Korcula island is a collection of natural and cultural heritage, but its jewel is undeniably the town of Korcula. According to a legend, Korcula was discovered and founded by the Greek hero Antenor, who escaped from Troy. Thus, the old town of Korcula is one of the best examples of fortified medieval town in the Mediterranean and is often called a ‘mini Dubrovnik’ by locals and its visitors.
How to get to Korcula
In October, the ferry to
Korcula from Dubrovnik goes at 4 pm and costs 120 Kuna = €16.13 = $19.93
Getting to Korcula is not a hard thing to do. There are a frequent passenger and car ferry sailing from Dubrovnik, Hvar, Brac, and Split for instance. As we started our Croatian trip from Dubrovnik, we had to take a ferry from there. However, it should be noted that during the mid-season or off-season the ferry lines are limited; the connection gets more common during summer and high season.
Top 7 Things to do in Korcula Old Town
If you are looking for a cultural experience rather than lounging the whole day on its beach, the town offers with many interesting sights, museums, narrow cobblestone streets and ancient buildings.
1Enter the town through a gate
The main entrance of the town is through a 17th-century staircase and a majestic 14th-century Revelin Tower. The town is surrounded by stone walls mostly from the 13th century.
2Visit the house and museum of Marco Polo
Korcula is home to the world’s greatest traveler of the 13th century, Marco Polo. Therefore, you can visit his house, museum and souvenir shops selling all kinds of items related to him.
The museum is surprisingly interesting that keeps both kids and adults entertained. You walk from room to room showcasing Marco Polo’s life. And with information boards, you can learn a lot about the famous traveler.
Fee: House – 20 Kuna = €2.69 = $3.32; Museum 60 Kuna = €8.06 = $9.97
3Explore Pjaceta Square
This is the main square of the Old Town. Here, you can admire the 15th century St. Mark’s Cathedral that was built from Korcula limestone by Italian and local masters. Inside, you can see the works of Tintoretto and modern work of famous Croatian sculptor.
4Enjoy a panoramic view
Go up the bell tower for fantastic views of the Adriatic Sea and red colored rooftops of the town. The staircase leading to the bell tower is so narrow that there’s a traffic light indicating if you should start to climb or not. Besides, its quite curvy, so be prepared to get a bit of nausea.
Fee: 20 Kuna = €3.36 = $4.15
5Watch a local dance
Korcula’s most famous tradition is the Moreska sword dance, a highly choreographed dance with real sabers that first appeared in Spain in the 13th century and spread throughout the Mediterranean.
6Take a semi-submarine tour (or maybe don’t)
Usually, I am skeptical of such tours, but Oto wanted to try and I said why not. Maybe we can see something interesting. I don’t know if it was a bad timing or it always happens like that, but we barely saw any fish, but we did see underwater plants if that helps 😀
Fee: 90 Kuna = €12.09 = $14.94
7Drink local famous wine GRK
One of the things to do in Korcula is to try wine, especially Grk. This grape variety is cultivated on the sandy soils of Lumbarda town on this island where it grows at its best.
Grk in Croatian means bitter, however, the wine is dry white and has a high acidity, with a bit of pine taste.
Korcula in photos