Cruise Port Atlas | Korcula, Croatia Day Trips | Attractions

Korcula, Croatia Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Korcula: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, SeaDream Yacht Club, Cunard, Holland America

Key Attractions: Korcula, St. Marks Cathedral, Korcula City Walls, Korcula City Museum, Marco Polo Home, Icon Museum, Moreska Sword Dance, Pelgesac peninsula, Orebic, Ston, Trstenik, Skoji Islands, Korcula Archipelago, Badija, Franciscan Monastery, Vrnik, Lumbarda, Radcisce, Smokvica, Blato, Vela Luka, Brna, Mljet Natural Park, Hvar

Korcula Town Attractions

Cruise Berth to Old City - 0.1-0.5 KM, 1-5 minutes walking
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Within a short distance of the cruise and tender berths is the Land Gate of the old city where tourists enter the pedestrian-only walled peninsula. Several times a week during the tourist season the famous Moreska weapon dance is performed outside St. Mark's Cathedral by dancers in dressed in red and black and clanging swords. This ancient ritual commemorates the struggle between the local Christians and the Islamic forces of the Balkan peninsula. The other famous attractions within the city walls are the house where Marco Polo is reputed to have been born, the City Museum, the Museum of icons and the Rector's Palace just inside the Land Gate.

           

   

Photo of Korcula town by draceane

Peljesac Peninsula

Korcula Ferry to Orebic - 30 minutes
Orebic to Trstinek - 26 KM, 30 minutes
Orebic to Ston - 59 KM, 61 minutes
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Just north of Korcula is the Peljesac Peninsula, a short (and frequent) ferry ride from Korcula Town to the coastal town of Orebic, which offers great views of the island, the port, and the terrain - especially if you hike (or ride) up the St. Elijah Mount. The most popular attraction in town is the Franciscan Monastery, Our Lady of Angels. The town has many vacation homes, nice restaurants, and shopping. The wines of the peninsula are well-known. The fishing village of Trstenik is a popular stop on the way to Ston. Ston is near the western (land) end of the peninsula and is famous for its oysters, salt flats and city walls.

           

   

Photo of Our Lady of Angels Monastery by Andres rus, Photo of Ston by Quahadi Anto

Skoji Islands

Port to Islands - 1-4 KM by ferry or water taxi
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Just off the western coast of Korcula are a series of small idyllic islands perfect for water recreation and short hikes into lovely pine forests. The largest of the islands is Badiji, which offers water sports from its commercial center in a former Franciscan Monastery. Snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking, and beach relaxation are offered on this gem of an island. Vrnik is just to the south of Badija and is quieter and has lovely beaches. The other islands are more isolated and offer a truly quiet moment on the beautiful Dalmatian Riviera. Some will want to take a boat trip to the island of their choice, but others may want to take an island tour that touches several and offers a wide variety of photo opportunities.

           

   

Photo of Skoji Islands from Lumbarda by M_H.DE

Towns and Villages

Korcula Town to Lumbarda - 6.5 KM, 12 minutes
Korcula Town to Racisce - 13 KM, 18 minutes
Korcula Town to Smokvica - 26 KM, 32 minutes
Korcula Town to Brna - 31 KM, 39 minutes
Korcula Town to Blato - 35 KM, 39 minutes
Korcula Town to Vela Luka - 42 KM, 47 minutes
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Korcula Island exploration can be close to the port or extend all the way to the western end and the town of Vela Luka. A short distance to the south of the port is the town of Lumbarda, which offers visitors lovely sand beaches, vineyards featuring the Grk grape, and views of the Skoji islands. Along the north coast of the island west of Korcula town is the fishing village of Racisce, with the 17th century church of St. Vlaho. Along the southern coast is the Pupnatska Bay, a narrow bay with small lovely beaches. Near the geographic center of the island is the hillside town of Smokvica, best known as the island�s agricultural center and for its Posip wines, which are among Croatia's finest. Just to the south of Smokvica is the town and bay of Brna with nice seaside restaurants and lovely marina views. The largest inland town on the island is Blato, in a scenic central valley and home to many local craftsmen. At the far western end of the island is Vela Luka (meaning Large Harbor), which has several important archaeological sites nearby including Vela Spilos (Large Cave), inhabited 20,000 years ago. The Center for Culture in the town includes archaeological and artistic displays.

           

   

Photo of Vela Luka by Wojkow, Photo of Smokvica by Greg O'Beirne

Mljet National Park

Korcula town to Mljet National Park - 30-60 minute boat transfer
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The island of Mljet is mostly a Natural Park and offers excellent chances to experience the coastal ecosystem of the Dalmatian region. Ferries and fast-catamarans offer scheduled service to the island and custom tours can be arranged with round-trip boat transfers. Hiking and canoeing on the inland lakes of the island are the most popular activities. Though the lakes were once fresh water, they are now brackish due to the digging of canals. The bird population of the island is not significant because of the introduction of the Small Asian Mongoose to control the snake population. Despite these ecological mishaps, the park is still a lovely and serene spot for experiencing nature.

        

   

Photo of Mljet Lake by Jaganjac

Hvar

Korcula town to Hvar (Stari Grad) - 60 minute boat transfer
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The Dalmatian island of Hvar is the greenest, longest, and most ancient of those found in the area. The port of Stari Grad (old city) is among the oldest urban settlements in Europe. It is adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Stari Grad Plain, a fertile area with a cistern system and walls that separate fields dating back to the Hellenistic era. This is the only large agricultural area on any of the Dalmatian islands and produces fine olive oils and wines. The island is famous for its lavender fields and pine forests. Hvar has been a tourist mecca for more than 140 years and recently has been discovered by the very wealthy, so it will not be surprising to see a row of massive yachts like you'd see in St. Tropez. The main port of Hvar was the capital for the long era of Venetian rule and has the look of a miniature Venice, especially the square, the cathedral, and its bell tower. It's a great little city to wander around with some important historical palaces, churches, and other buildings. Overlooking the port are two protective fortresses, one which (the so-called Spanish Fortress) welcomes visitors.

           

   

Photo of Stari Grad by Cord Walter, Photo of Hvar Town Square by Samuli Lintula

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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