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Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Korčula Island


Are you already dreaming of a summer vacation, of leaving all your worries at home and travelling somewhere where you will spend your days on beautiful beaches under the warm sun?

No worries, Croatia has a long list of places to choose from - each more magical than the previous one. However, one of the most beautiful spots you can visit is definitely Korčula. The island might just be the perfect place to hide from the crowds and disconnect from your everyday life. Read on and find out everything you need to know before visiting Korčula island - how to get there, where to stay, what to do and, most importantly, where the most beautiful beaches are.

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Getting To Korčula Island

It’s important to know that there are no airports on the island - the nearest ones are in Split and Dubrovnik. From there, you can take any available means of public transport to reach Korčula. From Dubrovnik, you can take a catamaran or a bus, since they travel to the city of Korčula all year round. From Split, on the other hand, there are options of a catamaran or ferry to Vela Luka or a catamaran to the city of Korčula. Check the detailed schedule of ferry and catamaran rides from Split, Dubrovnik and neighbouring islands to Korčula.

Once you’re on the island, you can get around by buses because they connect all the main villages and towns. See the Korčula public buses schedule here. The alternatives are local taxies and water taxies, as well as car rental, scooters, or cycling.

Accommodation on Korčula Island

If your dream vacation on the Island of Korčula includes being surrounded by pristine nature and, at the same time, enjoying some of the top facilities, Port9 Holiday Homes by Aminess will be a great place to choose. It will take your holiday to a whole new dimension and you will love planning unforgettable island experiences and adventures from there. Also, there is Aminess Port9 Residence, which is perfect for a relaxing family holiday, and the Aminess Port9 Hotel with spectacular views for memorable holiday moments.

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Korčula Wine Tours

There are some fantastic organised wine tours on the Island of Korčula. One of the best and most convenient options is the GoAdria wine tour, since it includes a drive to and from locations in a panoramic vehicle. On this tour, you will be able to really soak up the beauties of Korčula and the breathtaking views of fields and vineyards as you drive along the picturesque road that leads to Pupnatska luka, the most beautiful bay on the whole island. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to a couple of family wineries and a wine bar located in the heart of the old town of Korčula. The tour ends in the incredible Chakula restaurant, where you will have the opportunity to taste traditional dishes.

If this isn’t what you’re looking for, you can always organise your own wine or olive oil tour. The key places to visit in this case are Korčula, Vela Luka, Lumbarda, Blato and Smokvica. In each of these places there are numerous wineries where you can try the local wine, olive oil and other local delicacies. Some of our recommendations are Winery Tasovac, Winery Nerica and Winery Šain Marelić, Winery Toreta, Winery Barbazza and Winery Milina, Winery Blato, Winery Zure and Winery Bačić Winery Renci Milina – Lovrić, to name just a few. Also, you can check out other available excursions on the Island of Korčula. We’re sure you’ll find something to your taste, since there is something for everyone.

Museums & Galleries To Visit

There is a fair number of museums and galleries to visit while you’re staying on the Island of Korčula. Below, you can find a few of them that are located in Korčula Town, Vela Luka and Blato.

In the town of Korčula, you can visit the Korčula Town Museum and St. Mark’s Cathedral. There is also the Bishop’s Treasury and gorgeous views from the bell tower of the cathedral. These will surely amaze you. The City Library, which is a cultural and information centre of the town, is also a great location to visit.

Vela Luka
Vela Luka is an amazing archaeological site, so our first recommendation would be to visit the cave Vela Spila. While it's technically not a museum, it’s really worth the visit, since it is one of the most important prehistoric archaeological localities, not just in Croatia, but in Europe. Impressive archeological collection can also be seen in Vela Luka Cultural Centre, which includes the archaeological findings of Vela Spila, among other things.

Did you know that the world’s longest mosaic is also located in Vela Luka? Residents and visitors from all over the world continuously create hundreds of mosaics in a workshop held by the Luka Mozaika project. They have been building a stone ode to the beauty of creativity, diversity and community. If you wish to leave your mark on Vela Luka, you can install your piece of mosaic and become a part of the longest mosaic in the world.

Visit Blato Cultural Centre and get to know a part of Blato’s rich history and heritage. In Blato you can also find the Etno House Barilo, which is a museum in a house that is about ordinary people created by ordinary people. The owners will guide you through the house, which is filled with objects from the past. In the end, you can taste some traditional homemade snacks and drinks and buy authentic handcrafted souvenirs.

After that we recommend a walk through Blato. The town's romantic secret little streets will lead you to the Sanctuary of The Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified Petković, who founded the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters Daughters of Mercy and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

Some Of The Most Beautiful Beaches On Korčula Island

The coast of Korčula is mostly steep and rocky, especially the south overlooking the open sea. However, it is 182 km long, so it hides a large number of very beautiful bays and beaches. Most of the beaches on Korčula Island are pebble beaches, but you can find sandy ones, too.

Here’s a list of hidden islands and beaches you have to visit when you visit Korčula!

Traditional Events That Happen Every Year

If you would like to see and experience something that is part of the tradition of Korčula, we suggest you visit and (if you can) take part in some of the island’s famous events:

Korčula Sword Dance Festival
The Island of Korčula is known for its sword dances and almost every island settlement boasts a unique version of the chain dance with swords. However, only Korčula can boast of Moreška, a romantic battle dance with swords that originated in the 12th century. This famous swordsmanship dance with dramatic elements was once spread throughout the Mediterranean, but today you can see it only in Korčula, where it has been performed for more than 350 years.

Korčula Triathlon Marco Polo Challenge
The Marco Polo Challenge is a charity sport event that attracts participants from all over the world. They go to the Island of Korčula to compete in swimming, cycling and running. It includes a sprint triathlon and a middle distance triathlon which includes 1,9 km of swimming, 90 km of biking and 21 km of running. The finish line is located in the historic centre of the Korčula Town.

Korkyra Baroque Festival in Korčula
This festival is held every year in September and its goal is to promote local and international music and cultural heritage. The Korkyra Baroque Festival features some of Europe's top performers, but what makes it particularly special are concerts that take place in Korčula’s historic churches.

This is just a small part of what awaits you on the incredible Island of Korčula. You will definitely enjoy the island if you choose to have an adventurous holiday or a relaxing and easy-going one. Find more information on what to do while on the Island of Korčula here. Also, for unforgettable luxurious accommodation, check out Aminess Port9 Residence, hotel or holiday homes!

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