Korčula Tours is one of our most popular tours with our yachts. Korcula is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korčula. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds.
Korčula enchants the senses with its timeless beauty and casts an everlasting spell of wonder on those who tread upon its ancient stone.
The Moreška sword dance in Korčula town, as well as the sword dances of Kumpanija and Moštra in Čara, Pupnat and Žrnovo are as much rooted in the history and soul of the island, as are the brotherhoods with bind the community.
Immerse yourself in Korčula’s narrow walkways and discover adorned palaces and elegant houses; while in the evening, follow the fading light to reveal a glorious Adriatic sunset.
Korcula Town: This is where the ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula (and other Croatian Islands) arrives, and where the old town is located. The town is relatively small compared to the size of the entire island.
Korcula Island: Referring to the rest of the island mass. Honestly, Korcula Island is quite large so it could take multiple days of exploring to see it all.
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Birth house of legendary Marco Polo
Marco Polo, the first globetrotter and world's biggest explorer was born in the town of Korcula, in year 1254. The house of Marco Polo is located in the vicinity of the Cathedral of San Marco. He travelled the world for 24 years and after touring Central Asia, making a fortune at the court of Kublai Khan, returned as a commander of a fleet through the Strait of Hormuz. He was imprisoned by the Genoese, who defeated their rival Venice near the island of Korcula, spent time in jail, where he recounted his adventures to his cell mate, a certain Rustichello of Pisa who took good note of those talks and later he wrote "The Million Book". Marco Polo, who died 1324 after passing by the Grand Council of the Republic of Venice, was finally buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice, but those who bet on Korcula as the city of his birth argue that "Depolo" was and still is a common surname in the area of the town of Korcula, among many other proofs. In the town of Korcula, you can visit the birth house of Marco Polo and also the exhibition of Marco Polo where you can view details from his life and journeys.
Traditional sword dances of the island of Korcula
Given the rich and diverse history of the island of Korcula, this is an island and diverse cultural heritage. It is important to emphasize the rich folklore heritage of these islands, one of the richest in all the islands of the Mediterranean. For centuries, the local population preserved knight games in Vela Luka (Kumpanija), Blato (Kumpanija), Smokvica (Kumpanija), Cara (Kumpanija), Pupnat (Kumpanija), Zrnovo (Mostra) and the town of Korcula (Moreska). Moreska is a traditional romantic sword dance in which two sides fight for a girl, based on the roots of the traditional Mediterranean stories and legends. Kumpanija is a chain sword dance which has a lot richer dancing figures from other European chain dances. Preserved are also other popular folk dances and mixed female and male acapella vocal groups. Find out more about Korcula traditional customs.
Museums of the island of Korcula
The island of Korcula is renowned for its rich cultural, architectural and archeological heritage, which is well preserved to this day. In fact, the entire island of Korcula is reminiscent of an open-air museum, a reminder of old times which have passed long ago. There are several museums in the town of Korcula: Town Museum where you can learn a lot about the history of the town of Korcula with many interesting exhibits ranging from, Bishop's Treasury with many religious artifacts, Museum of Icons with rich collection of religious icons, Museum House of Marco Polo, Museum of Maximilian Vanka who was a renowned Croatian painter. In the town of Blato there is a rich private ethnological collection "Barilo", where you can get detailed insight into the life and customs of the island of Korcula in times passed long ago. In the town of Vela Luka on the westernmost tip of the island Korcula there is an ethnological museum with very interesting exhibits from the life of old fishermen, sailors, farmers and merchants.
Explore the rich gastronomy of the island Korcula
It is widely accepted that Mediterannean cuisine is very beneficial to health and longevity, and is amongst healthiest cuisines in the entire world. Fish and other seafood oil, organically grown vegetables and fruits, wine - all this you can find in abundance and variety throughout the island of Korcula. Like most of modern tourst destination, the island of Korcula is fool of small fast food venues, that offer pizzas, sandwiches and similar foodstuff. But, the island of Korcula also offers more and more slow food traditional restaurants and taverns, and slowly the island of Korcula is becoming one of the most recognisable islands in relation to local gastronomy on the Croatian Adriatic, which brings increasing number of gastro-tourists every year to the island Korcula. Korcula is also renowned for its wines, especially the region of Lumbarda, where he famous white wine "Grk" is grown and the region of Smokvica and Cara, in the interior of the island which offer also white wines "Posip" and "Rukatac". It is interesting to note that Korcula is renowned for white wines, even though Dalmatia is best known for red wines, mainly "Plavac Mali". Here you can find some additional information about the gastronomy of the island of Korc
Get to know the archipelago of Korcula
Experiencing the island of Korcula from the sea is a completely different experience. From the sea, dense forests of black Aleppo pine and cypress trees of this mountainous island open up to show its hidden coves, beaches, towns and villages like precious pearls. Surrounded by fascinating archipelago of small islands and islets, this part of Croatian coast is probably the most inviting for hobby seafarers, sailors and explorers. From the waters of Lumbarda, where there are "Skoji" islands, a group of 20 islets, across "Badija", "Vrnik" and "Stupe" just in front of the town of Korcula, and all the way to Vela Luka and it's islands "Proizd", "Osjak", "Prznjak" and "Trstenik" one can spend an entire holiday just exploring these small, beautiful, untouched islands and islets. And if you add to that visit to nearby islands of Prznjak and Trstenik one can spend an entire holiday just exploring these small, beautiful, untouched islands and islets. And if you add to that visit to nearby islands of Mljet, Hvar, peninsula Peljesac and the archipelago of Lastovo island, one can truly say that the island of Korcula is the place for renting a boat, either a small motor boat, a sailing boat or a speed boat.
