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Korcula Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. Although fairly small (it’s less than 30 miles long and 5 miles across) there are an incredible number of things to do in Korcula. Home to ancient sites, stunning coastline, local wineries and (supposedly) the birthplace of Marco Polo, it’s easy to understand why so many tourists choose to visit Korcula.
The island was so appealing to us that we visited Korcula on our first trip to Croatia in 2011. On that Korcula trip, we didn’t stray from the historic Old Town. Since then, however, we have discovered that there are so many more things to do on Korcula Island.
What To Do on Korcula Island: Old Town Korcula, Lumbarda, Vela Luka
Many tourists visit the island to only see the Korcula Old City – it ranks as one of the top Croatian destinations. Although we agree that the Old Town is a Korcula must-see, there are other island destinations that shouldn’t be missed. Visiting the towns of Lumbarda and Vela Luka are also top Korcula Island things to do.
Often, visitors only find out what to do in Korcula Town – and completely miss the rest of the island. In this guide, we cover the top things to do on Korcula Island.
We include detailed tips, links to more information, a helpful Korcula map of attractions and essential travel info – like how to get there and where to stay. Whether you have one day in Korcula or one week, you can use our guide to help plan your trip.
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Korcula Town, Croatia
Korcula Town is the island’s most visited destination. The ancient city is perched on a small peninsula and wrapped in defensive stone walls. The town’s pedestrian-only streets were designed like a fishbone; the main thoroughfare runs through the center with angled side streets branching off each side. The layout was thoughtfully planned to welcome the summer breeze and limit the winter wind.
Things To Do in Korcula Town
Many Korcula sights are located within the confines of the historic Old Town. Because of their close proximity, the top attractions can be covered in a few hours. Visitors on a day trip from Split will have plenty of time to discover the sights.
What To See in Korcula Old Town
The entire fortified Old Town is a sight! The narrow cobblestone lanes are lined with opulent architecture. We recommend simply wandering through the historic center and taking it all in. That said, make sure your self-guided Korcula walking tour includes the top Korcula highlights.
Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata): On the south side of the city, a wide stone staircase leads up to the grand Land Gate and 15th century Revelin Tower.
St. Mark’s Cathedral: The Gothic and Renaissance church was built from the 14th to 16th centuries and is dedicated to the patron saint of Korcula.
Marco Polo House: It is believed (but disputed) that Marco Polo – one of the world’s most famous explorers – was born in Korcula in the year 1254. The Marco Polo Korcula Museum tells the story of his life.
Top Tip: The Old Town is congested with tourists during the day in the peak season. For visitors who stay in Korcula Town overnight, we recommend getting up bright and early to enjoy a blissfully peaceful walk through the city center at dawn.
Korcula Attractions Outside the Walls
Outside the city walls, a walkway encircles the town. In addition to the sensational sea views, many of the best restaurants in Korcula Old Town are found along the eastern wall. Next to the City Gate, in the Rotonda, is the local Korcula Market, where vendors sell in-season produce.
To the west of town, a path follows the coastline of the bay. On the western side of the bay – across from the Old Town – is the Dominican Monastery, St. Nicholas Church and Convent. From the shoreline, look back toward the Old Town for the absolute best view of Korcula. (This is one of our favorite spots for a picnic lunch and bottle of Croatian wine!)
The Moreska Sword Dance in Korčula Town
The Korcula Sword Dance – called Moreska – is a traditional theatrical performance that dates to the 12th century. During the summer months, Korcula visitors can watch the Sword Dance on an outdoor stage (although tickets are required and can be purchased at the tourist office).
The show tells the story of the battle over a princess. Korčula Island is the only place in the Mediterranean that honors the tradition of Moreska.
One of the best things to do in Korcula Town is to make use of the paths and explore nearby sights.
Forteca Svetog Vlaha: Take a short walk to the British Fort just south of town. From the path you can get stellar views of the Old Town.
St. Antun Church: About a half-hour hike from town, make the trek up St. Anthony’s Hill to the St. Antun Church. The church is reached via a staircase of 102 steps through a Cypress forest. Hikers are rewarded with sweeping views from the hilltop.
