Background to Korcula: Located on the dazzling Adriatic, the stunning island of Korcula boasts dense woodland, fragrant Mediterranean flora, medieval fortresses and numerous unspoilt coves and beaches, providing the perfect setting to a perfect Croatian escape.
One of Croatia’s greenest islands, Korcula was a favoured spot of the Greeks 2,000 years ago and has retained its art and history, its culture and musical skills. Its most famous inhabitant was Marco Polo, the intrepid 13th century traveller.
Korcula Old Town: It is often dubbed ‘little Dubrovnik’ for it too boasts a ring of impressive fortified walls, defensive towers and clusters of red-roofed houses within. Rustling palms encircle the town, providing welcome shade for the fine collection of bars and restaurants serving delicious local food and wines. Museums tell the story of Korcula’s colourful history displaying artefacts, Dalmatian paintings and collections of Byzantine icons.
Moreska Sword Dance: Korcula is also known for its famous Moreska sword dance. A traditional performance that was regularly seen in the 12th and 13th century, and unique to the island, it involves two groups of males dancers, engaging in a mock battle over the fate of a veiled young woman. In the summer it is held every Thursday in 'Ljetno Kino' - a small open-air stage right on the edge of the Old Town.
Explore by sea kayak: One of the best ways to explore Korcula and its pretty islets in the archipelago is by sea kayak. Rent from a number of local travel agents and expect to pay around 150 kn for a full day’s hire or hire by the hour. Life jackets should be included. A great and safe experience for everyone, including children, it’s the best way to explore Korcula’s sublime coastline and hidden beach coves.
Things to do in Korcula
Excursions from Korcula
Beaches and Swimming: Although Korcula Town boasts a few beaches, the best beaches in the area are to be found a short distance away. The sandy beach “Vela Przina” in Lumbarda is a definite must visit. Lumbarda is easily accessible by a bus service from Korcula town throughout the year. Perhaps a better way to Lumbarda is the summer water taxi that departs from the harbour beside the bus station. Duration is around 45 minutes.
Mljet National Park: A highly recommended day trip from Korcula, this large area includes two azure salt lakes, surrounded by pine forest. It’s a great place to explore by foot, bicycle and kayak. The waters are also very warm and clear, so having a dip is also highly recommended. In July and August there’s a fast catamaran from Korcula, four times a week in the morning to Polace, and returns late afternoon. Entrance fee is payable on arrival. Outside these months you will have to visit Mljet as part of an organised excursion.
Dubrovnik: The ‘pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is the must-see place to visit whilst in Croatia. The old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage boasts entire streets and buildings perfectly preserved to create an awe-inspiring Roman environment. Walk the city walls for excellent views of the Old Town and the Adriatic or perhaps ascend Mound Srd by cable car for more awe-inspiring views. For more information on Dubrovnik, click here. From a day trip from Korcula you will have to visit on an organised excursion.
Wine Tasting Tour of Korcula: Korcula and it’s neighbouring Peljesac Peninsula has a history of wine making going backcenturies. Unlike the rest of the region, Korcula is renowned for its white wine, especially the famous Grk. Many of the wineries and vineyards on Korcula Island are small family run operations which you can visit independently. However there are a number of excellent tours available which include transport, wine tasting and food. Details can be found here.
Undoubtedly one of the prettiest islands on the Adriatic Coast, the island of Korcula and its namesake town exudes history, style and splendour.
Holiday makers will get to know its numerous beautiful beaches and coves, vineyards and olive groves, the island is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Korcula town has interesting museums, cosy restaurants and cafes encircled by imposing honey-coloured stone walls. A spectacular setting in a fairy-tale location with easy access from Dubrovnik and Orebic by an efficient ferry service, Korcula is the perfect getaway for couples that simply cannot be missed!
Background to Korcula
May to October -Korcula offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months May, June, September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees.
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