The island of Korcula is the perfect place to soak up everything the Mediterranean has to offer. Korcula holidays are all yours, whether you want a romantic getaway for two or a snorkelling adventure with the whole family. Known for its pristine beaches, lush forests, and centuries of history, this tiny island boasts 20 miles of spellbinding coastline.
In Korcula’s Old Town, medieval walls stand proudly while folk music echoes through the streets. The ancient town is home to luxury hotels, fine dining and some of the island’s most impressive landmarks, including the imposing St Mark's Cathedral. On the western tip of the island, Vela Luka is a bigger, less happening settlement - head for the Cultural Centre, which houses two Henry Moore sculptures.
Much of the rest of Korčula is given over to agriculture, the signature product being the local dry white wine, Grk. Like the name of Korčula itself, originating from ‘Korkyra Melaina’ (‘Black Corfu’), Grk links back to the time of Ancient Greek settlers here. Korcula is a dazzling Croatian island that has it all: sun, sea, and culture in spades.
Island-hop to Korcula
Before we get to the good stuff, let's figure out how you're going to get there. Ferries calling at Split, Hvar and Lastovo dock at Vela Luka. The bus-and-boat service from Dubrovnik hops across from Orebić on Pelješac to Korčula town. The trip takes about three and a half hours. Take advantage of the fresh air while you try to spot dolphins and make the most of your time at sea. Don't have the time? If you want to shorten your trip, you can take the catamaran from Split via Hvar, which only takes an hour and 45 minutes.
Explore an ancient Roman island
If you're a culture vulture, you'll feel the pull of Old Town from the very first moment you step on the island. The ancient, walled town of Korcula regularly invites comparisons with Dubrovnik and will quickly sweep you up in its historical magic. The Land Gate entrance is your gateway to the 13th century Old Town. It will be easy to tell you’re in the right direction when you come to a small peninsula dotted with whitewashed houses with fiery-red clay rooftops.
There's still an ancient fort on Korcula, surrounded by an imposing stone wall. The walls were built to keep pirates at bay. The island's most important landmark is St Mark's Cathedral, built in the 15th century. Visit the bell tower for spectacular views across the bay. Korcula Town Museum, across the street, offers a fascinating look at the island's history. There are four levels to explore, which make it a great place to learn about the ancient culture of the island.
Feast on Dalmatian food and wine
A rich wine-growing island, Korcula’s vineyards are not to be missed. A delicate white wine is made from grapes from the vineyards near Smokvica and Cara. With a classic wine tasting experience, you can sample it along with a variety of others. If you're a foodie, you'll find a delicious haven of tastes and alluring smells throughout the village. Whether you enjoy a beach picnic or a classy seafood dinner, Korcula cuisine offers something for everyone.
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