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Korčula Town

area of Korčula town viewed from the sea
Area of Korčula town viewed from the sea

Korčula town overview

Korcula Town is the main settlement on the island, with a population of about 3000 inhabitants. The main feature/sight of the whole town is the historic Old Town, a medieval walled town with its towers, numerous buildings and monuments, cafés, restaurants, hotels, galleries, open-air cinema, and more. The town is very popular for visitors as a central location from which they explore the rest of the island and its surroundings. It is also an administrative center of the area. (Note: Korcula is pronounced “kor-chula“)

Things to do in Korčula town


Korcula Old Town is the main attraction of Korcula Town – a medieval walled city positioned on an oval-shaped swelling of land pointing deep into the Peljesac Channel. The Old Town itself is grooved with a succession of narrow streets that branch off the spine of the main street like the fishbone. The fishbone shape was used in the Old Town design to reduce the effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation.

The architecture in the Old Town is mainly influenced by Venetian Renaissance (palaces). The Old Town center is dominated by the splendid St Mark’s Cathedral built in the Gothic-Renaissance style, completed in the 15th century (by Marko Andrijic) at the place of other churches from the 13th century.. more about the town’s architecture.

There is a local legend that Marco Polo was born in the town and Marko Polo’s alleged house of birth is worth visiting. Despite its rather featureless interior, the houses’ tower (loggia) allows for a panoramic vista of the whole Channel, stretching from east to west. Pretty soon this house is to be turned into the Museum of Marco Polo.

The Town Museum is also interesting to visit as it gives insights into Korcula’s history, as it displays stone carvings, Lumbarda Psephism and Ancient Greece artifacts, shipbuilding historical items, Renaissance Architectural Carvings, Coats of Arms Exhibits, and many more.

At night well known Moreska Sword Dance, a colorful, choreographed sword dance is also worth seeing. The historic town of Korcula is on UNESCO’s- tentative list

Views over the roofs
Views over the roofs

Town’s History

Korcula Town has a similar history to other parts of the Dalmatian archipelago. The first known inhabitants of Korcula were Illyrian tribes who occupied a large area of Dalmatia. They lived from farming and fishing. It is still possible to see on the Island their stone burial mounds, roughly shaped as a blunt cone. Upon the arrival of the Ancient Greeks, Korcula became a Greek colony. However, they made no attempts to integrate with the Illyrians, who continued both their tribal lifestyle and their separate existence. It seems that the Greeks never associated themselves with the Illyrians, possibly due to Illyrians being perceived as a part of lower social standing. (History articles)

The Statute of Korcula Town from 1214

The town’s Statute is an important legal document from the 13th century that covers the laws of Korcula town and the island. It belongs to a group of oldest Slav legal documents too. The Statute, like a book (compilation) of laws, was passed in 1214, but the only preserved version that is available is from 1265. Various amendments and annexes are added to the statute continuously until the 16th century. The oldest part of the Statute was written in Latin which was later translated into the Italian Language… read more about Korcula Town Statute from 1214.

Approaching the town from the sea
Approaching the town from the sea

Getting to Korcula Town

The town’s pier is the place where the main coastal ferry lines sail to & from Split and to & from Hvar to Mljet and Dubrovnik. The alternative way of reaching the town is via Vela Luka (50 km away) where a car ferry from Split to Vela Luka sails daily. In Vela Luka, all ferries are met by bus links to other places on the island.

To get here from Dubrovnik you can use several passenger ferry lines too. Check here the most comprehensive list of all ferries to Korcula. There is also a daily bus connection. The bus departs daily at 3 pm and it runs along Peljesac Peninsula arriving in Orebic where it joins a 15-minute ferry ride to the town. There are regular buses to the town from Split, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Mostar, and Belgrade.

