For travellers visiting Dubrovnik, the island of Korčula is one of the favourite destinations for day trips and boating getaways. Situated on the eastern side of the island, facing the Pelješac peninsula, the town of Korčula is very easy to reach from Dubrovnik by bus, car or ferry, especially during the peak tourist season, when there are multiple ferry lines connecting the old city to the nearby islands. The area around the Korčula Old Town provides everything one needs, from beautiful beaches with stunning views to numerous historic sights and excellent restaurants and bars. Even in a single day, enjoying everything the historic town has to offer makes for a tight schedule. While there are buses to Vela Luka and other parts of Korčula throughout the day, it would take too long to visit them all on a single day trip.
Getting from Dubrovnik to Korčula
The drive from Dubrovnik via Orebić to Korčula takes about 2.5 hours. The car ferry that connects Orebić and the ferry port Dominče on Korčula takes only 15-20 minutes to reach the island and, from Dominče, it is only a short ride to the Korčula Old Town. In the peak season, the ferry runs about 18 times per day and in the low season it makes 14 trips between the two ports.
A direct ferry line from Dubrovnik to Korčula makes 2 to 4 trips per day, but it only runs in the high season and is only available for foot passengers. Sailing time is between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.
Taking the bus is the most reliable way to get from Dubrovnik to Korčula. Buses are in operation year-round and take passengers on a scenic ride along the coast from the old city to Orebić and then to the island.
Sitting on a promontory that overlooks the narrow stretch of water between the island of Korčula and Pelješac, the historic fortified town of Korčula looks like a miniature Dubrovnik, with striking walls and defensive towers guarding a herringbone pattern of narrow stone streets and red roofed old houses. The town’s historic center is one of the best preserved medieval cores in the region. The town itself is known for its rustic charm, superb beaches and laid back lifestyle. It offers plenty of opportunities to explore the island’s distinctive cuisine and excellent wines.
The main historic sites include the Cathedral of St. Mark, one of the finest examples of Dalmatian church architecture in Romanesque-Gothic style, the Abbey Treasury with an impressive collection of Dalmatian art from the Renaissance period, the Town Museum, housed in a 16th century Venetian palace, the 14th century Church of All Saints, and the House of Marco Polo, the alleged birthplace of the legendary explorer.
For stunning views of Korčula and the surrounding area, travellers can take a walk along a cypress-lined alley that leads to St. Anthony’s Hill, situated about 2 km southeast of the historic center. Adventure travellers have a number of options available to them, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and paragliding.
Accommodation on the Dubrovnik Riviera
Travellers looking for exceptionally comfortable accommodation for their stay on the Dubrovnik Riviera can enjoy a tranquil, relaxing holiday at the Villas Srebreno. The villas offer accommodation in exclusive 4-star suites with captivating views of the Adriatic or a scenic Mediterranean park. The spacious, modernly furnished suites are only a short drive from Dubrovnik Old Town and surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars where guests can explore the charms of Croatian cuisine or spend an afternoon relaxing over delicious cocktails.