A Day of Discovery in Korčula Town: Unveiling its Hidden Gems

 

Welcome to the enchanting town of Korčula, a place where history, culture, and stunning landscapes converge to create an unforgettable experience. As you embark on your day trip, let us guide you through the most remarkable and unique attractions this picturesque town has to offer. From medieval marvels to local culture, here are the must-see places and activities for an unforgettable day trip.

How to spend a day in Korcula Town

Korcula Town is compact in size and many people opt to do a self-guided tour. If this is you then the following post aims to help show you the most famous landmarks, and buildings of historical significance that we recommend you look for on your day out.

For those interested in learning  more in-depth about the history and culture of the Island we do recommend a guided walking tour which can be booked through your host at The White House Lumbarda.

Your guide is a local historian, one of the curators of the town museum as well as a multilingual guide and offers you two possibilities of a walking tour in Korcula.
1. The walking tour which includes all the major sights of the medieval town of Korcula . It lasts about 1.5.-2 hours.

2. Alternatively, there is also the possibility to go into the major sights of Korcula including the brand new Marco Polo museum, the cathedral as well as the bell tower. This is a longer tour of about 2.5-3 hours.  Entry fees to the museum, bell tower and cathedral are not included.

Prices are available on enquiry and only for guests staying at The White House Lumbarda.

Plan your day trip to include a show of the Sword Dance at the end of the day – shows in the Summer are on Monday and Thursday evening and are sure to make an enjoyable end to a cultural day out.

If you are doing a self-discovery tour here are the buildings and landmarks you won’t want to miss!

Essential Places To Visit In Korcula Town

  1. Veliki Revelin Tower and Korčula Land Gate

Step into the past as you pass through the Veliki Revelin Tower, a 14th-century medieval construction that now serves as Korčula’s main entrance. The adjacent staircase, upgraded in the 18th century, adds a touch of grandeur to your arrival. This entrance encapsulates the authentic medieval atmosphere, making it an ideal backdrop for your Instagram-worthy snapshots.

  1. Marco Polo House and Museum: Unraveling a Legendary Explorer

Discover the intriguing tale of Marco Polo by visiting the Marco Polo House. Though the birthplace of this renowned explorer is still debated, Korčula proudly claims its connection. Immerse yourself in history as you explore the charming house that has been designed as a replica of his birthplace.

On the outskirts of Korcula Town you can also visit the Marco Polo Interactive Museum to learn more about the life and travels of this intrepid explorer.

  1. Wander Through Korčula Old Town’s Lanes

Dive into the past as you explore the cobblestone laneways of Korčula Old Town. Wander through these charming streets, where medieval architecture and elegant facades transport you to a bygone era. The town’s unique fishbone layout, designed to catch the cooling breeze, offers a tranquil and picturesque setting that feels straight out of a romantic movie.

  1. St. Mark’s Cathedral: A Testament to Timeless Beauty

Be captivated by the beauty of St. Mark’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece blending Gothic and Renaissance styles. Marvel at the locally sourced limestone facade adorned with baroque details and sculptures. Step inside to appreciate the elevated ceiling, limestone colonnade, and exceptional artworks.

For breathtaking views of Korčula and the Adriatic Sea, ascend the belltower. Note, the staircase is very narrow, but the climb to the top is worth it for the 360 degree helicopter view of the town and makes for another insta-worthy photo.

  1. Explore Korčula Town Museum

Delve into the island’s history and culture at the Korčula Town Museum housed in the Gabrielis Palace. Uncover fascinating exhibits, from ceramics recovered from ancient shipwrecks to furnishings through the ages. The museum’s unique location and diverse collections offer a glimpse into Kordula’s past and its connection to shipbuilding and stone-cutting.

  1. Saviour The End of Your Day Trip

Climb the turret of the Zakerjan Tower on the northern tip of the old town and sip a cocktail at Massimo Cocktail Bar, while you enjoy the stunning sunsets over the Adriatic sea; follow this with a cultural show of the Sword Dance ( see more here); or stroll along the walls and decide where to have dinner; the choice is amazing; the setting devine,  and includes the possibility of fine dining at the only Michelin star restaurant on the island ‘Filippi’.

Conclusion: A Day of Enchantment

As your day in Korčula Town comes to a close, you’ll find yourself captivated by its history, beauty, and flavours. From the medieval charm of Veliki Revelin Tower to the intricate details of St. Mark’s Cathedral, every corner of this town holds a story waiting to be discovered. Embark on this journey of exploration, and let the enchantment of Korčula leave an indelible mark on your heart and memories.

Prepare to be amazed, inspired, and utterly captivated by the hidden gems of Korčula Town.

You may also be interested in understanding what Korcula is known for : find out here

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