Things to do in Korčula

Our most recommended things to do in Korčula

Peljesac Peninsula & Korcula Island Day-Trip from Dubrovnik

1. Peljesac Peninsula & Korcula Island Day-Trip from Dubrovnik

Your sightseeing starts as soon as you depart from Dubrovnik when your tour takes a short break on the Dubrovnik Bridge for a scenic view of the town. You will then continue along the Adriatic Coast, learning about various points of interest along the route. When you reach Ston you will enjoy sightseeing and free time. Ston is famous for its old salt flats and for having the second longest city walls in the world (after the Chinese walls). After sightseeing free time, the tour continues towards Orebić. Along the way, you will take in the panoramic scenery of the famous vineyards of Peljesac peninsula. Discover beautiful countryside and old settlements while listening to commentary on the wineries of Peljesac and on the area's mussel-breeding. In Orebić the tour boards the boat to Korčula. The island of Korčula presents a unique contact with the beautiful nature, and a thousand-year-old cultural tradition and history. You will have an opportunity to visit the birth house of Marco Polo, the church of St. Marco and many other monuments. Return to Orebić by boat and proceed to Potomje. Upon arrival in Potomje you will visit one of the most famous Croatian wineries. Your tasting will include famous wines as well as domestic brandy and liquors in the company of an expert from the winery. The tour returns to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.

Korčula Yellow Taxi Catamaran: Hop-On Hop-Off

2. Korčula Yellow Taxi Catamaran: Hop-On Hop-Off

The Yellow Taxi Catamaran and the Hop-On Hop-Off service is an ideal way to explore the archipelago in Korčula. The ticket is valid all day long and you can get on and off your modern and safe catamaran as often as you want. This tour operates throughout the whole day and you can choose any time to start your tour either in Korčula town (east port). With this round-trip journey your first stop will be Badija Island before arriving at the Vrnik Island. Finish your journey at the stunning Stupe Island. Your ticket allows you to create a combination of destinations and pick the itinerary that best suites your needs. Badija Island: Badija Island is the biggest island in the whole archipelago and offers lots of possibilities. On the island you will find a monastery from the 15th century with an integrated museum. If you like architecture and culture you will be impressed. For those who like to swim and snorkel, you can explore the back of the island, where you can find your own small bay or a beach. If you like to be more active you can use the trail which surrounds the island and take a 50-minute walk or a 25-minute run. You can also climb up to the peak where you can find the old St. Catherine Church which is now an old ruin. During the high season there is also one restaurant that operates on the island. Vrnik Island: Whilst in Vrnik you can find amazing small beaches and also a fine restaurant called 'Arts Club', which offers local dishes and is located in a former school building. Along with the restaurant, you can also explore the replica of the old classroom as well as order a tour guide. Stupe and Moro Beach: Stupe Island and Moro Beach Restaurant can easily become the highlight of your entire holiday. Stupe Island is located within an amazing blue lagoon and offers all you need to spend a perfect beach day. Enjoy the excellent restaurant and a beach bar, rent a sunbed or a SUP, and don’t hesitate to get on the famous water swing. Explore the underwater sea life and snorkel around the island and nearby islets.

Korčula: Culture and History Walking Tour

3. Korčula: Culture and History Walking Tour

Carved out of local limestone, mostly in the 15th and 16th centuries, Korčula Old Town is a harmonious example of the Gothic-Renaissance whole. This walking tour embraces the entire Old Town, goes into the secret corners, and traces little by little the history of the town pointing out the key elements of its ingenious urban construction. Starting at the Land Gate, your tour guide will lead you through narrow streets where laundry is hung out to dry, to the main square where St. Mark’s Cathedral is squeezed. As you stroll, you’ll see cats that already outnumber the inhabitants of the Old Town. You’ll learn about the strategic position of the town, and where all that limestone was hauled from. You’ll get to know that Korčula formed part of the Republic of Venice, and that Marco Polo, a celebrated Venetian, was born in Korčula. You may not believe it. But once you hear your guide's story, you’ll change your mind. Finally, you’ll visit All Saints’ Church which guards a 15th-century polyptych painted by the most respected Dalmatian artist of that time – Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin. You’ll enter the seat of All Saints’ Brotherhood where Byzantine Icons are on display, and you’ll also see the wax candles that brothers carry in their processions. On this Korčula walking tour you’ll discover that this is where you should be living.

