From cultural attractions, inviting open-air activities, excellent culinary experience and high quality wines to beautiful beaches, Korčula is the perfect refuge for a stress-free vacation!
Read on to discover our top tips for planning your stay on our beautiful island depending on your preferences and the duration of your stay.
Our local experts have designed tailor-made tours that offer a glimpse into the traditions and the authentic lifestyle of the locals.
Walk the streets of the town of Korčula and take in one of the best-preserved medieval Mediterranean towns, renowned for its urban architecture.
From the bell tower of the St. Mark's Cathedral overlooking the main square, you can enjoy amazing views of the town whose structure resembles a fish bone. Under the stone ciborium in the cathedral, there is an altarpiece by the Venetian Renaissance master Jacopo Tintoretto dating to 1550.
Also, if you visit the Bishop's Treasury, you can explore a unique collection, which includes many works of art and archaeological findings.
The most significant work is the polyptych "Our Lady With Child and Saints" from 1431 by the Dalmatian painter Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin (? -1450), the most significant name in Dalmatian Gothic art.
Visit the newly opened Marco Polo Interpretation Centre and find out more about the most famous man from Korčula and world explorer, who was captured beneath the town walls of Korčula in 1298.
Find out more about the history, significance, and cultural achievements of the town of Korčula through 11 collections displayed in the City Museum Museum. Did you know that the islanders’ everyday lives were subject to the provisions of the Statute of the town and island of Korčula since 1214?
Religious traditions of the town of Korčula are linked to confraternities: Confraternity of All Saints (1301), Confraternity of St Roch (1575), and Confraternity of St Michael (1603). In the hall of the Confraternity of All Saints, you can check out the liturgical jewellery, typical candles, and the Icon Collection from the Cretan War.
Don’t miss the performances of the sword dance moreška, and the old sword battle dances kumpanija, performed in Pupnat, Čara, Smokvica, Blato, and Vela Luka, and moštra, performed in Žrnovo on the island of Korčula.
Enjoy a short boat ride (taxi ship or water taxi) to the island Badija. The natural beaches on the nearby islets ("Škoji") in the archipelago of the Town of Korčula will give you a feeling of relaxation and relief. Sandy beach lovers will be delighted with beaches in Lumbarda, accessible by regular bus transport, by boat or by hiking through olive groves and the field of indigenous Grk wine variety.
From the town of Korčula, along the northern coast of the sea, there are lower bays: Medvinjak, Žrnovska Spa, Vrbovica, Tri Žala, Oskorušica and Kneže. It is located in a beautiful bay, 12 kilometers away from the town of Korčula Račišće , a colorful settlement with a centuries-old maritime tradition.
From the smallest place on the island, Pupnat, on the road to Čara by the sea, you will reach the largest pebble beach of the island in Pupnatska Luka. The fertile Čarsko field is the home to the best Pošip wines.
In the wineries in Čara you can taste Pošip in the original ambience of this most famous wine from Korčula. Relax in the shade of the oldest cypress tree on the island in front of the church of St Peter.
The fertile Čarsko field is the home to the best Pošip wines. In the wineries in Čara you can taste Pošip in the original ambience of this most famous wine from Korčula.
On 25 July, the pilgrims from the entire island gather for procession honouring Our Lady of Čara Field. Hiking enthusiasts will fall in love with the circular hiking route ,the Pošip Route, which will take you through the fertile fields to the village of Smokvica. Don’t miss out on the nearby beaches in the bays of Žitna and Čavića Luka. Don’t miss out on numerous family farms which feature a rich offer of traditional dishes made from autochthonous ingredients and tasting rooms for wine, olive oil and island products.
If you are looking for adrenaline, sailing, kitesurfing, diving or kayaking are the right choice for you. For beginners, we recommend diving and sailing schools and local experts have created unique tours to bring you near to the tradition and lifestyle of the islanders. Visit the galleries and look for certified Korčula souvenirs.
After sightseeing in the town of Korčula, embark on an adventure and start exploring one of the most beautiful and romantic islands. You can tour Lumbarda and Žrnovo, the villages in the vicinity of the town of Korčula, by bike or on foot. To visit more distant locations, rent a car from local Travel agencies, especially outside the main season. A possible option is to use the local bus line.
The road in the direction of Vela Luka will take you to Smokvica and Blato. Čara is not the only location where pošip is planted. This autochthonous grape variety is also cultivated in Smokvica. Numerous wineries offer wine tasting in autochthonous surroundings. Don’t miss out on the parish church and the Collection of Gold and Silver.
The picturesque town of Blato, perched on several hills, boasts the second longest linden tree avenue in Europe. Worth visiting are the parish church and the Blato Cultural Centre that features the exhibition of findings from the notable archaeological site of Kopila as well as the works of contemporary island academic artists in Nataša Cetinić Gallery.
When in Blato, treat yourself to the most famous traditional dessert of this town called lumblija. If you are planning to extend your stay, consider visiting the Ethno Collection Barilo, the sanctuary of Blessed Marija of Crucified Jesus Petković. The grid of hiking and cycling routes spread from Blato towards bays on the south and the north side of the island.
Visit the archaeological site of Vela Spila located above the town of Vela Luka, which is one of the most significant archaeological sites of this type on the Mediterranean. The Vela Luka Cultural Centre with its collections is a must-visit! Also, you can participate in making of the mosaics in the former packaging factory that will be built into the promenade of Vela Luka. A landscape of vast olive groves will leave cycling and hiking enthusiasts breathless.
The island of Korčula is an ideal place for active holiday all year round. If you are into the circular hiking route, cycling, diving, sailing and other sports activities, the island offers carefully tailored excursion programmes. Adventure seekers can choose between surfing, kitesurfing, climbing or kayaking. For beginners we recommend diving and surfing schools and the local experts have prepared tailor-made tours providing a glimpse into the traditions and the authentic lifestyle of the locals.
The island of Korčula is a must-visit destination for all foodies! Participate in workshops for making traditional makaruni pasta and authentic desserts. Find time to learn about carefully nurtured island traditions.