Korčula is an island in the Adriatic Sea, in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county of Croatia. The island has an area of 279 km2 — it is 46.8 km long and on average 7.8 km wide — and lies just off the Dalmatian coast. Its 16,182 (2001) inhabitants make it the second most populous Adriatic island after Krk.
The island of Korčula belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago, separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow strait of Pelješac, between 900 and 3,000 meters wide. It is the sixth largest Adriatic island with a rather indented coast. The island is largely covered with Mediterranean flora including extensive pine forests.
The island also includes the towns of Vela Luka and Blato and the coastal villages of Lumbarda and Račišće, and in the interior Žrnovo, Pupnat, Smokvica and Čara. The main road runs along the spine of the island connecting all settlements from Lumbarda on the eastern to Vela Luka on the western end, with the exception of Račišċe which is served by a separate road running along the northern coast. Ferries connect the city of Korčula with Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula and Drvenik on the mainland (near Makarska). Another line connects Vela Luka with Split and the island of Lastovo. Fast passenger catamarans connect those two ports with Split and the islands of Hvar and Lastovo. The main Adriatic ferry line connects Korčula with Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Rijeka and in summer there are direct ferries to Italian Adriatic ports. The island is divided into Korčula, Smokvica, Blato and Lumbarda municipalities.
Korčula is linked to the mainland by a regular ferry service that runs between Domince, just outside of Korčula Town, and Orebić. There are numerous other local ferry services including one linking Vela Luka and Lastovo. The main Croatian ferry operator Jadrolinija runs a service linking Korčula Town with Rijeka, Split, Hvar, Mljet and Dubrovnik.
There are also bus services that link the island to major cities on the mainland, which reach Korčula using the Orebić ferry service.
Korcula town also has mooring facilities. The western harbour affords shelter from wind though not against the ‘bora’ and north-westerlies, so owners are advised to shift to the eastern harbour or to Luka Cove. The port is open to international seaborne traffic as a permanent Port of Entry; it offers all types of repairs to hulls and engines at the Brodograditelj shipyard.
There are a bevy of activities to engage in Korcula. If you are the relaxed traveler looking for a quiet getaway, it's possible to soak up the sun on some of Croatia's most beautiful beaches. Be mindful that the beaches in Korcula are quite liberal, and most residents and tourists will be fully nude.
It is important to recognize that Croatia's beaches are quite rocky, so it is imperative to wear the correct footwear. The beaches on Korcula offer gorgeous views of the karstic coastal ranges. One can see the nearby coastal village of Orebic as well.
Just a twenty minute ferry ride away. Orebic is a picturesque coastal village with lovely beaches and fantastic views of the Adriatic. Ferries depart Korcula seven times per day between sunrise and mid-afternoon. On Orebic, tourists can sample local crafts and Adriatic cuisine. The restaurants offer a seafront atmosphere and the best Octopus salad you ever tasted!
For the Active Traveler
Korcula offers a few activities for those seeking a bit more action. In addition to two nightclubs, tourists can take part in the old island tradition of the Sword Dance, where actors stage a historical battle with eloquent choreography. Tourists can also visit what the town claims is the birthplace of famed explorer Marco Polo (although "Marco Polo's House" was built at least a century after he died!). Additionally, local shops offer bike rentals if you choose to explore the island proper.
There are planty of hotels in Korcula. From small butique hotels and villas to exclusive hotel resorts. Whether you're looking to rough it or relax in style, Korcula offers hotels for every taste, budget and personal interest.
Along with a resorts and a hotels, pleasant accommodation can be found in private accommodations, as well. Friendly landlords offer accommodation in comfortable bungalows, apartments and rooms with modern furnishings and conveniences along the whole coast of Korcula at the very sea coast or just a little further from it. The properties are surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation which is offering special atmosphere for a pleasant stay during the whole year. Bike trails passing by numerous historical remnants of Roman buildings and a rich gastronomic offer are only some of the attractions for summer holidays in Korcula.