Best Beaches Korcula Town
Looking for Korcula Town beaches to soak up the sun or cool off with a swim? There are a few (non-sandy) beaches in Korcula Town where visitors can cool off in the refreshing Adriatic Sea.
Ispod Duvana Beach, near the Dominican Monastery, is the most popular Korcula Town beach. Other swimming spots are Luka Korculanska Beach, Beach Zakerjan and Banje Beach.
Pro Tip: Visitors seeking sandy beaches on the Croatian Island of Korcula can find them in Lombarda – which we feature in the next section.
Although the city is small, there is a plethora of Korcula Town restaurants. Seafood is heavily favored as the local cuisine, but there is a strong Italian influence, too. As we already mentioned, many of the highly-rated restaurants in Korcula are located along the eastern wall with sea-view seating. Read reviews for top Korcula, Croatia restaurants on TripAdvisor.
Our Recommendation of Where To Eat in Korcula
Although it is difficult to pass up the sea view restaurants, visitors who want an authentic local meal should make the effort to go to Pinjac Pub in the nearby village of Zrnovo.
The family-run restaurant serves traditional fare (try the island’s famous Zrnovksa Makaruni pasta!), locally produced wine and their own homemade beer from their on-site brewery (the only brewery on the island!). Not only do they offer delicious feasts at fair prices, they are also an incredibly friendly family. Read reviews!
To get to Pinjac Pub and Brewery, we took a taxi from Korcula Town. It’s also possible to walk from the Old Town (which we would have done, had it not been raining) – it should take about an hour.
When the sun sets, you’ll likely be wondering what to do in Korcula, Croatia at night. While not known as a party destination (like Hvar Town on Hvar Island), there are a few places that constitute Korcula nightlife. A popular spot with DJs and dancing (complete with stripper poles) is Dos Locos No. 1. When we stopped in Korcula Town during our week-long Croatia Island Hopping Cruise, a group from our boat danced the night away at Dos Locos.
Korcula Bars We Recommend
While dancing all night at clubs can be fun, we usually prefer a more laid-back vibe…and Korcula has numerous establishments for a chilled out cocktail or local glass of wine.
Cocktail Bar Massimo
Although a bit of a novelty bar, its location can’t be beat! Located on the top of a 15th century tower on the northern tip of the peninsula, Massimo is the most unique bar in Korcula.
To get inside, guests climb a ladder up to the turret. Drinks, which are priced to match the view, are delivered via pulley from the downstairs bar. The views are simply outstanding – and having a drink at Massimo for sunset is one of the top Korcula things to do!
Bokar Wine Bar
In our opinion, drinking local wine is one of the essential Korcula activities! The intimate Bokar Wine Bar is an unpretentious place to sample wine from the island and Dalmatian region.
The small space can only accommodate about 12 people, but grab a spot outside (on the steps if necessary!). The superb wait staff are knowledgeable and friendly – and always ready to offer insight on the different wine offerings.
The quaint seaside village of Lumbarda is just 3.5 miles south of the Korcula Old Town. Inhabited since ancient times, Lumbarda is a small community of fisherman and farmers.
During the 16th century, many wealthy families from Korcula Town built summer residences in Lumbarda. Today, the village is again seeing a boost in tourism due to it’s sandy shoreline and local wine, Grk. Spending a leisurely day in Lumbarda is one of the top Korcula Island things to do.
Lumbarda, Korcula Beaches
Unlike the rest of Croatia’s rocky coastline, in Lumbarda, the beaches are actually sandy. In fact, there are four sandy beaches in Lumbarda where beach goers can enjoy a soft shoreline rather than a rocky edge.
Beach Vela Przina, along the south coast, is regularly rated as one of the best beaches in Korcula. Other Lumbarda Korcula Island beaches that are sandy are Beach Bilin Zal, Beach Tatinja and Beach Prvi Zal.
Although not sandy, Lenga Beach is a local favorite and a bit of a hidden gem (it’s also one of the best Korcula beaches that is FKK, a.k.a. nude).
