The sixth-largest island in Croatia, Korcula is 20 miles long and rather narrow, between 4 and 5 miles wide on average. This island is known for its dense forest and the ancient Greeks called the island Black Korcula (Kerkyra melaina) for this reason.
The main resorts are Korcula Town (people call it “Little Dubrovnik” because of its medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses, looking not to dissimilar to the real Dubrovnik), Vela Luka and Lumbarda. There are also smaller towns and villages dotted around the island for those looking for a more secluded holiday.
Korcula is one of Croatia’s most treasured islands although, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, not quite as popular as some of its slightly more northern counterparts, such as Brac and Hvar. This may be because the island is a little further away to get to (both from Split or Dubrovnik) and some of the most convenient ferry services to the island only run in summer.
On the one hand, of course, this is somewhat of a shame but on the other, this means you have fewer crowds and can enjoy the island more!
See below for our tips on reaching the island, its history and what to see and where to stay.
Read up on a brief history of the island
- Getting to Korcula
How to reach the island
What to see and do
Where to stay
Events on Korcula
Generally, events on the island centre around the summer months – peak season – when there are more people around to enjoy all the festivities. Each main town is likely to have some kind of “summer evenings” mini-festival, with assorted events – art exhibitions, folklore evenings, singing, dancing, music, fishermen’s evenings – taking place from about mid-June to September, or thereabouts. Check the websites of the tourist offices listed below for an up-to-date schedule of events.
One of the main events to look out for is performances of the famous Moreska dance. These normally take place twice a week in the town during summer – check locally for more details.
Eating & Drinking on Korcula
The LD Restaurant – part of the 5-star Lesic Dimitri Palace Hotel – is a Michelin-starred restaurant with an absolutely gorgeous setting that presents Dalmatian cuisine with a strong focus on seasonal ingredients. The restaurant was awarded Croatia’s Best Restaurant at the 2022 World Culinary Awards.
Ignis is a tapas-bar-inspired restaurant that showcases simple yet beautifully presented cooking using the freshest, sustainable ingredients – these are tapas dishes with a modern twist! They open for breakfast and dinner, and also serve some great cocktails too!