Racisce is a village nested around the deep bay that is carved on the Northern coast of Korcula Island facing Peljesac Peninsula. It is located about 12 kilometres from Korcula Old Town and is connected with Korcula by a narrow asphalted road that runs from Korcula Town through the bays of Medvinjak, Vrbovica, Tri Zala and Kneza until it reaches its final destination – Racisce.
This is one of the youngest settlements on the Island. The bay was completely uninhabited before becoming the safe haven for refugees from Makarska and neighbouring Herzegovina in the 17th century. There are a lot of old, typical Dalmatian houses around the bay as well as a couple of old churches. The oldest church is the church of Sveti Vlaho with its Baroque loggia from 1682. Other, newer church is one of Sveti Nikola which serves as parish church too.
Racisce is well known in Croatia for its capable sailors and fishermen. Sailing and fishing was for long centuries the main profession of its inhabitants. In late 19th century and beginning of 20th century, Racisce used to have about 40 wooden schooners with huge and gorgeous masts and sails, locally called “trabakula”. Bearing in mind that Racisce has only about 500 inhabitants, the fleet of 40 large boats was indeed something to be proud of. The schooners would sail around Adriatic as well as the Mediterranean, but later they got rid of them 🙁 and they bought modern ships by which they carry on sailing around the world. The only thing is that large and long breakwater as well as stone quay that was built in Racisce to protect its wooden schooners, couldn’t do that anymore for new and gigantic ships that sailors from Racisce sail on nowadays, so now it harbours tiny little fishing and sailing boats only.
As Croatia becomes more popular as a travel destination, Racisce has developed as a tourist place too. It has its own small hotel called “Mediteran” as well as a lot of privately owned apartments and rooms available for holiday rent.
Terrace in front of hotel Mediteran is a popular meeting place for local cafe society where one can sit and enjoy the cold drink watching the world slowly passing by. In the other corner of the bay, there is traditional ‘buche’ playground – the place where local people play a bowling game, a typical Mediterranean pass time (la boule).
In the near vicinity of the village, there are a couple of bays (bay Vaja and bay Samograd) that are on reasonable walking distance from the village and are great places to swim and enjoy peace and sunshine. Both bays feature nice pebble/shingle beaches.
As Racisce is located beneath of the high hill, it is a great place to enjoy walking, mountain biking and exploring the surrounding area at your own pace. There are a lot of small and unmade roads and paths that can take you on unusual and secluded spots like vineyards and olive groves, from some of which there are very nice views on Peljesac mountain and Peljesac channel.
GPS Location coordinates: 42.973346, 17.020297
There is a daily bus service from Racisce to Korcula that runs about 6 times a day. This is a bus schedule :
Korcula – Racisce daily bus departures >> 5:45, 6:45, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 19:15
Racisce – Korcula daily bus departures >> 6:15, 7.15 , 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 19:45