Like a mini-Dubrovnik, Korcula town (pronounced kor-chula) is a walled town on Korcula Island near some delightful beaches. Korcula Town offers one of Croatia's most romantic views and has become a top sight for cruise lines on their way to or from Dubrovnik. After visiting Korcula town, take a look at the rest of lush Korcula Island or take an excursion to Mljet. Beach buffs can easily hop a ferry to Orebic across the Peljeski Channel and stretch out on a wide, sandy beach or explore nearby Badija Island with its Franciscan monastery.
You can easily organise your own independent travel to Korcula.
Sightseeing in Korcula
Most of Korcula Town was built in the 15th century when local men were renowned throughout the Adriatic for their stone-carving skills. Fortunately they left some of the best of their work on the distinctive facades of the town buildings.
Admiring the architecture of the old town is a big attraction of Korcula, particularly the striking arrangement of walls and towers. Notice the coats of arms adorning the southern land gate and the 15th-century Large Governor's Tower and Small Governor's Tower.
The centre of town is dominated by the splendid St Mark's Cathedral. The Gothic-Renaissance style is superb and the interior features a Pietà by Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia's most famous sculptor.
The town museum is an interesting excursion into Korcula's history, particularly in its display of Korculan stonecarving and the Byzantine icons in the Icon Museum are worth a look.
Local legend has it that Marco Polo was born in Korcula Town (don't argue with a local on this point) and you can visit the new Marco Polo museum to commemorate his life. A series of tableaux and an audio track vividly evoke the great adventurer's adventures in China including his visit to the Mongol Palace of Kublai Khan. Although the entry fee is a steep 60Kn, Chinese visitors are admitted free of charge.
At night, don't miss the famous Moreska Sword Dance, a colorful spectacle of clashing swords and intricately choreographed dance.
Festivals and Events
The Korkyra Baroque Festival launched in 2012 and highlights music from the baroque period. An impressive line-up of local, national and international performers bring sweet sounds to a variety of venues in and around Korcula's squares and monuments. More.Hotels in Korcula are mostly big, sprawling resorts. Private accommodation in Korcula is an excellent option. If you stay out of town, you may be offered delicious home-cooked meals. Most owners will meet you at the ferry if you reserve in advance and may even pick you up in Vela Luka. Find out more about accommodation in Korcula Town and Korcula Island.
Tourist Information for Korcula
The Korcula tourist office (tel 20-715 701) is an efficient source of information on the west harbour near the Hotel Korcula.
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