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The Island of Korcula, sometimes called the Emerald Isle, is the sixth largest island in Croatia. This island is a bit of a hidden treasure because it is located a little farther away compared to Hvar and Brac. The three main towns on the Island of Korcula are Korcula Town, Vela Luka, and Lumbarda. There is evidence of inhabitants on the island since the Stone Age.
The island is small, approximately 20 miles long, but the Island of Korcula is packed with adventures and interesting things to do. The island is narrow, only about 4 to 5 miles wide in most places.
Korcula’s Old Town has Venetian-style buildings with red roofs and a wall surrounding the town, reminiscent of Dubrovnik. Because of the similarities, the Old Town is often referred to as, “Little Dubrovnik.” There are many cultural activities and music events throughout the year. The view of Pelješac peninsula is spectacular.
If you enjoy wine, take part in one of the many wine-tasting tours on the island. Korcula vineyards are prized for their white grape, pošip, the key ingredient in many of the best wines in Croatia.
Hidden coves near the island offer you plenty of privacy to swim, sunbathe and relax. On the western side of the Island of Korcula is Vela Luka, famous for Vela Spila, a cave which offers memorable photo possibilities. Proizd features a spectacular beach. Oh, and sunsets on the Island of Korcula? Legendary.
Korcula At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Dubrovnik 2hours 45mins>
Average Population of Korcula 15, 400
What to See in Korcula – Discover the old town of Korcula, Visit St Mark’s Cathedral, Visit the Marco Polo Museum, Visit the charming town of Vela Luca and the Vela Spila (Great Cave)
Towns or islands to Visit near Korcula Island of Solta, Island of Brac, Hvar Town, Krka National Park, Split, Dubrovnik
Cruises via Korcula
Deluxe Balcony7 Days2020-04-25 / 2020-10-10From $2,805.74 per person
Deluxe7 Days2020-04-25 / 2020-10-10From $2,509.62 per person
Superior7 Days2020-05-02 / 2020-10-10From $2,361.56 per person
Things to do in Korcula
Visit the Old Town of Korcula
Korcula old town is a medieval walled city positioned on an oval shaped area. The city itself boasts a succession of narrow streets that branch off the spine of the main street like a fish bone. Said to be the birth place of Marco Polo, you can visit his house and the Marco Polo Exhibition to learn more about his illustrious life. Visit the main square and the cathedral, both named after St. Marko. Just behind the main entrance to the town lies another smaller square, with illustrious, historic buildings.
Explore Vela Luka and the nearby islands
The west side of the large bay is perfect for taking breathtaking pictures of the sunsets. You will find a delightful small town known as Vela Luka. It offers incredible experiences with the most intriguing being of the Vela Spila (Great Cave). This area is also known for the ‘Kalos health centre’ which opened in the 1960’s, There are several ways from Vela Luka to the cave, one being to take asphalt road from Kale cove that leads to the entrance of Vela Cave. Known for its medical mud deposits and springs of mineral water, you will feel healthier after visiting this beauty spot.
Boat Trip to neighboring islands
After you’ve seen everything that beautiful Korcula has to offer, hop onto a boat or a ferry and explore the beautiful neighbouring islands of Solta, Barc, Hvar, Vis or Mljet.
Hotels in Korcula
This seaside Hotel Liburna boasts views of fortified Old Town Korcula across the bay, surrounded by striking natural beauty. In front are beautiful beaches edged by the azure Adriatic and behind are picturesque hills. It hosts 112 rooms and suites, luxuriously furnished with large windows for plenty of natural light, some featuring expansive balconies that showcase sea views. The beachfront provides guests with lots of space for sunbathing and enjoying a variety of activities, and there is also an outdoor saltwater pool with shaded sunbeds. The onsite restaurant serves a delicious menu with international dishes featuring fresh local ingredients, and also hosts regular culinary evenings for dining on regional specialties paired with Croatian wines.
The intimate family-run Hotel Korsal offers 18 spacious rooms that provide an ideal base for exploring Korcula and its spectacular medieval walled Old Town, just a 5-minute walk from ACI Marina Korcula. All boast awe-inspiring sea views, hardwood floors and modern furniture – some come with balconies and rooms in the historic part of the hotel have many of its original features like stone walls. The property also hosts wine tastings in its wonderful wine cellar, allowing guests to taste the delicious local varieties. There’s also a spa for relaxing with a massage and a restaurant serving classic international and traditional Dalmatian cuisine on the private terrace with beautiful views of the sea.
The Dimitri Palace
This former bishop’s palace is located within the medieval city walls of Korcula Town, made up of a cluster of historic stone buildings that were beautifully renovated and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. It’s themed around the voyages of famous explorer Marco Polo (with Korcula his alleged birthplace) and features five lavish suites, each with its own unique design with décor from the various regions Polo visited. While they all vary in style and size, each has a kitchenette. The hotel also hosts an onsite restaurant serving tasty Croatian fare using fresh, local ingredients, including seafood, as well as a spa offering Thai massage and treatments utilizing many organically grown ingredients.