Grk Wine Tasting Korcula
As we already mentioned, drinking wine is one of the best things to do in Korcula, Croatia…and when in Lumbarda, tasting Grk wine is a must!
The only place the white Grk Bijeli wine variety is grown in the world is in Lumbarda. The Grk vine only produces female flowers, so it is often cross-pollinated with Plavac Mali (another famous Croatian wine-making grape).
Grk Wineries Korcula
There are several wineries in Lumbarda where visitors can get a taste of the local Grk wine straight from the source. Vineyards cover the land just inland from the sandy shoreline. Popular Korcula wineries in Lumbarda that offer tastings are Winery Grk, Popic Winery, Bire Winery and Lovric Winery.
Top Tip: At restaurants in Lumbarda, Grk wine is usually offered by the glass or bottle – but is rarely found in grocery stores.
Being a small village, exploring Lumbarda on foot is a pleasant way to discover the town. A coastal path follows the shoreline in both directions from the town center; we particularly liked the path to the north.
Narrow lanes weave through the Old Town center to Sveti Rok Church, a charming church on the top of a small hill.
How To Get to Lumbarda from Korcula Old Town
Lumbarda can be reached by taxi, bus or by walking. Get details at the Korcula Tourist Information Office.
Vela Luka, Croatia
Vela Luka, which translates to Big Port, is located on the western end of Korcula (the opposite end from Lumbarda). Although Vela Luka often gets a pass from tourists in favor of captivating Korcula Town, we think it can offer a lot to visitors (especially if you’re trying to avoid crowds).
Vela Splia Cave
Vela Spila – or The Great Cave – is one of the most interesting Korcula attractions. Artifacts found inside the prehistoric cave prove that it was used as a dwelling more than 20,000 years ago. The cave is just a 20-minute uphill walk from the port (make sure to pause and take in the gorgeous views of the bay along the way!).
To get to the cave, just follow the baby-blue cave markers up the side of Pinski Rat Mountain right to the cave entrance. A small fee is collected to enter the cave, which has a few explanatory signs in English. The ticket seller also has a book with photos of some of the cave discoveries.
Top Tip: The trail continues beyond the cave and wraps around the backside of the mountain to small villages. We spent about an hour taking different trails and working our way back down to the center of Vela Luka.
Hum Hill Korcula Hike
On the south side of the deep bay, Hum Hill rises over the town and sea. The Forteca – a 19th century Austro-Hungarian fortress – sits atop the hill. The fort is free to enter and provides an outstanding viewpoint. (We, unfortunately, did not make it to the top as we were running out of day light!)
To access the fort, a well-maintained 3-mile trail leads up the mountainside. The trailhead is found along the coastline, but to get there, trekkers need to walk inland around the old shipyard. For more information about the Hum Hill Korcula hike, use this link.
Northern Coastline Walk
On the north side of the port, a coastal path follows the shoreline past small beaches and secluded coves. After a brief trek through a forest, the path leads to the “Kissing Point” viewpoint, which is spectacular at sunset!
Vela Luka Sights
We were drawn to the viewpoint hikes and shoreline walks, but the Vela Luka city center has a few attractions worth checking out, too!
Churches: Located in the heart of the town is the 19th century St. Joseph Church and bell tower. Along the southern coastline, visitors will find the Church of Our Lady of Good Health. The small church was built in the late 1800s after an outbreak of The Plague; behind the church is a small garden and statue.
Mosaic Tile Artwork: In 1968, Vela Luka hosted an international artist event called Artist’s Meeting of Painters. The attending artists were charged with creating mosaic tile work that was implemented in the sidewalks around the city center…where they still can be seen today.
Center for Culture: Utilizing a 19th century schoolhouse, the Center for Culture houses a small museum (featuring the findings from the cave) and hosts local events.
Jerolim Oil Products: Specializing in locally produced organic olive oil products, Jerolim was founded by a local couple.
Nearby Dalmatian Islands
There are two very tiny and easily accessible Croatian islands from the Vela Luka port. These islands are reached via boat (or taxi boat). In our shoulder-season visit, there were no taxi boats running to the island…but we look forward to checking out these two islands on a return trip.
