Korcula Town Tourist Attractions
Korcula Town Tourist Attractions – Korcula is pronounced “kor-chula“. With population of about 3000 inhabitants, Korcula Town is the main town on the island. The main feature of the whole town is Korcula Old Town; a medieval walled town with it’s numerous buildings and monuments, towers, hotels, cafés, restaurants, galleries, open air cinema and many more. Korcula is very popular for tourists as central area from which they can explore the rest of the island and its surroundings. The town of Korcula is an administrative centre of the area as well. Check out also beaches in Korcula town.
Sightseeing in Korcula Town
A medieval-walled-city that positioned on a oval-shaped swelling of land pointing deep into Peljesac Channel, Korcula Old Town is the main attraction of Korcula Town. The Old Town is grooved with a succession of narrow streets which branch off the spine of the major street such as the fish bone. Fish bone shape was used in Korcula Old Town design to minimize effects of sun and wind as well as providing citizens with comfortable and sheltered accommodation. The architecture of the Old Town is largely influenced by Venetian Renaissance. The centre area of the Old Town is dominated by the amazing St Mark’s Cathedral constructed in the Gothic-Renaissance style. It was completed in 15th century by Marko Andrijic at the area of other church from 13th century.
According to a local legend that Marco Polo was born in Korcula Town. Marco Polo’s alleged birth house is worth visiting. Although its rather featureless interior, the tower of the houses (loggia) are allowing for a panoramic vista of Korcula that stretching from east to west. The house now is under the protection of the Korcula Town Hall. There are some plans for this house to be converted into the Museum of Marco Polo.
The Korcula Town Museum is also interesting place to visit as it offers insights to the history of Korcula. It displays Ancient Greece artifacts, Korculan stone carvings, Lumbarda Psephism, Renaissance Architectural Carvings, shipbuilding historical items, and Coats of Arms Exhibits etc.
The well known Moreska Sword Dance, a colorful, choreographed sword dance is also worth seeing at night. The historic town of Korcula is on UNESCO’s tentative list.
Getting to Korcula Town
Korcula Town is the area where the main coastal ferry lines which sails from Rijeka to Dubrovnik stops via Hvar and Split. Another way to reach Korcula Town from Split is by taking the catamaran passenger ferries which sails from Split via Hvar to the Town. The alternative option of reaching Korcula Town is via Vela Luka which is 50km west of Korcula Town. It is where car ferry from Split to Vela Luka and catamaran ferry sails everyday. In Vela Luka, all ferries are met by bus links to other areas on the island, including Korcula Town.
You can take the main coastal ferry lines which sails from Dubrovnik via Mljet to Rjeka to reach Korcula Town from Dubrovnik, stopping in Korcula Town or by catamaran ferry “Nona Ana” which sails from Dubrovnik to Korcula and stopping at Mljet.
A daily bus connection to Korcula Town from Dubrovnik is available as well. At 3 pm, the bus departs daily and runs along Peljesac Peninsula then arriving in Orebic where it joins 15-minute ferry ride to Korcula Town (Domince). There are regular buses to Korcula Town from Belgrade, Split, Mostar, Zagreb, and Sarajevo.