Korcula Travel Guide

  • On the ferry on our way to Korcula
    On the ferry on our way to Korcula
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  • ferry to Korcula
    ferry to Korcula
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  • a throne outside the museum
    a throne outside the museum
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Korcula Highlights

  • Pro
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    bluebug says…

     Beautiful beaches, friendly people, made for being lazy 

  • Con
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    Venturingnow says…

     It's hard to get to/from and around the island with ferries 

  • In a nutshell
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    Paulie52 says…

     This is the way the Italian coast was back in the day! 

Korcula Things to Do

  • The sword dance Moreška

    A battle over the fate of a veiled young woman- bula is held o n July 29,on St. Theodore's day( Korčula's patron saint). Performers must be native to Korčula. Local families are very pride to participate in it.

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  • Old defensive towers

    Korcula has several defensive towers that lead into the narrow and very cool old town which is all pedestrian. These towers face the sea and still look very cool. Take time and admire these towers, some are older than the United States of America.

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  • Marco Polo museum - PASS ON IT

    I must say ….. pass on this museum unless you want a $12 US dollar 30 min. history lesson. We didn't know what to expect so we entered …. not worth it …. you walk up some stairs into various rooms that tell the story of Marco Polo, with an audio guide … after 5/6 rooms you leave via a gift shop …. I was very disappointed …. Maybe the coolest part...

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  • The Fortress

    The ramparts were destroyed in the 19th century, but some towers and doors survived, contributing for the magical beauty of the site. Don't miss the small beach opposite to the harbour, not far from it.

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  • Marco Polo's house

    One of the highlights of the island is the house were Marco Polo seems to have lived. For the moment it is only a ruin, with the recuperation works disturbed by the flocks of tourists that constantly invade the place. So far, nothing in particular to see, just a detail in the walk across the small city.

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  • Old Town

    It's easy and a pleasant experience to walk across the old town. The area is small, almost flat, the narrow streets provide good shadows, and the interesting details are everywhere.

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Korcula Restaurants

  • Don't imitate us

    We had lunch in a small restaurant, testing the guide's lesson explaining us that the streets were broken in angles in the sea side, to cut the freezing winds in winter, and straight inland side to allow the flow of refreshing summer breezes. We were cool, in the esplanade, but the lunch was banal. Nothing to remember nor complaint. However,...

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  • Plesent wine food and family

    This is special becouse it is out of korcula in place caled Zrnovo they work all day from may till end of semptember they have for ewerebody 10% discount in may and semptember ambiance is rustic in stone, music is tipic dalmatian, and the food and wine is great. They have ewerithinf from fish and meat from grill and they all food is special becouse...

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  • Konoba Moski Konjić

    Photo 1 and 2. Konoba Moski Konjić stands on Zakrjan, the old town’s promenade, on the eastern side of the peninsula. The promenade is also named Setzlište Petra Kanalevića. The tables are pleasantly set along the water with a good view on Pelješac on the other side of the channel.Photo 3. The restaurant itself is on the other side of the...

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Korcula Nightlife

  • the disco

    It's an only place in Korcula opened after closing of bars...It's small, but nice...everybody goes there, so you can find all kinds of people dancing and having fun...You can also sit on a beautiful terrace and enjoy drinking cocktails and having a peacefull night out... no dress code

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  • great concerts

    After a long day of sunbathing and other summer activities like diving,and swimming, a walk through old town of Korèula is a great thing. Especially if there are some concerts held on the tower...They are free, you can just sit there and listen...it is really amazing. And during summer, they are held almost every day...I enjoyed 2 concerts- one...

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  • Street Singers

    Kad si bila mala, MareKad si bila mala, MareVoljela si more.A sad si narasla,MareA sad si narasla, MarePa volis mornare.No point translating those lyrics, it is a song about the sea and love, of course.This group stood in one narrow alley and performed Croatian traditional songs with true passion and love. We were just standing quietly enjoying...

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Korcula Transportation

  • Easy and cheap

    We had a rental car and we found the price and schedule to Korcula very reasonable and easy to do. You must catch the ferry from Orebic, the ferry takes about 20 minutes to get to Korcula, the cost was 80 KN about $16 US return for the car ferry. Once in Korcula just follow the signs to the old town and look for parking.

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  • Choose the right terminal!

    The island is connected by ferry from Orebic on the Pelješac peninsula, and Ubla on Lastovo and in summer with Drvenik near Makarska. Ferries connect it with other cities such as Dubrovnik, Split and Rijeka, and in the summer with Italy.In the Old Town port is a terminal for catamaran from/to Dubrovnik/Split and for boat from Orebić.On the...

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  • Rent a car for a day

    We hooked up with a couple of women from Australia and rented this fine little Citroen Picasso. The staff/owners of Rent A Dir, an excellent agency at the edge of the old city, were very friendly and helpful.