If you are driving to the town, the good route to take is to drive to Ploce and take a ferry to Trpanj. From Trpanj drive towards Orebic and take a car ferry from Orebic to Korcula (Domince port is 3 km outside the town). If you are coming here from Dubrovnik, drive along the Croatian coast until you reach Doli, and sign to turn left to the Peljesac Peninsula. Drive along Peljesac (about 60 km) to Orebic and take a car ferry from Orebic to Korcula. See all ferry schedules + All Bus schedules


The above video shows views over large areas around the town.

Maps of Korcula Town


Korcula Town Map with town’s main Locations + Korcula Town visitors map + all maps of Korcula Town



Photo gallery of Korcula Town (click on above image to browse)

Neighbourhoods of Korcula Town:


Here is a list of town neighborhoods:

  1. Korcula Old Town: Pjaca (St Mark’s Square), Rampada, Zakrjan – medieval walled city positioned on an oval-shaped swelling of land pointing deep into Peljesac Channel.
  2. Plokata – one of the main squares in the town. It is located next to Kopnena Vrata entrance to Old Town and Rotonda, the fresh fruit and veg market.
  3. Punta Jurana – the area of the town that includes a stretch of the coast/pier from Plokata to Borak. Punta Jurana has a couple of cafes, a nice ice-cream place, local marina too.
  4. Rotonda – fresh fruit and vegetable market. It is located next to Plokata and Rampada, in the very center of the town. This is the place where local farmers.
  5. Riva (Port) – great for an afternoon stroll as well as lovely sunsets
  6. Sveti Nikola – a well-known area that features a palm tree-lined promenade. It runs along the sea from the main town’s square Plokata to the area of Cvjetno Naselje..
  7. Cvjetno Naselje – an area located in the hilly position above Sveti Nikola Street and under Forteca Hill, on the Western side of the historic old town.
  8. Strecica – a small bay on the Western Side of the town. It is located after Sveti Nikola along the way to Novi Puti. Once on the crossroads, turn right downhill to follow the road along the seashore. There is a tiny local corner shop in Strecica.
  9. Medvinjak– a small bay on the western side of the town.
  10. Novi Puti – A short walk up the hill from Old Town, by the steps Bernardo Bernardi at the beginning of the Put Svetog Nikole, you will arrive at this view spot from which you can see Korcula Old Town and Peljesac Channel from the hilly position above.
  11. Forteca – This is the English tower Fort Wellington that was built in 1813 on the place of the Venetian fortification of the open type from 1616. It is located on the hill above Korcula Old Town, about 20 minutes walk along with the steps from Plokata – the main square.
  12. Borak – Borak is an area of Korcula Town located in its Eastern part. Promenade Borak is a pedestrian-only area, with a lot of cafes.
  13. Naselje – Naselje (Staro & Novo Naselje) – the area located on the east side hill with views over Old Town.
  14. Hober – a fairly large park located within the town, it is within the 10 min walking distance from the historic Old Town, on the way to Domince. It includes the wooded part with a web of narrow footpaths, as well as the bay of Luka Korculanska.
  15. Luka Korculanska – a large bay situated in the eastern part of Korcula Town. It is also known as Luka Us, Porto Pedoci, Uvala Skoljaka or Kalac. It takes about 20 min walk to reach it from the Old Town in the direction of Domince and Sveti Antun
  16. Domince – is a working-class suburb. There is a large part of Domince that is actually council estate, built in the 1970s and 1980s as cheap housing for workers in local factories and companies. That part of Domince is locally called “Peyton”.
  17. Pod Sveti Antun – Area Pod Sveti Antun is a Town suburb located west of Domince around the main road to Lumbarda. It takes about 25 minutes to walk to reach this area. The main feature of the area is the hill Sveti Antun with its Church located on the top of the hill.
  18. Soline – attractive Korcula’s bay and a suburb located about 3 km away from the old town. It is a newly built development of detached villas and houses situated on the very seashore overlooking Korcula Archipelago and Badija Island. Soline has the most beautiful views.

Beaches and Where to Stay

Sveti Nikola neighbourhood
Sveti Nikola neighborhood