Korcula Packages & Tours

They say good things come in small packages and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to Korcula. This relatively small island is just 20 miles long, but it’s jam-packed with things to do, not to mention being home to one of the most charming walled towns you’ll ever see. The landscapes include dense pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and sandy beaches edged with cobalt blue waters that are ideal for swimming. But the highlight is arguably Old Town Korcula. It’s surrounded by medieval walls, towers, ramparts, and gates while its cobbled streets are laid out in a fishbone pattern, designed to help protect it from the elements. It’s a joy to stroll with many Venetian-inspired buildings, enticing squares, authentic tavernas, family-run shops, and churches, with St. Mark’s Cathedral and its belltower the centrepiece.

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Where to Stay in Korcula

The most popular place to stay in Korcula is the Old Town which will put you at the heart of it all. Of course, this is the busiest area so it’s not a place to avoid the crowds with tourists filling the streets throughout the summer. Those who plan to spend much of their time at the beach might want to consider Lumbarda as it’s home to the island’s only sandy beaches as well as being an ideal base for families. Romance-seeking couples will find tranquillity in Zrnova and if you want a spot for easy access to the car ferries, choose Vela Luka.

 

Things to do in Korcula

  • Korcula Old Town

    Lose Yourself In The Enchanting Old Town

    The medieval Old Town of Korcula is the perfect place in which to temporarily lose yourself. The narrow streets feature a unique fishbone pattern layout that allows cool air to circulate freely in the balmy summer and prevents winds from chilling the houses in the winter. Take a wander through the passageways, and discover the house where the famous world explorer Marco Polo once lived. You can also visit the main square and St Mark’s cathedral.

  • Explore Korcula

    Visit Vela Luka

    The charming little town of Vela Luka is situated in a sheltered bay on the west side of the island. The town’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly Vela Spila (Great Cave). The sea-facing limestone cavern fills up with atmospheric light as the sun filters through the holes in its roof. You can also explore the beautiful serene beaches of Proizd, and meander your way through lush olive groves to the abandoned fortress on Hum hill.

  • Beaches near Korcula

    Explore Charming Neighbouring Islands

    From Korcula bay, you can hop aboard a boat and enjoy a scenic ride to the neighbouring islands of Brac, Hvar, Mljet, Solta or Vis. Sail on crystalline waters to secluded coves and bays that offer a perfect location for swimming and sunbathing. Once you arrive at your chosen destination, you can explore the island at your leisure. If you’ve packed a picnic you’ll easily find an idyllic spot where you can stop for lunch.

 

When to visit Korcula

Summer is the peak tourist season in Korcula, a time when the weather is warm and dry, while the Moreska sword dance performances will be taking place. Many visitors prefer the shoulder seasons of May or September which avoid summer’s intense heat and the biggest crowds. While the water may be too cool for swimming in the spring, temperatures are usually ideal for sightseeing and activities like cycling or hiking. In early fall, the sea will still be warm, often through mid-October.

 

Korcula FAQ

From

Pietro Our Croatia Expert

How many days do you need in Korcula?

A minimum of three days is necessary if you want to do more than wander through Old Town Korcula. You’ll need a day just to take all of that in, including the view from the bell tower at St. Mark’s Cathedral and explore the town museum, as well as time to browse the shops and get a good sampling of the delicious eats available here. On your second day you can visit other areas of the island and on a third, discover your favourite beach to enjoy some swimming and sunbathing.

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

Witnessing the Moreska sword dance performance is often one of the highlights of visiting Korcula. You’ll want to time your visit to be here when the shows take place. There are two each week in July and August: Mondays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. From mid-May through June and September through mid-October, they’re held only on Thursdays, also at 9 p.m. 

What are the essential sites to see in Korcula?

Korcula Old Town is where you’ll find the majority of the essential sites. One of the most impressive is St. Mark’s Cathedral but you won’t want to miss the Marco Polo House, with the highlight here being the opportunity to take in a spectacular view of the town’s rooftops and the sea from the watchtower. There are also two medieval gates and eight towers that still remain, dotted around the Old Town and on the hill above. Vela Spilja Cave, situated above the town of Vela Luka is one of the Mediterranean’s most important prehistoric sites.

Is Korcula worth visiting?

Island-hopping visitors often name Korcula as a favourite, with Old Town Korcula particularly enchanting, as if a fairy-tale has come to life. It’s not overrun with crowds and while you won’t have a wild party scene, there are plenty of places to enjoy the tranquillity. Most find that it’s not only worth visiting but sticking around a while to enjoy the breath-taking landscapes, beaches, wineries, historical sites, and tasty authentic local cuisine. Not to mention, they say that famous international explorer Marco Polo was born here, and you can even visit his alleged birth house.

 
 

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