Korcula Vacation Packages & Tours

The purported birthplace of international explorer Marco Polo, the Greeks called Korcula “Black Corfu” due to its dense forests, so thick with pine trees it made the island appear almost black from a distance. The isle is also home to olive groves, vineyards, and postcard-perfect beaches, while the fortified Old Town of Korcula on the eastern side is known as a “mini-Dubrovnik.” Medieval defensive walls with gates, ramparts, and towers enclose it all, with centuries-old squares, palaces, homes, and churches, while St. Mark’s Cathedral and its belltower serve as the centerpiece. 

The pedestrianized streets in the Old Town were designed like a fishbone, thoughtfully planned to limit winter winds while welcoming the summer breezes. It’s enjoyable just to wander through the narrow, cobbled lanes, lined with magnificent architecture, with many little family-run shops and enticing tavernas serving authentic eats.

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Where to Stay in Korcula

Korcula Old Town is the most enchanting place to stay in Korcula, with many medieval treasures, shops, and restaurants right out your door. It’s also the busiest area, however, typically filled with tourists during the day throughout the summer. Vela Luka offers some local cafes, restaurants, and modest hotels while being a convenient spot as the major entry point to the island, with regular car ferries to and from Split. Lumbarda is a great base for families seeking a beach getaway with the only sandy beaches on the island, while Zrnovo provides a tranquil alternative to Korcula Old Town, ideal for couples.

 

Things to do in Korcula

  • Korcula Old Town

    Visit the Old Town of Korcula

    Korcula old town is a medieval walled city positioned on an oval-shaped area. The city itself boasts a succession of narrow streets that branch off the spine of the main street like a fish bone. Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, you can visit his house and the Marco Polo Exhibition to learn more about his illustrious life. Visit the main square and the cathedral, both named after St. Marko. Just behind the main entrance to the town lies another smaller square, with illustrious, historic buildings.

  • Vela Luca

    Explore Vela Luka and the nearby islands

    The west side of the large bay is perfect for taking breathtaking pictures of the sunsets. You will find a delightful small town known as Vela Luka. It offers incredible experiences with the most intriguing being the Vela Spila (Great Cave). This area is also known for the ‘Kalos health center’ which opened in the 1960s, there are several ways from Vela Luka to the cave, one being to take the asphalt road from Kale cove that leads to the entrance of Vela Cave. Known for its medical mud deposits and springs of mineral water, you will feel healthier after visiting this beauty spot.

  • Dalmatia Korcula

    Boat Trip to neighboring islands

    After you’ve seen everything that beautiful Korcula has to offer, hop onto a boat or a ferry and explore the beautiful neighboring islands of Solta, Barc, Hvar, Vis, or Mljet.

 

When to visit Korcula

With a typical Mediterranean climate, Korcula enjoys warm, dry summers with cooler winters. The best time to visit is between May and September as rain is minimal with less than a tenth of an inch and sunny skies are the norm. Summer brings the chance to witness an impressive Moreska sword dance performance, but it can be quite hot in July and August, the peak of the tourist season. If you want to avoid the crowds and temperatures that often rise to about 90 degrees, consider the shoulder seasons of May or September.

 

Korcula FAQ

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How many days do you need in Korcula?

There’s a lot to see in Korcula, going well beyond the popular Korcula Old Town. That means you’ll ideally want at least three days, the first in and around the historic center, taking in the view from St. Mark’s Cathedral, visiting the town museum, picking up souvenirs and gifts, and sampling various eateries. The next day, you might rent a bike for a self-guided tour to Lumbarda or just pedal around the island. On your third, spend the day at one of the many beautiful beaches. A week will allow you to do all of that with time to relax in between.

What is the best time to visit for watching the Moreska sword dance performances?

If you don’t want to miss the incredible Moreska sword dance performance that tells the story of two kings battling it out with their armies for the love of a kidnapped princess, you’ll want to visit Korcula in June, July, August, or September. In June and September, they’re held on Thursdays at 9 p.m., and in July and August on both Mondays and Thursdays at 9 p.m.

 

What are the essential sites to see in Korcula?

The top sites in Korcula are primarily in Korcula Old Town, including the Gothic-Renaissance style St. Mark’s Cathedral and its bell tower. Don’t miss the view over the rooftops and the sea from the watchtower of the Marco Polo House which also includes a small museum. The Folk Museum and Ethno House are also well worth a visit with its interesting folk and ethnographic collection that includes around 3,000 artifacts centered around items commonly used in peasant life. Just above Vela Luka, Vela Spilja Cave is one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites.

 

Is Korcula worth visiting?

Korcula is a favorite among many Croatian visitors, a place that most feel shouldn’t be missed. It not only boasts one of the world’s most magical walled Old Towns with centuries-old historic sites but it’s said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. It offers the chance to watch Moreska sword dancing, gaze out at stunning landscapes and spend time on beautiful beaches. Plus, there are many vineyards and wineries for touring and tasting, while many of the restaurants here serve authentic, local dishes.

 
 
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