Discover Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit

4. Discover Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit

Start your journey to the island of Korčula exploring a small town called Ston, one of the best fortified towns in Europe, town famous for its production of mussels and oysters. After a pleasant journey the peninsula Pelješac will surprise you with its vineyards, breathtaking views on the small bays and islands. Discover narrow streets, the unique St. Mark's Cathedral built in Venetian style, numerous well-preserved palaces and the birthplace of famous traveler Marco Polo. Finish your journey visiting a winery and tasting local wines and brandies.

Korcula: Semi-Submarine Tour

5. Korcula: Semi-Submarine Tour

Enjoy an adventure on a semi-submersible boat, immersed in nearly 1.5 meters of water in Korcula. This unique vessel offers a pleasant and safe tour and is ideal for adults and children of all ages. It remains above sea level at all times, while its hull, the underwater observatory, is 1.5 meters (5 feet) below the surface. Through your own personal viewing window, you can watch an abundance of marine life. Since you can leave the cabin and walk on the deck at any time, you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the historical old town of Korcula on top of the boat. The crew is very experienced and friendly. Join this incredible journey on a semi-submarine vehicle for a closer look at the magical underwater world. Gain a better understanding of the significance of the sea environment.

Korčula and Pelješac Wine Tasting - Day Tour from Dubrovnik

6. Korčula and Pelješac Wine Tasting - Day Tour from Dubrovnik

Marco Polo has a vast historical heritage traveling more than 15000 miles and inspiring generations of pioneers to discover the unknown lands. Other explorers before him had changed the geography of the world – Marco Polo changed its history. Interestingly, many sources suggest that Korčula is a town where he was born around 1254! The island of Korčula undoubtedly holds a privileged position among the Croatian islands. It is full of legends, tales and monuments - more than any other island in the Adriatic sea. Once we arrived on the island, we will start our day trip by discovering the picturesque old town of Korčula, the main town of the island. It is a unique experience to walk along the narrow streets and among the beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of what is considered to be one of the best-preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Being famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers, the people of Korčula left their marks all over the world, but saved their best works for their hometown. After a sightseeing tour of the old town of Korčula, you will have some free time for lunch. After lunch, you shouldn't miss out swimming in the crystal clear water of the island's beautiful beaches. On our way back to Dubrovnik, we will make a stop in one of the well-known wine cellars on the Pelješac peninsula and sample some of the excellent local wine.

From Dubrovnik: Guided Tour of Pelješac & Korčula

7. From Dubrovnik: Guided Tour of Pelješac & Korčula

Embark on a guided tour through the Croatian coastline to Ston and Orebić. Enjoy a boat ride to Korčula. Stop at the Pelješac peninsula for wine tasting. Begin your journey with a scenic drive along the coast to Pelješac peninsula. Stop for a short break in Ston, a place known for its saltworks and the second-longest city walls in the world. Make your way from Ston towards Orebić. From Orebić, set sail to Korčula. Surrounded by dark pine forests, this magnificent island was called Korkyra Melaina (Black Korčula) by ancient Greek settlers. Visit its main settlement, a stunning medieval walled town. Enjoy free time to explore the magnificent Island of Korčula. In addition to all the beautiful views, you will also enjoy the absolute best of Croatia's wines. On the way back to Dubrovnik, stop at Pelješac peninsula. Here, visit local wineries. Taste a selection of the region’s finest wines. Soak in views of rocky ridges and sweeping valleys.