Osjak Island, an uninhabited island, sits in the center of the harbor. Visitors go to explore the hiking trails and hidden coves. It takes 15 minutes by taxi boat to reach the island.
Proizd Island sits at the opening of the bay and is a 40-minute trip from the port. Surrounded by dazzling blue water, visitors go to swim in the sea and soak in the sun on the nearly deserted island (there is one restaurant during peak summer season).
More Ideas of What To Do in Korcula
The things to see in Korcula that we outlined above can easily fill 2 to 3 days on Korcula Island. That said, guests staying on the island for a few days or more may want to add a Korcula day trip to their itinerary.
Excursions from Korcula
Most of the day trips from Korcula involve water activities, but there are a few on-land adventures as well!
Wine Tour in Korcula
Spend a day sipping and swirling local wine at 3 family-run wineries on the Island of Korcula, Croatia with a knowledgeable driver. On the tour, participants get to taste the flavors of the island and enjoy other homemade products, as well! Book it here!
Kayaking in Korcula is a popular activity that allows visitors to explore the Korcula Archipelago at water level. With a Korcula kayak rental, guests can explore nearby islands and coves that are only reachable by water. Guests can join a tour that includes sea kayaking, swimming and Korcula snorkeling. Get the details!
Korcula Kayak History Tour
On this highly rated, half-day kayaking tour, small groups are led by a local guide to offshore islands to explore, swim, learn and taste the local products. Find out more!
Evening Korcula Boat Trips
Spend the evening aboard a luxury yacht for a night of wine and local fare. Set sail from Korcula Town and stop at Lumbarda for a wine tasting, then cruise back to the Old Town and feast on a 4-course traditional meal. Learn more here!
Private Buggy Tour Korcula
Get off the beaten path and discover a side of Korcula rarely seen by most visitors. Explore the countryside by dune buggy and discover picturesque landscapes. Stop in Lumbarda for a wine tasting and snorkeling from the beach. Read the Reviews!
Korcula Bike Tour (with Wine Tasting!)
Looking for a more active adventure? Hop on a bicycle and pedal from Korcula Town to the Grk vineyards in Lumbarda! This tour includes a wine tasting and time to swim at a sandy beach. Book it now!
Korcula Travel Tips
Now that you know all of the best Korcula, Coratia things to do, we have just a few more tips for your trip planning!
Planning a Trip to Korcula, Croatia
Our above tips can help you plan what to see on Korcula Island, Croatia. However, for our best tips on visiting the country, use our Guide to Planning a Croatia Vacation.
As you plan your trip, you will want to stay organized – and our printable Travel Planner can help! The 26-page digital download has organizational templates that will keep you on top of all the pertinent travel details!
Korcula, Croatia Weather
The weather in Korcula is a Mediterranean climate, where winters are mild with a little rain and summers are warm and dry. Average summer high temps are in the mid-80s and January is the coolest month, with average high temperatures reaching the low 50s.
Choosing Between Korcula or Hvar
Many vacationing Croatia tourists are limited on time and can only fit one island destination into their trip. The most common choice is to visit either Hvar or Korcula. We think that is a pretty tough call – and really encourage travelers to see both islands!
However, if it has to be one of the other, we think the decision should be based interests. Travelers who are interested in history and wine should visit Korcula Island. People who are interested in hiking, sailing and nightlife might want to check out Hvar instead.
Where To Stay on Korcula Island: Old Town, Lumbarda or Vela Luka
We have stayed in both Korcula Town and in Vela Luka (but only aboard a boat during our Island Hopping Adriatic Sea Cruise). We liked staying in both locations – and are pretty sure we would enjoy staying in Lumbarda, too! Choosing where to stay in Korcula Island really depends on what is on your list of Korcula things to do.
That said, the island is fairly small and easy to get around (the longest distance is between Lumbarda and Vela Luka, which are roughly 30 miles apart). There are many places to stay in Korcula; all three towns have numerous hotels, many which have sea views.
Accommodation on Korcula Island
Visitors have a range of options when it comes to finding accommodations – there are luxury hotels and camping sites…and everything in between.
