excursions, Day Trips, Activities and ToursThere are numerous excursions, day trips, tours and activities you can do in Korčula. There is a page with activities and excursions listings that include day tip to Mljet and Dubrovnik, The Island Tour and Sightseeing tour. See also Dubrovnik Travel Guide for more info if you plan a trip to Dubrovnik.
Where to stayThere is a whole range of accommodation in private houses, villas and apartments in Korčula. Most of the rooms and apartments are of fairly high standard, but there will be some examples of accommodation which is not as good as others. Here are some comments and listings about staying on the Island: Where to stay on Korčula Island ; Where to stay in Korčula Town ; Old Town Hotels - selection of good accommodation in the Old Town; Coastal and Rural Holiday Cottages - selected self catering holiday cottages to rent on unique coastal or rural locations.
Korcula Sightseeing TourKorcula is considered to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, and history and tradition are apparent when you walk along Korcula streets and squares. This town sightseeing tour includes a visit to the cultural and historical monuments of Korcula Old Town: St Mark’s Cathedral and other churches in the Old … Read more » Korcula Sightseeing Tour
Getting to KorculaGetting to Korcula Town and Island Korcula is well connected to the Croatian mainland and Dalmatian coast, especially in the summer months. The off-season ferry boats connections are a bit less convenient, so you would need to rely mostly on buses to and from Dubrovnik and early mornings and late afternoon … Read more » Getting to Korcula
Ferry Orebic – Korcula (Domince) Car FerryThis is the main car ferry to Korcula island. It takes 15 minutes to cross from Orebic to Domince port on Korcula island. This is seven days a week, 14-18 times a day regular service. Korcula main car ferry terminal in Domince suburb is 2 km away from the Korcula town … Read more » Ferry Orebic – Korcula (Domince) Car Ferry
Ferries from Dubrovnik to KorculaThere are three ferries that can be taken to reach Korcula from Dubrovnik: Catamaran ferry “Krilo” from Dubrovnik to Korcula: The catamaran ferry Krilo connects Dubrovnik with Korcula Town every day from April to October. The vessel, Krilo, leaves Dubrovnik at 16:00 or 16:30, arriving in Korcula town at 17:50 or … Read more » Ferries from Dubrovnik to Korcula
Taxi Boat (Water Taxi) KorculaWater Taxi Telephone Number: For last-minute water taxi booking: Call now: +385 91 444 8886 Above photo: water taxi journey from Korcula Old Town to Badija Water Taxi (Taxi Boat) in Korcula is a fast and frequent mode of transport around Korcula Archipelago – No need to book, just turn up at pick up point. … Read more » Taxi Boat (Water Taxi) Korcula
GubavacGubavac, a small islet in Korcula archipelago – located at the very entrance of the bay of Lumbarda. It is an attractive little island with weird shape and lot of large, flat and smooth rocks that are very comfortable to lay on. That is why swimmers and sunbathers like to spend … Read more » Gubavac
A brief guide to Korcula Island
One of the most popular travel destinations on Croatia’s South Dalmatian coast, the island of Korcula (pronounced Kor-chu-la) is also one of the greenest. It’s dark, dense pine forests inspired the Ancient Cnidian Greeks to name it Melaina Korkyra (Black Corfu or Corcyra, as their homeland region was once known), when they settled there in 6 BC. Today, the lush pine forests remain as one of the main features of the hilly Adriatic island, especially along its north facing slopes, scattered with dry stone walls enfolding vineyards and olive groves; still cultivated as a livelihood by inland settlements today. In fact, two of the most popular Croatian white wines, Posip and Grk are grown on the island.
The islanders from seaside towns and villages live mainly from fishing and tourism, as the rocky, indented coastline offers numerous secluded pebble beaches and bays, breathtaking hilltop views, including a small and uninhabited archipelago consisting of sixteen islets, which can be explored by boat, water taxi or kayak.
Like its more popular neighbours Dubrovnik and Hvar, the island has much to offer in terms of history, culture and of course, natural beauty, with the bonus of having a more relaxed and authentic ambience.
Its most visited destinations are the town of Korcula, known as mini Dubrovnik, with its cluster of terracotta roofed houses above medieval fortified walls and round towers, facing a narrow sea channel with mountain views from the neighbouring peninsula, Lumbarda a small village surrounded by Grk-producing vineyards and the only sand beaches on the island and Vela Luka, the island’s second main port on its western side; a modest resort, known for its prehistoric archaeological finds. Smaller towns and villages around the island, such as Brna, Prizba and Racisce are less popular but offer a quieter, more local holiday experience, away from the increasing tourist crowds in Croatia.
The main town on the island, also named Korčula is where the sword dance Moreška, a well-known folk drama/dance, which used to be played all over the Mediterranean is now solely performed. Korčula Old Town is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian town, with its round defensive walls and towers and red-roofed houses where Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) the famous world-traveller and writer, as well as a Venetian merchant, is reputed to have been born. In the Old Town, his supposed house of birth will shortly be turned into a Museum of Marco Polo.
The nearest airports are Split and Dubrovnik. The island is fairly easily accessible from the Croatian mainland by various ferries.
- Events in Korčula - calendar of festivals and events in Korčula
- History article: Bicentenary of British empire's occupation of Korčula
What the others saySome articles, reviews, books etc about the island and travel
- The Observer - 20 Paradise islands (Korčula is No.9) - 'The greenest, most independent and most interesting of Croatia's 1,000 or so islands, Korčula was a favorite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago'
- A vineyard tour of Korčula - 'The Adriatic island of Korčula is home to a unique wine … perfect for sipping after a day visiting its scenic villages and beaches'
- More holiday reviews of Korčula
- Book on Korčula - Marco Polo's Isle by Michael Donley
- Marco Polo, Invisible Cities and Visual Arts - essay
- About Non Places of Travel - essay