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Korčula island

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What to see

What to do

Accommodation and hotel Korčula

Visits and excursions

How to reach Korčula island

 

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The island of Korčula is known for its vineyards and small bays, but the most interesting part is for sure the old town of Korčula.

Even if it is not as famous as other towns like Dubrovnik, it is certainly one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia and deserves a visit.

 

 

 

 

What to see in Korčula

 

1 – Korčula’s old town

The old town of Korčula is for sure a must see in Croatia.

It is situated on a peninsula and has kept its medieval aspect with stone houses and defensive towers.

The town was created in a very ingenious way. The plan of its streets looks like a fishbone. The main bone would be the main street that passes in front of the cathedral, while on each side narrow streets reach the sea.
The streets on West side are straight and let a little wind in during the summer to refresh the town, while the streets on East side are curved in order not to let in the freezing wind Bura during winter.

 

2 – Revelin tower

You will enter to the old town through a magnificent staircase from the 19th century.

On the top of it is a square tower called Revelin tower.

 

3 – Saint Mark’s cathedral

Passing under the Revelin tower you will arrive in the main street leading to Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

Stand in front of the cathedral and notice on the facade the beautiful fluted rose and the sculpted frieze of fantastic motifs like dragons or mermaids.
The clock with its gold and black ball shows the different phases of the moon.
On each side of the main portal is a lion, one is supported by Adam and the other one by Eve.

Upon entering the cathedral notice the sculptures above the 4 columns. Each one of these sculptures represents an evangelist : the bull for Saint Luke, the eagle for Saint John, the lion for Saint Mark and the angel for Saint Matthew. The artist wanted to show that the church is based on the Gospels.

When you enter in the cathedral, you can see on the wall on the right side arms that were offered in gratitude for naval victories.

The cathedral may appear wider once inside than it looked from outside, it is actually connected to the chapel of Saint Roch.

 

4 – Marco Polo’s house

It is said that Marco Polo, the famous navigator and explorer of the 13th century was born in Korčula under the name Marko Polić. Later, at a time when name were Italianized, he became Marco Polo.

This house in the heart of the old town is all that remains to remind us that he was born and has lived here in Korčula.

 

 

What to do in Korčula

 

1 – Dance the Moreška

The Moreška is the typical dance of Korčula where men dance with swords. The ones in black represent the Muslim Turks, the other ones in red and white represent the Christians.

The Moorish king stole the bride of the Christian king who fights to get her back.

 

Accommodation and hotel

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Private accommodation in Korčula

Book an apartment, a house by the sea or just a room in Korčula or around.

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Hotel in Korčula

Book a hotel in Korčula or Vela luka. Great choice of simple and luxury hotels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visits and excursions

 

1- The town of Vela Luka

Vela Luka means ‘the big harbor’. With its 4.500 inhabitants this is the largest port and also the largest town of the island.

 

2- Proizd island

The island of Proizd is situated right in front of Vela Luka.

This is the ideal place to avoid the crowd during the summer. Its beaches are considered as some of the best beaches in Croatia, but do not expect kilometers of sandy beaches.

You will find on the island small pebble coves and rocky beaches, that should give you the opportunity to find a quiet place for yourself.

 

 

How to reach Korčula island

 

With a vehicle:

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Ferry Split-Vela Luka

About 3h30 crossing.

More information about schedules and prices of the ferry on the web site of the Croatian Ferry company Jadrolinija.

Ferry Orebić-Dominče

About 20 mn crossing.
Orebić is situated on the peninsula of Pelješac, Dominče is situated 2 km from the old town of Korčula.

More information about schedules and prices of the ferry on the web site of the Croatian Ferry company Jadrolinija.

 

Passengers only:

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Catamaran Split – Vela Luka (Korčula island)

About 2h00 crossing.

More information about schedules and prices of the fast boats on the web site of the Croatian Ferry company Jadrolinija.

Catamaran Split – Korčula

About 3h00 crossing (it goest to Hvar first).

More information about schedules and prices of the fast boats on the web site of the Croatian Ferry company Jadrolinija.

 

* If you have a car, make sure to park it in the line 2h00 before departure in July and August, since a ticket does not mean that you will have for sure a place on the ferry.

 

Post by: Delphine Pavlak

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