Hotels in Korcula, Croatia
Check out these highly-rated hotels for your trip! But, before starting your search for places to stay in Korcula, Croatia, use our tips on Finding the Best Hotels.
Korcula Town Hotels
Aminess Korcula Heritage Hotel: We stayed in the prominently located Hotel Korcula during our first trip to the island – and we absolutely loved it! The completely remodeled (and rebranded), sea-facing hotel features rooms with views that are ideal for sunsets and watching the boats come and go. We highly recommend staying here if you decide to spend the night in Korcula Town – it’s also rated by fellow travelers as one of the best hotels in Korcula! Read the rave reviews!
Hotel Marko Polo Korcula: Located south of the walled Old Town, Hotel Marko Polo has two pools, views overlooking the sea and Old Town and a highly-rated breakfast. Check availability!
Hotel Borik: Built as a summer palace, Hotel Borik is just steps from the beach and centrally located in the village. Additionally, there is an on-site pool and restaurant. Check out the photos!
Heritage Hotel Lumbarda: Featuring sea view rooms, a pool and buffet breakfast, Hotel Lumbarda is located right across the street from the harbor. See if it’s available!
Vela Luka Hotels
Hotel Korkyra: Well-positioned in the heart of town, the elegant Hotel Korkyra has an outdoor pool, a wellness center and an included breakfast. Check the price!
Hotel Villa Telenta: Nestled along the northern shoreline of the deep bay, Hotel Villa Telenta has a quiet location near the beach. Check availability!
When searching for the best hotels in Korcula, start your search on Booking.com – like we do!
Airbnb Korcula, Croatia
Guests who would rather stay in an apartment in Korcula have many options. We often prefer staying in apartments because they tend to have more space and a kitchen where we can prepare our own breakfasts. The majority of Airbnb rentals on Korcula are in the Old Town.
There are quite a few campgrounds on Korcula Island. Port 9 Camping offers a variety of camping options, including mobile homes and campsites. Find out more!
How To Get to Korcula Island
Being an island – without an airport – the only way to get to Korcula is via boat. Ferries and catamarans to Korcula dock in Korcula Town and Vela Luka (but not Lumbarda). There are, however, marinas in all three towns, where yachts can dock.
Getting to Korcula by Ferry
There are two Korcula ferry companies: Jadrolinija and Krilo. The schedules vary by season and by day. Ferries to Korcula depart from Split, Dubrovnik and Orebic (and stop at other islands along the way).
When booking a ferry to Korcula, pay close attention to departure and arrival times, as well as days of week. Tickets for both ferries can be purchased online or at the port. In the peak summer season, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
Ferry from Split to Korcula
Visitors traveling from Split to Korcula have a few options when it comes to ferry boats. Jadrolinija runs a catamaran between Split and Dubrovnik and docks in Korcula Town (summer season – June to September – typically). Jadrolinija also runs Car Ferry lines from Split to Vela Luka.
The tourist ferry company, Krilo, also runs two lines to Korcula Town, but only one line runs year-round.
Ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula
Day Trip to Korcula Town
Visitors who want to take a Day Trip to Korcula Town can use the ferries, but it is only possible in the high season.
Day Trip from Split to Korcula
If taking a day trip from Split to Korcula, use the Krilo Ferry. Two catamarans depart from the Split Port in the morning (one goes via Makarska and the other via Hvar Town) at 7:30 or 7:40am and both arrive to Korcula Town just after 10:00am. On the return trip, boats depart Korcula at 5:55pm and 6:35pm and arrive back in Split just before 9pm.
Looking for other Split Day Trips? Use our complete guide to the Best Day Trips from Split!
Day Trip from Dubrovnik to Korcula
If taking a day trip from Dubrovnik to Korcula, use the Jadrolinija catamaran. The Jadrolinija departs Dubrovnik at 7:00am and arrives to Korcula at 9:00am; the return catamaran from Korcula to Dubrovnik departs Korcula at 7:25pm and arrives back in Dubrovnik at 9:25pm.
Korcula, Croatia Map
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