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Korcula Town

korcula-old-town3 Korcula Town is the main town on the island, with a population of about 3000 inhabitants. The main feature/sight of the whole town is Korcula Old Town  – a medieval walled town with its towers, numerous buildings and monumentscafés, restaurants, hotels, galleries, open-air cinema and more.

Korcula is very popular for visitors as a central location from which they explore the rest of the island and its surroundings. The town of Korcula is also an administrative centre of the area. See also beaches in Korcula town. (Note: Korcula is pronounced “kor-chula“)

Sightseeing in Korcula 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 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 fish bone. The fishbone shape was used in Korcula 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 (see palaces in Korcula). The Old Town centre 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 church from the 13th century.. read more about architecture in Korcula

There is a local legend that Marco Polo was born in Korcula 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 Korcula, stretching from east to west. The house is under the protection of the Korcula Town Hall. There are plans for this house to be turned in the Museum of Marco Polo.

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

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

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Getting to Korcula Town

Korcula Town is the place where the main coastal ferry lines that sail from Rijeka to Dubrovnik stops via Split and Hvar. Another good way to reach Korcula Town from Split is catamaran passenger ferries that sail from Split via Hvar to Korcula Town.

The alternative way of reaching Korcula Town is via Vela Luka (50km west of Korcula Town) where car ferry from Split to Vela Luka as well as catamaran ferry sails daily. In Vela Luka, all ferries are met by bus links to other places on the island, including Korcula Town.

To reach Korcula Town from Dubrovnik you can use the main coastal ferry lines that sail from Dubrovnik via Mljet to Rijeka, stopping in Korcula Town or by catamaran ferry “Nona Ana” that sails from Dubrovnik to Korcula and stopping at Mljet. See the most comprehensive list of all ferries to Korcula

There is also a daily bus connection to Korcula Town from Dubrovnik. The bus departs daily at 3 pm and it runs along Peljesac Peninsula arriving in Orebic where it joins 15-minute ferry ride to Korcula Town (Domince). There are regular buses to Korcula Town from Split, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Mostar and Belgrade. Read more about a bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula.

Driving to Korcula Town can be nice too although not a very green way of transport. The good route to take is to drive to Ploce and take a ferry to Trpanj. From Trpanj drive towards Orebic and take a ferry from Orebic to Korcula (Domince – 3 km outside Korcula Town). Driving from Dubrovnik, drive along 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 ferry from Orebic to Korcula (Domince – 3 km outside Korcula Town) >> See all Korcula Town ferry schedules + All Buses to Korcula schedules

Maps of Korcula Town


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

History of Korcula Town

Korcula Town has a similar history with 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 a lower social standing…read more about History of Korcula Town and Island

The Statute of Korcula Town from 1214:

Korcula Statute is an important legal document from the 13th century that covers laws of Korcula town and island of Korcula. It belongs to a group of oldest Slav legal documents too. The Statute, as 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.

Areas of Korcula Town:


  • 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 … read more
  • Plokata – one of the main squares in Korcula Town. It is located next to Kopnena Vrata entrance to Old Town and Rotonda, the fresh fruit and veg market…read more
  • Punta Jurana – the area in Korcula Town that includes a stretch of the coast/pier from Plokata to Borak. Punta Jurana has a couple of cafes, nice ice-cream place, local marina too ..read more
  • Rotonda – fresh fruit and vegetable market. It is located next to Plokata and Rampada, in the very centre of the town. This is the place where local farmers..read more
  • Riva (Port) – great for an afternoon stroll as well as a lovely sunsets
  • Sveti Nikola – a well-known area that features palm tree-lined promenade. It runs along the sea from the main Korcula Town Square Plokata to the area of Cvjetno Naselje.. read more
  • Cvjetno Naselje – area in Korcula Town that is located in the hilly position above Sveti Nikola Street and under Forteca Hill, on the Western side of Korcula Old Town… read more
  • Strecica – small bay on the Western Side of Korcula Town. It is placed 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.. read more
  • Medvinjak – small bay on the western side of Korcula town.
  • 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…read more
  • 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 the steps from Plokata – the main square…read more
  • Borak – Borak is an area of Korcula Town located on its Eastern part. Promenade Borak is a pedestrian-only area, with a lot of cafe’s…read more
  • Naselje – Naselje (Staro i Novo Naselje) – the area of Korcula Town. located on the east side hill with views over Old Town.. read more
  • Hober – a fairly large park located within the town, it is on the 10 min walking distance from Korcula Old Town on the way to Domince. It includes the wooded part with web of narrow footpaths, as well as bay of Luka Korculanska…read more
  • 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 Korcula Old Town in the direction of Domince and Sveti Antun .. read more
  • Domince – is a working-class suburb of Korcula Town. There is a large part of Domince that is actually council estate, built in 1970s and 1980s as cheap housing for workers in local factories and companies. That part of Domince is locally called “Pejton”… read more
  • Pod Sveti Antun – Area Pod Sveti Antun is Town’s 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 hill Sveti Antun with its Church located on the top…read more
  • Soline – an attractive Korcula’s bay and a suburb located about 3 km away from Korcula Old Town. It is a newly built development of detached villas and houses situated on the very sea shore overlooking Korcula Archipelago and Badija Island. Soline has most beautiful views… read more

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