How to get to the island Korcula with a bus?
The Bus company operating here is Autotrans Rijeka. Bus ride from Dubrovnik to Drace takes about 1h 45min, to Vela Luka some 4h 30min. Bus station Ston is the connecting station for all buses in Dubrovnik direction. This station is 45min from Dubrovnik. For timetable please visit www.autotrans.hr.
MARCO POLO - WORLD TRAVELER
Did you know that one of the greatest world travelers, Marco Polo, was born in 1254 on the island of Korcula? At the time when the life and culture of exotic culture in the East were completely unknown to all of Europe, and no one had heard of paper money, the seventeen year old Marco Polo headed for China to the great Kubla Kahn. He became so fond of Marco Polo that he put him in charge of an entire region, which is why Marco Polo stayed at the Mongolian court for 17 years.
During that time, he traveled through and got to know a large part of Asia, which he later described in his well-known travel record "Milijun" (Million). After having returned with extensive riches, he spent his life convincing friends of the accuracy of his unusual experience in the mysterious East. However, did you know what everyone has been grateful for is - pasta, which he brought to Europe from China. The only thing we can say is: Marco Polo, thank you for this gastronomic pleasure!
The island of Korcula has a thriving wine industry. Just outside the walls of the old city, we stumbled onto a nice wine shop that was an outlet for a local vineyard. They offer free tastings of the wines for sale. We tried several of them and ended up with a few bottles of excellent Korculan white.
I can't recall exactly where this shop is, but it's located on a street right around the Trg. Sv. Justine.
Korcula Town, a marvel of medieval urban planning which has charmed foreign visitors since the first tourists arrived in the 1920s.
Korcula is one of the few islands served by busses (which board a ferry to the island). The bus station is at Prat. Bb (Ticket and info window open M – Sa 6:30 – 9am, 9:30am – 4pm and 4:30 to 7pm. Su 2 – 7pm) Busses run to Dubrovnik (31/2 hr, 1 per day 62kn).
Ferries run to Dubrovnik (31/2 hr, 5 per week, 64kn); Hvar (3hr, 1-2 pd, 62kn). Ferries from other destations connects Vela Luka and Sobra on Miljet.
Accommodation and food:-
Private Rooms are the only budget accommodation available. Although Marko Polo, Biline 5, will arrange one for you, they don’t necessarily offer the best deals, shop around at the tourist office and check out local options. Marko Polo is on the waterfront where the ferry docks. Singles 76 – 160kn; diybkes 100 – 212kn; triple 140 – 272kn). Prices depend on the season. Tourist tax 4.50 – 7kn. Look for sobe (room) signs uphill from the buss station away from Stari Grad.
The biggest and the most beautiful building of Korcula - the Cathedral of St. Marco - is on the top of the town. South from it, there is the Bishop's Palace (1342;1653/1860) where the Abbatial Treasury of St. Marco is placed today with a rich collection of Croatian and Italian Renaissance artists, a collection of manuscripts and books and a collection of the ceremonial clothes. North from the Cathedral, there is a small church of St. Peter - probably the oldest preserved church in the town from the 11th century/1388 - in which the Renaissance portal of the master Bonino da Milano and the wooden statues of the apostles are situated - the work of the Venetian sculptors from the 18th century. On the western side of the square, there is Crkva Gospojina (Church of Our Lady) from 1483, the Renaissance work of the local builders, where the tombs of the historical Korcula families are situated as well as the tomb of the defender from Turkish assault, the priest Rozanovic. There are also beautifully decorated gravestones, and a big mosaic of the Dutch artist Louis Schrikkela on the altar, from 1964-67. There is a flag column on the square next to the Crkva Gospojina from 1515