Korcula town Travel Guide

The peerless medieval town of Korcula, with its imposing walled Old Town projecting into the north-east of the Peljesac Channel, is a top tourist attraction and an administrative centre of the island. Anyone who arrives in Croatia for Korcula holidays is enchanted by the orderly herring-bone layout of its cobbled streets, its spirited cultural life, the dazzling sun and sea. A Korcula travel can be started by bus or ferry from the Dubrovnik or Split airports that are 145 and 250 km away.

The archaeologists have proved that Korcula had existed long before the Illyrians arrived. Its strategic significance was evident for all the nations that ruled there including the Romans, Croats, Byzantines, Venetians and Austrians. The 13th and 14th centuries witnessed some very important events in Korcula, such as the adoption of the oldest preserved Statute in 1214, the birth of a well-known traveler Marco Polo in 1254 and the construction of the impressive stone walls some hundred years later.

Tourist attractions. The Korcula Old Town is a place of enormous historical value. Start your holidays in Korcula with visiting the 15th century Cathedral of St Marco and the neighbouring Gabrielis palace presently used as the Town Museum. Other places to include in your Korcula travel sightseeing program are the Icons Museum, the Bishop's Palace and Treasury, the magnificent Land Gate to the walled town, numerous old churches and decorative columns that amaze every visitor to Croatia.

Festivals and cultural events. There are some lively nightclubs and discos like Dos Locos and an open-air cinema for the young. Spectacular folk and art events are plentiful in Korcula, including the elaborate Moreska sword dance performed here for over 4 centuries. The June fancy dress parade and the mid-July Marco Polo Festival of Song and Wine are as much impressive.

Restaurants. Gastronomically, Korcula holidays are a wealth of palatable Dalmatian dishes with the local flavour of Posip, Grk and other white wines that accompany grilled meat, fish and seafood at Planjak, Marco Polo, Kanavelic, Adijo Mare restaurants.

Beaches. The seaside holidays in Korcula are a tempting invitation to a number of beautiful beaches located within a short walking distance off the Korcula Old Town. The area of Sveti Nikola has two cosy pebble and rocky beaches of Mandrac and Ispod Duvana. The still more tempting destinations for a summer Korcula travel are the sandy bay of Luka Korculanska and the pebble Badija coast, both suitable for kids.

Active vacations. The water sports facilities in Korcula can be found at the ACI Club Marina, the KPK water polo club and the Kaleta Travel Agency that offers sailing trips, snorkelling expeditions, fish picnics, exciting tours in glass bottom canoes. There is every opportunity to go scuba diving and windsurfing or to time your Korcula holidays to one of the regattas. The surrounding pine woods look most inviting for a walking or biking tour.