About Korcula Island
There is a legend that Korčula (pronounced Kor-chula) was founded by the Trojans in the 12th Century BC but it is more likely that the Greeks colonized the island, calling it Korkyra Melaina (Black 'Corfu') because of its dark forests. The beginnings of the walled stone city date from the early 13th century and are described in the statute of the town dating from 1214 - this is one of the oldest European town statutes. More recently, there has been a strong claim that Marco Polo was born and grew up on the island.
There are so many rocky inlets in and around Korčula that are ideal for sunbathing and swimming, usually in solitude if that is what you are after. There is a tradition of wine making on the island and we recommend you try some GRK whilst on Korčula; it is one of Croatia's best. The main town on the island is a tight cluster of narrow streets, designed in an ingenious herring-bone pattern to ease the cooling sea breezes through the town. There is much to see in this wonderful little place that would keep even the most hardened sun worshippers interested for a couple of days - cathedral, museum, town walls, Marco Polo's birthplace.
Korcula is reached by a pleasant two hour drive from the airport via Dubrovnik and along the Peljesac peninsula to the ferry terminal at Orebic. We can arrange car hire or private transfers depending on your preferences. Outside Korcula Town the whole island is pretty much unspoiled and a wonderful place to explore; the countryside is verdant and there are many villages and beautiful little beaches to enjoy.
There are many special events during the season including the famous knight pageants, Dalmatian harmony singing, a reconstruction of the historic battle involving Marco Polo in front of the walls of Korčula and some beautiful religious processions. The men and women of Korčula are justly proud of their ancient sword dance, the Moreška, performed previously all over the Mediterranean but for more than 400 years has taken place only in Korčula. Not surprisingly this is a great tourist attraction each year and is performed at least once each week during high season.
Where to stay
The Marco Polo is situated on an elevated area near the sea and its position so near to the old town gives it a marvellous clear view of this unique mediaeval stone city.
A 4* family hotel situated in a pedestrianised area near a small beach providing a perfect setting. The comfortable rooms are fully furnished with natural materials and overlook the sea.
The Hotel Korkyra is located on the western end of the island in Vela Luka. Completely renovated and now has 58 design rooms, a spa and restaurant. The hotel is open year-round.
"Fantastic holiday, loved Croatia and will definitely return. Favourite was Korcula and hotel staff were very helpful. Good location, loved the island and sailing opportunities."
B Rider, UK, Aug 2018
"Great itinerary and choice of hotels. Favourite places were Hvar and Korcula. Least favourite were Plitvika (felt like a school trip being herded around the defined routes - and very busy) and Dubrovnik (first impression was Disneyland Paris without the annoying tune!. Very busy also. Improved after a couple of guided tours and evening time was quieter. And this was almost out of season). All arrangements were excellent and worked perfectly. We will go back again for sure. Thanks for an excellent holiday."
G Creamer, UK, October 2017
"Definitely worth a visit. Very interesting town and almost all original buildings. We were glad we decided to take this trip even though it meant a further night at the Hotel Croatia!"
C Sillett, UK, October 2017
"Just a quick note to say what a fabulous time we had in Croatia. The hotels chosen where fabulous particularly Hotel Lero in Dubrovnik, Hotel Korsal in Korcula, Hotel Mediterran in Zadar and Hotel Degenya in Plitvice (the pool had only been opened 10 days). The days we were driving where really easy and the best route form Korcula to Split is definately better by ferry. I understand that the border crossings with Bosnia can be a pain and lengthy at times. Got to see all my Games of Thrones sites apart from the Aborteum just outside Dubrovnik - think we missed the signs. There was only one error and that was the Hotel Edens fault - they did not have a twin room for the kids - they were fully booked, so could not change. But other than that no problems. "
S Syder, UK, June, 2017
"The hotel Korsal on Korcula was really very good and convenient."
C Fox, UK, Sept 2016
"We stayed in four great hotels with amazing accomodation and sea views and friendly helpful staff. By far the best experience we encountered was the Hotel Korsal on Korcula if you get the chance do not miss this place the food, staff and accomodation to die for!"
T Jones, Sept 2016
"We had a great holiday. Best bits: Our day walking the walls in Dubrovnik, then to Lokrum Island by ferry, great swimming, then to Lady Pi Pi's to dinner. Also swimming at the bay nearest hotel Lero, & in Marko Polo's pool; the terrace had great views. Anyway, we really enjoyed ourselves on holiday. Thanks you for all your arrangements."
D Williams, UK, August 2016
"We've done road trips round other countries before but this one seemed just a little bit more luxurious. We very much appreciated the taxi transfers from the airport being organised for us already. Likewise, it was fantastic to have the hire care delivered to us and picked up afterwards. These two manoeuvres have caused a lot of hassle in the past. This kind of holiday can be exhausting enough as it is. I also liked that the rooms had been so carefully chosen. It seemed like you'd had a look round the hotels already and requested specific rooms. Obviously, these rooms weren't the cheapest the hotels had to offer, and that's not what we normally book. The hotels were all really easy to find and had good locations, except one we had trouble with. The Korkyra Apartments on Korcula took us till midnight to reach, after catching the last ferry. If we'd come from the short ferry from Orebic, round the corner, it would have been brilliant. But we were coming from Vela Luka and our satnat took us down a pedestrianised road in Korcula town. Otherwise, everything was brilliant and the whole itinerary went according to plan 99% of the time. Even the plans I made for day trips went smoothly. We felt very lucky the whole time. I think Croatia is a country that is really geared up to tourism. They do everything full on, one hundred percent, so everything is as easy as possible for visitors. We hardly had to queue for anything in Plitvice Lakes even though they have 1.3 million visitors per year there."
J Carpreau, UK, August 2016
"A short note to thank you for helping organise our holiday. We had a great time and thought Croatia was fantastic. Having good weather obviously helps and for us it was superb with the temperatures ideal – mid to high 20’s. I think we went for one too many changes of hotel on the ‘touring’ section ie we should have spent an extra day probably in Hvar and possibly Zadar. The car hire was excellent and worked very well for the pick-up and drop-off. The hotels you arranged for us worked out well and, overall, we were pleased with them; perhaps the Marco Polo was a little disappointing but that was more to do with lugging our heavy cases around to the room than the actual quality."
A Wilkinson, UK, Oct 2015
"We just returned from our Croatia Fly/Drive trip yesterday, and I wanted to waste no time in letting you know what a wonderful time Dave and I had. (I will also submit feedback to Responsible Vacations so they know what a great experience we had and a great job you did.) We were so impressed by how smoothly everything went - transfers were prompt, service and friendliness exceptional, and hotel choices were perfect in location, style, and overall comfort. You were so easy to work with from the start, and very flexible and responsive in meeting our needs and answering questions. We so much appreciate everything, and look forward to working with you on additional trips in the future. Thank you!!!"
E Snow, USA, July 2013