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Korcula Shopping

  • Shops and stalls

    One thing we both enjoyed was the mixture of monuments and shops, common in almost all the Croatia, serving all tastes at the same time. However, the old town's entrance in Korcula was the place in Croatia with the highest concentration of stalls, almost imitating the Muslim souks. To evidence the differences, here the sellers were discreet and...

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  • What do I buy?

    Traditional handicrafts like embroidery, woodcarvings and ceramics make good souvenirs. Tourists can reclaim VAT for expenditure of more than K500. Visitors should ensure that all receipts are retained after any purchase is made, as financial police do have the power to fine visitors without relevant documents. This is to prevent VAT evasion by...

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  • Buying Lace

    There are a few women on Korcula island that make the famous Croatian lace. The stuff is most famous in Pag, but the stuff here is really good too. You can see the older woman making big and small designs, it's all very intricate. The prices range from 5 dollars to 50 dollars for a huge tablecloth.

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Korcula Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • Moreska dance

    The town of Korcula Croatia is well known for MORESKA – a traditional sword dance and drama that was common through the Mediterranean in 12th and 13th century, reaching Korcula in 16th century from Italy and Dubrovnik. The dance originated in Spain and is associated to the conflict between Moors and Christians. In Dalmatia its popularity was almost...

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  • Oranges

    In the odl town of Korcula where all the building are packed together there is very few space for vegetation. Space was precious and was used for more important purpouses than parks. Well, here and there some house has a yard where some trees grow. Among them orange trees. And when the fruits are ripe they are just teasing to be picked. They looked...

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Korcula Warnings and Dangers

  • Look out for dangerous creatures

    Sea Urchins live on the seabed of the Adriatic coastline in great abundance. Be sure to watch your step when the tide is very low. In many places, especially isolated beaches, you will find them, which is a good reason to have some sort of foot wear. But be glad when you see sea-urchins, it means the water is absolutely clean because they live only...

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  • Jaws!!!!

    In the Adriatic you don't have to afraid of sharks!Shark attacks are rare in Croatia, whose sea is a natural home only to smaller sharks that do not harm humans. But larger sharks sometimes stray into the Adriatic after following big overseas ships that sail from the Med to Adriatic ports eating garbage that ships let out into the sea. It is a rare...

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  • Sea urchans beware

    Invest in a pair of “plastic” shoes the moment you arrive. Best investment I made as the sea urchins are hidden between rocks in the sea and sometimes very difficult to spot. I was told that if you do step on one then it will sting tremendously, but you must keep your foot in the seawater for a few minutes. I helps they say.

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Korcula Tourist Traps

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    by mvtouring Written Jul 7, 2004

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    I found these people extremely unhelpful and all that they were interested in was making money. They charge most for any tours and offer worse service than anyone else

    Unique Suggestions: Use one of the other tour operators in town or try and do your own thing

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Korcula What to Pack

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    by mvtouring Written Apr 9, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Backpack for daytrips. Bring light luggage and bags as it could get quite tricky boarding the ferries and you have to carry your own luggage

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes, light clothing and do not forget the swim wear. Do not forget the sunscreen as the sun here is extremely harsh. Swimming goggles would be nice to if you like snorkling

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Do not forget your prescription medicine and a all purpose anti-biotic.

    Photo Equipment: Ensure you have enough battery power for your digital & camcorder. Even when going on day trips ensure enough film is with you, even carry an additional one just in case!

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Korcula Off The Beaten Path

  • The Island

    As you approach the harbour, the forested coast starts showing some spreading houses, giving life to the island, and, with their modern architecture, creating the contrast that "explodes" before you, when the boat circles the remaining towers of the old town. Very nice view from the sea!

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  • Borak

    This is not really Off The Beaten Path but off the old town, hence off what is usually visited in Korčula.Borak is the eastern district of Korcula, south to the old town. It is mostly pedestrian only. Photo 1 shows an amazing kind of amphitheater with an entrance framed by two pinnacles. The semi-circular place has a flat, paved area and a...

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  • Brna

    The place called Brna is located on the southern side of the island of Korcula, in a magnificent bay full of green vegetation and wrapped in the Mediterranean sun. Around Brna there are beautiful bays - on the west thre is the Istruga bay, and on the east there is Zavalatica bay, with lovely pebble beaches and clean and clear sea that attracts...

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Korcula Favorites

  • How to get to the island Korcula with a...

    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.Source:...

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  • Ground plan

    If you look carefully the ground plan of Korcula, you will notice that streets towards north are straight, and streets towards south curved. In summer the wind blows from the north and the street are built so that the wind can blow over whole town and cool it down.In winter, cold wind blows from the other side. And to block it's ''entrance'' into...

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  • Honest pride of Korcula

    Korcula is subtle, touches you with caution. Korcula wants to keep it's charm and dignity. She had heard of other proud towns now sunken under tents advertising beer. Look around, and you will notice welcoming stairway to cocktail bar situated on one of the towers. Another one on the main plateau overlooking the harbor, still showing off ancient...

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