Visit best beaches and enjoy the nature of the island Korcula
The best beaches in this green and rocky island hide in the south and lay bare the secret of its waters: Dalmatian stone background reflects sunlight so hard that sea becomes miraculously atoll-like with emerald and turquoise shades. Since island Korcula is rather rocky island, especially the south coast, there are not as many beaches as in some other regions of Dalmatia. There is a reasonable number of very beautiful beaches, and we think that this is better option, since large number of beaches attracts too many mass-tourists, which does not allow quality tourism to develop. Long streams of beaches are also monotonous from the view point of marine life, since fish and other sea life prefers rocky shores to develop. The are on the island of Korcula with best beaches is definitely the area of Lumbarda, where there are several pebble and sandy beaches. On the south side of the island one can find beautiful coves with pebble beaches, and on the north side of the island there are several sandy beaches. The are around Vela Luka on the western tip of the Korcula island is also abundant with nice beaches.
The town museum is located in Gabrielis Palace, which is an outstanding example of 15th and 16th c. residential architecture in the centre of the old town. The exhibits evoke the cultural and commercial milestones of Korčula from prehistory to the present. The collections explain traditional crafts; in particular, stonemasonry and shipbuilding which were of essential importance to Korcula. Among the most valuable exhibits are the bronze pendant of Tiziano Aspetti and an 1819 piano played by Beethoven's close friend, Edith Streicher. Household objects help to explain everyday life. The old kitchen in the attic makes for a memorable experience
Korčula’s developing urban identity is exemplified by a number of exhibits: a facsimile of a page from the Statute of the Town and the Island Korčula from 1214, artistic imagery of the town, the town standard, stamps, stone inscriptions, documents and coats of arms.
St. Mark's Cathedral is the most attractive Gothic and Renaissance building in the old town of Korčula. It was built by local stonemasons in the 14th, 15th and 16th c. with the support of Italian masters. The most famous local stonemason was Marko Andrijić whose masterpieces are in the upper part of the bell-tower and the ciborium above the high altar in the central nave, dedicated to St. Mark, the patron saint of Korčula. The Gothic and Romanesque main portal was built by the Italian master, Bonino da Milano. The southern lateral nave is dedicated to St. James, while the northern one is to St. John, with the adjacent St. Rocco chapel.
The altars are adorned with paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto and some other Italian masters. Notable Croatian sculptors: Frano Čučić, Ivan Meštrović, Ivan Kerdić, Frano Kršinić, Alojzije Lozica and Izvor Oreb.
HOUSE AND TOWER
HOUSE OF MARCO POLO
It is believed that the greatest traveller and explorer of all time, Marco Polo, was born in Korčula in 1254. On 07th September 1298, the great naval battle between the Genoese and the Venetian armadas took place in front of the town of Korčula. The Venetians were defeated and the Genoese imprisoned, among whom was Marco Polo, who was freed on payment of a large ransom in 1299. In a Genoese prison, Marco Polo dictated his experiences about his journey to China to Rustichelli. These journeys are described in the book “Il Milione”. Marko Polo died in Venice in 1324
Marco Polo tower Korčula
The family house of the Polos in Korčula has been preserved and the Depolo family remains the oldest Korčulan family.
Next to St. Mark’s Cathedral, there is a former bishop's court where the Abbey Treasury is now housed, established by Abbot Ivo Matijaca and the Croatian painter Ljubo Babić in 1954. The earlier bishop's court from the 14th and 15th centuries was reconstructed between 1860 and 1874. In this famous museum of religious art, there are many invaluable works by Venetian and Croatian artists. The most significant work is the polyptych "Our Lady With Child and Saints" from 1431 by the Dalmatian painter Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin (? -1450), the most significant name in Dalmatian Gothic art. He resided in Korčula from 1431 until 1435 creating paintings for Korčula churches and teaching drawing and painting. In the wall cabinets, there are numerous documents and books which speak about Korčula’s and Croatia’s distant past.
The most notable is the Korčula Codex from 1214. The splendid Gothic two-part window “bifora” is turned towards the interior of the hall in order for the visitor to enjoy the style and technique. Coins minted for Korkyra Melaina from the 4th century B.C. are in the numismatic collection cabinet and are of special interest.
The Church (and Brotherhood) of All Saints was built at the beginning of the 15th century in place of an older church (10th c/13th c.) The oldest Korčula brotherhood of All Saints or the Brotherhood of Good Death was founded there in 1301. Icons from the Greek island of Crete are exhibited in the Icon Collection. Korčula galleys took part in the war between Venice and the Turks for the island of Crete (Candia wars). The war ended with the defeat of Venice and the general evacuation of the Venetian garrison, administration and priests from the island.
These valuable icons were brought to Korčula by the returning galleys.
The Revelin Tower from 1485 protects the area between the Arsenal and the Land Gate Tower. The Arsenal of 1572 was built at a time when the importance of Korčula for the Venetian Republic was growing. In the 18th century, Venice wintered its fleet in Korčula. Above the entrance to the Land Gate, there are two symbols marking Korčula's history: a bas-relief with the winged lion of St. Mark, a symbol of the reign of the Venetian Republic and a stone tablet commemorating the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of the first Croatian king, Tomislav.