Dubrovnik: Day Tour to Korčula

8. Dubrovnik: Day Tour to Korčula

On this tour, experience how the past and the present become one on the magnificent island of Korčula, which has been populated since prehistoric times. After departing from Dubrovnik, make your first stop in Ston a historic fortified town surrounded by the 2nd longest wall in the world, first mentioned in the 13th century. The town layout is famous for its herringbone pattern, which allows air to circulate through the streets, but protects the town from strong winds. Learn about how building outside the city walls was forbidden until the 18th-century. Next head to the Korcula Old Town to experience an ancient culture and admire views of the crystal clear sea and sunny beaches. Take a chance to see the Cathedral of St. Mark, probably the most important building in the Korcula Old Town. It is built in Gothic-Renaissance style, completed in the 15th-century in the place of another church from the 13th-century. Find out how the church was built by local masters and craftsman of stone masonry who were well known in the Renaissance and Baroque era. During the tour, you will have the chance to taste fresh oysters from the sea, and sample some of the finest local wines at a winery. 

Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit (private)

9. Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit (private)

One of the most romantic island cities in Croatia, Korcula island is one of the top destinations for tourists that cruise the Adriatic. According to legend, it was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor, and was home to the Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples who first settled on this island. Most famously known to be the birth place of traveler Marco Polo in 1254, Korcula is now the second most populous island on the Adriatic, filled with historical and cultural heritage. Ston is the first stop after departing from Dubrovnik. With well preserved city walls which once protected the town during the medieval times, Ston is a charming town with rich history. An optional visit to the ancient salt-works before continuing on the Peljesac peninsula will allow for an interesting stop on the tour. Enjoy the beautiful green scenery, vineyards and blue bays along the way before arriving to Orebic to embark on a boat ride to the magnificent island of Korcula. Once in town, visit the cathedral, city museum, and the house of Marco Polo. Followed is free time to walk through the Old Town and its abundant souvenir shops, and have lunch at a tavern of your choice serving many delicious Dalmatian specialities. After saying good-bye to this marvellous island, there is one last stop to be made on your return, as the Peljesac peninsula is known as one of the most famous Croatian wine regions. Enjoying in an extraordinary wine tasting is a delightful ending to the journey as you continue back to Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik: Korčula Island Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting

10. Dubrovnik: Korčula Island Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting

Korčula’s records of time date back to the Neolithic period. Legend says that Korčula was home to the beautiful Greek mythology hero – Korkyra. It is even said that Korčula is named after her. These days Korčula presents a combination of stunning nature and impressive history. It is known for beautiful beaches and it is even called “Croatian Santorini”. Korčula counts thousands of years of culture, history, and tradition! Hundred years old olive trees, vineyards, fruit and vegetable productions assure you that you will eat good and local food in Korčula. Memories on the great Croatian singer Oliver Dragojević, who was born in Korčula, keep lovely Dalmatian music and atmosphere on every step. Highlights of the tour: On the way from Dubrovnik first stop is Ston where you get to enjoy a cup of morning coffee. In an hour of free time in Ston you can walk the narrow streets, see the walls of Ston or meet some of the local shellfish farmers. While passing the salt pans, we continue to Orebić, where we cross the Pelješac channel to reach the island. On the way from Orebić to Korčula you get to enjoy the views on surfers and kiters! Once you get to the island, you first do a short tour of the city, followed by three hours of free time. In the free time you can enjoy the colorful, charming streets, go for a swim in the crystal clear sea or enjoy the local cuisine. On the way back, we make a stop in one of the Pelješac wine shops where you get to try excellent local wines. You can buy some souvenirs, even wine, and after all, enjoy the beautiful ride through the wine region back to Dubrovnik.

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What people are saying about Korčula

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 305 reviews

Loved this trip. Especially the first two Islands...Badija and and the old abandoned fishing village on Island starting with V? I walked the whole way around Badija. Had a lovely lunch here. The Franciscan Monastery is fascinating. Great service to stay as little or as long as you like on each of the Islands getting picked up when it suits you and dropped off at the next Island. I highly recommend this tour.

It was a lovely, informative tour. We felt like we got a glimpse into the life of local Korcula residents. Our guide was very informed, pleasant and gave us a lot of extra information. The pace of the tour was excellent. I would highly recommend this tour. It was the highlight of our trip.

really relaxing day trip to Korcula with lovely stops in Ston and a family fun winery. Beautiful scenery on the bus ride, very interesting information provided by the guide. Would recommend.

We had a fantastic time! The town is amazing medieval and the wine was delicious!

A great trip to Ston and Korcula. The wine tasting was also excellent.