The island of Korčula is placed halfway between Split and Dubrovnik. It is positioned close to the mainland, in fact, mere 1270 meters separates Korčula from the Pelješač Peninsula. The narrow channel between the island and peninsula is a popular windsurfing spot. Korčula is also known as a “Little Dubrovnik”. The similarity with the world-famous Croatian destination comes from the old city of Korčula. The city of Korčula grew around the old town. The medieval walled old town on a tiny peninsula is truly irresistible. The narrow cobbled streets are full of unique cocktail bars with the greatest view and art galleries. The walk up the staircase to the bell tower of the St Mark’s Cathedral will provide you with a spectacular panoramic view. The marketplace under the stairs offers a great choice of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fish from the locals. On the other side, there is an impressive port, where yachts find their place for overnight stay. It is believed that in one of the stone houses inside the city walls the famous Marco Polo was born.
On the western side of the island, the great port is placed. Not that the port is inordinately big, it is just the meaning of the name – Vela Luka means the great harbor. The place is known for the long tradition of Klapa singing. Even nowadays men gather in the folk costumes and sing in the evenings in this a cappella manner.
On the eastern tip of the island, a small village of Lumbarda is placed. It is known for local wine-growers and fishermen. Though at the same time, it was a historically noble place. Lumbarda was the countryside residency for Korčulan bishops and nobility, the summer residence was built back in the 15th century.
A short trip with a kayak will bring you to tiny islets between Korčula Town and Lumbarda. The Škoji Island are known for fir trees. Definitely, the place to relax in the summer heat. On the other hand, Korčula is one of the best hiking and cycling destinations. Taking your way into the inside of the island will open numerous possibilities for local cuisine. The island is known for unique olive oil, which is with a good reason cold Korčula’s liquid gold. Žrnovski macaroni is a handmade pasta, which recipe dates back more than 400 years. The special pasta has even its own festival, held in the hometown of macaroni, the town of Žrnovo.