Practicalities of Korcula Town
While the Old Town of Korcula is the main focus of most visitors’ interests – and justifiably so, for its medieval walled fortified charm, narrow lanes that self-ventilate because of attention to city planning, a fascinating museum, opulent abbey treasury, and Gothic-Renaissance cathedral -- practical aspects of the "newer" town can assist the traveler.
Seasons: I’ve stayed here in both early September and mid-April. April was by far my favorite, as luckily the weather was perfect and sunny, breezy but not cold, and there were virtually no tourists. September was hot, crowded with tourists, but on the other hand it was also a livelier scene.
Upon arrival, look for this posted map to orient yourself. It’s along the west waterfront just south of the tourist office, which is beside the prominent Hotel Korcula. The tourist office did not have free maps, like most – they enforced buying theirs, which I find defeats the purpose of aiding the traveler.
Southeast of the walled town is a piazza-type area adjacent to the sea, which has a supermarket, several internet cafes nearby (photo #2), a colorful fruit and veggie market (photo #3), Marko Polo Tours, and the grand formal stone staircase which takes one through the walled city’s south gate (Veliki Revelin, photo #4). From here, the charming old town starts, often crowded with tourists (photo #5). Seaside restaurants and cafes encircle the peninsula-like town, adjacent to the ramparts.
Instead of tourist trinkets, I brought back for my friends small locally-made items from the supermarket, things that the average Korculan might use – spices such as paprika, great jams, tinned pates, specialized herb teas, and local brandy.
For those interested in boating, there’s a large marina nearby, where sailors of many nationalities congregate at the Yacht Club, and also dozens of locally built wooden tour boats, made from the island’s indigenous holm-oak. For taxis, rental cars, bicycles, and scooters, contact www.korcula-croatia.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.