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Korčula guide

Korčula

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The town of Korčula is situated on the eastern end of island of Korčula, facing the Pelješac peninsula. There are several ways to get there. One of them is by ferry from Split to Vela Luka, followed by a thirty-minute car ride along the excellent road across the island.

Somewhat more complicated, but cheaper way is to take a ferry from Ploče to Trpanj on Pelješac, then go by car from Trpanj to Orebić, and then again by ferry from Orebić to Dominče on Korčula, which is a five-minute car ride from town of Korčula.

You can also take a local ferry from Drvenik directly to Dominče. If you are not arriving by car, catamaran transport is significantly faster and cheaper.


The beach


In a place called Lumbarda, about 6 km from Korčula, some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are situated. There first one is Pržina beach, which is reached through thick greenery of vineyards and high cane. Parking lot is located at the beach, and the fee is 20 KN per day. As far as the beach is concerned, fine sand and clear sea are simply fantastic. The beach has a tender slope and it is ideal for kids and shallow water games. Deck chairs and parasol rental prices are very accessible. There is also massage center and sand volleyball court. Above the beach there is a bar here guests can find refreshments.

The other beach in Lumbarda is called Bilin žal, and it can also be reached by car. This beach has more to offer and families with children will find this a place for a whole-day enjoyment. The beach has a catering facility with a toilet.

One of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Korčula is the Pupnatska luka, some 15 km from the town of Korčula, near the place called Pupnat. The beach is simply breathtaking and the sea quality is fantastic. Above the beach there is a konoba where you can find refreshment in case you get hungry or thirsty.


Sightseeing and attractions


The first mention of Korčula town dates back to the 10th ct., while date of its founding still remains unknown. The famous Korčula Town Statue, dating back to the 13th ct., is one of the earliest legal documents in this part of Europe. As early as the 15th ct. Milan nobleman Pietro Casola wrote that Korčula is “as bright and clean as a beautiful jewel”.

Medieval architecture of Korčula is interesting for its fishbone shaped plan, which protects the main street from the winds. The Old Town used to be completely surrounded by a high defensive wall with towers, and for a long time during the past it was connected to the mainland by a draw bridge. You can enter the Old Town through two gates; the Land gate to the south and the Sea gate to the west.

There are 9 churches within the town walls. St. Mark’s Cathedral, situated on the central square, is one of the most important buildings in Korčula. It was built from 13th to 16th ct. by the best builders from Korčula and Dubrovnik. Inside the cathedral, a great altarpiece painted by Venetian painter Tintoretto depicting St. Mark has a central place.

Right next to the cathedral there is a former Bishop’s palace, now called the Abbot’s palace, with its famous Abbot’s art collection. Across the Abbot’s palace you can see the most beautiful renaissance palace in town, the Gabriellis palace, built in the 15th ct. Today the Town museum is placed there, with the remains of old stonemason’s workshops in the ground floor.

In the center of the Old Town, to the north of St. Marks’ church, there is a house that belonged to the Polo family and which is believed to be the birthplace of the famous merchant, world traveler and itinerary writer Marco Polo.




Events


July

Marco Polo festival of music and wine

September

Korčula Baroque festival