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Korčula

Korčula  is one of the greenest Croatian islands. Its hilly surface is covered by black pine trees, pineas and holly so it is not surprising that the first settlers, the Greek called it black island (Korkyra Melaina). The inhabitants made their living on ship building, fruit, grape and olive growing and stone carving for long centuries. The town of Korčula was granted town rank in 1214.  The island unlike Brač and Hvar did not belong to Venice but to the Republic of Ragusa.

The administrative centre of the island is the town of Korčula. It lies only 3 km from the ferry port. According to a legend, the Trojan hero, Antenor founded it in the 4th century AD. 

Getting here & around

By car
Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Ploče (road 425) - Ploče (road 8) - Neum, border crossing (8) - Ston (road 414) - Orebić, ferry port.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb –  Karamatići   222 Kn

When driving from Dubrovnik, turn left after Slano. From Orebić (Pelješac peninsula) ferries run to Dominče (Korčula).

From the ferry slip Obala korčulanskih brodograditelja leads to the old town of Korčula. You can park on Obala Vinka Paletina or on the other side, in Put Sv. Nikole. The town market and the travel agencies  are on Trg kralja Tomislava. From here walk through the Land gate to get to the old town. The Sea gate (Morska vrata) opens at Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana.

By bus

Dubrovnik - Orebić (2 buses daily)            83 Kn

Split - Orebić (the bus leaves at 1 a.m.)    114 Kn

Vela Luka - Korčula (7 buses daily)           39 Kn


By ferry and boat

Ploće - Trpanj (June - September, 7 ferries daily)
Orebić - Korčula (Dominče) (June - September the ferry turns in every half an hour)

Korčula is connected to Dubrovnik and Split by boat (no cars). The boats from Split stop at Hvar island, too.

Ferry and boat prices

Tourist information

Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 4.
Tel: +385 20 715 701
e-mail: info@visitkorcula.eu

The tourist office is located in the building of the Loggia (Loža). 

Working hours: in the summer daily 8.00-15.00 and 17.00-19.00

Town Museum

Trg Sv. Marka

Opening hours: Oct - Mar 10.00-13.00, Apr - Jun 10.00-14.00, Jul - Sep 9.00-21.00

Admission charge: 20 Kn (children 6 Kn)

The Town Museum is in the beautiful Gabrielis Palace. Its exhibition gives an insight into Korčula's rich history and traditions.
 

The Rector’s Palace

Trg Antuna i Stjepana Radića

Walk under the Land Gate to get within the walls of the old town. Behind the gate, in the middle of Trg Antuna i Stjepana Radića square an Ionic column stands. During the Venetian rule the lion of Venice rested on its top.

On the left, the Renaissance Rector's Palace serves as the town hall today. The Church of St. Michael was built as the merchants' church. Its facade is decorated with a Madonna statue in a shell-shape niche.
 

St. Mark's Cathedral

Trg Sv. Marka

The cathedral was built in the 15th century and the construction lasted for a long time as a result it is a mixture of several architectural styles: Romanesque meets Renaissance and late Gothic here. Its facade is richly decorated with lions, deformed figures, an elephant and the figure of St. Mark. On the main altar a Tintoretto painting can be seen.

The Museum of Sacral arts is set in the neighbouring Bishop's palace. Besides the treasures of the cathedral the collection comprises the donation of Korčula noblemen. Paintings of Dalmatian masters, ancient books, a 6th-century Byzantine cross are on display here.

Church Gospojina

Trg Sv. Marka

The floor of this 14th-century Gothic and Renaissance church is covered with the tombstones of Korčula's notables including Antun Rozanović, a brave soldier who successfully defended the town from the Turkish Uluz Ali in 1571. The walls of the church are adorned with flags of old noble families.

St. Peter's church

Pred Sv. Petrom

The oldest church in Korčula. Located just a stone's throw from the cathedral, it has a 15th-century relief of St. Peter made by a Milanese master, Bonino.

House of Marco Polo

Ulica Depolo

Admission charge: 60 Kn

From the cathedral Ulica Sv. Roka leads to the birthplace of the famous traveller, Marco Polo. The merchant was one of the first Europeans who travelled on the Silk road from the Middle East to China. He summarized his experiences in his book that he wrote in the Genovese prison. The writings were published by his cell mate under the title "Marco Polo's Travels'.

Church of All Saints

Kaporova ulica

The 13th-century Church of All Saints is situated on Trg Svih Svetih. Here paintings of Dalmatian masters adorn the walls. The Pieta behind the main altar was made by the Austrian Raffael Donner. The neighbouring Icon Museum exhibits icons from the 13-15th century, many of them used to be war-booty.


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