What is Korcula known for?

Korcula is known as the ‘historical’ Croatian Island. A place for travellers interested in the history and culture of Croatia; renowned for its stunning architecture and rumoured birth place of the intrepid explorer, Marco Polo!

It has become popular most recently as its’ location mid-way between Split and Dubrovnik make it an excellent base as a rest stop for those looking for somewhere to relax on a two-city break. Its close proximity to both Mljet ( ‘the National Park Island’) and Hvar (‘The Gamorous Island’) also make it the perfect destination for Island Hoppers who wish to have a base and explore these islands on day trips.

Here are 5 more interesting facts about the island of Korcula in Croatia, and what Korcula is known for.

1. The Climate

Korcula is an ideal island for an active holiday with 2,700 hours of sunshine annually and average summer temperatures of 26.9 degrees C.

This made our decision to buy a home from home here a no- brainer, as our favourite chosen sports of Kite Surfing and Sailing are perfectly met with the favourable sun conditions and light mistral winds that are funnelled through the Peljesac channel. Just look at the wind conditions in these waters to see why we are so excited to be here!

If these adrenalin sports aren’t for you Korcula has plenty more activities to offer with over 100km of walking trails and around 140km of cycling routes, and at The White House you are welcome to book all 4 apartments if you are travelling as a group.

We also have a paddleboard and 2 person kayak available to rent just ask if interested.

2. The Sword Dance

Moreska, Kumpanija and Mostra are the traditional sword dances of Korcula.Unique to the island.

They are all performed in the summer months in various locations across Korcula, with the Moreska performed in Korcula Town, the nearest location to your holiday accommodation.

These dances are protected as an intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

See our blog post for more information about attending a performance.

3. Top quality wine producing region.

From the locally produced ‘Grk’ of Lumbarda to the Poisip in the Somkvica and Cara area; the Rukatac local Dalmation wine Marastina; the Korcula Plavac Mali ( the Plavac Mali being the most known Croatian red wine in the world), and the Prosek (Prosecco), a very sweet dessert wine, the tradition of viticulture and viniclulture can be traced back to the ancient times of the Greek in 4th century B.C.

The White House sits above it’s own ‘Grk’ vineyard and within a few minutes’ walk of 3 of the best wineries in Lumbarda village.

4. Black Korcula

Are you a budding botanist or interested in floriculture and arboricuture?

Korcula contours are almost black due to its dense oak, holm-oak and pine forests, and thus named locally as Black Korcula .Only a few km from The White House, in the village of Zrnovo is Kocje, a special forest vegetation reserve. It is an ideal place to take a packed lunch and follow the walking trail around.

Among the 25,000 known species of orchid in the world only one percent grows in Europe and in Korcula 49 different species can be found.

Will you be able to find all 49 orchid species while you are here?

Aerial helicopter shoot of Korcula old town.


5. Dry Stone Walls

When you are out and about or driving along the island you won’t help but notice the ‘Meje’, dry stone terraces. Built for the purpose of intensive cultivation of wine and olives. You can even see a sample of these terraces in our own Olive Orchard at the front of The White House.

The art of stone walling is protected as intangible heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

Many farms on the island produce olive oil. In 2016 Korcula Olive Oil received a prestigious certificate of the protected designation of origin and the protected geographical indication at the EU level.

For more information on what to see and do when in Korcula visit our new news section here

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