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Korčula town travel guide

Korčula town enjoys a reputation as an area of ancient beauty, with great beaches and a cluster of snazzy restaurants. Here's our essential Korčula travel guide

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Abound with rustic charm, the medieval settlement of Korčula town has a year-round appeal. The palm-lined streets and ancient surrounding walls regularly invite comparisons with nearby Dubrovnik. And it's not hard to see why - but Korčula town tends to remain unbothered by the droves of tourists swarming the maritime capital over the summer months. All the better for the locals, and in-the-know vistors, who revel in its laidback, Mediterranean lifestyle. Read on for our insider's travel guide to Korčula town.

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Things to do in Korčula town
Things to do

Things to do in Korčula town

Our pick of the best things to do in town.

Korčula town overview
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Korčula town overview

Korčula town: the lowdown.

Korčula events
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Korčula events

Throughout Summer various music, theatre, film, gastronomy and sporting events take place. Here's our pick.

Places around Korčula
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Places around Korčula

Destinations on Korčula island.

Korčula today
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Korčula today

Discover ‘boutique’ Korčula.

Korčula island area guide
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Korčula island area guide

Time Out's guide to Korčula island.

Where to eat and drink in Korčula town

Recommended restaurants in Korčula town
Restaurants

Recommended restaurants in Korčula town

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in Korčula town.

Korčula town bar guide
Bars and pubs

Korčula town bar guide

Our guide to the best places to drink in Korčula town.

Restaurants on Korčula island
Restaurants

Restaurants on Korčula island

The coolest places to dine, drink and relax on the island.

Korčula and Pelješac gourmet tour
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Korčula and Pelješac gourmet tour

Take a culinary tour through Korčula and Pelješac.

Where to stay in Korčula town

Where to stay in Korčula town
Hotels

Where to stay in Korčula town

Korčula town has a great crop of sleeping options for all budgets.

Korčula luxury hotel guide
Hotels

Korčula luxury hotel guide

In Korčula, boutique really is the word. And, since the arrival of HTP hotel group, there's a whole crop of newly spruced up hotels and properties, and more luxuriy options here than ever before. Check out these classy places to stay with our guide to luxury and boutique hotels in Korčula.

Budget accommodation in Korčula town
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Budget accommodation in Korčula town

Book yourself into one of the no-frills resting spots in Time Out's guide to cheap hotels, hostels and campsites in Korčula town.

Lešić-Dimitri Palace Korčula
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Lešić-Dimitri Palace Korčula

Quality five-star representing the pinnacle of luxury in Korčula, located in a beautifully renovated 18th-century bishop’s palace and five medieval cottages, in the heart of the Old Town. Suites are named after stages on the Silk Road travelled by alleged Korčula native Marco Polo: Venice comes with a Venetian red ceiling and theatrically large chairs that look like something from Alice in Wonderland; Arabia is hung with flowing fabrics to give it the feel of a nomad’s tent in the middle of the desert. A recurring theme throughout the hotel is provided by the cushion-piled divans and geometric-patterned wooden screens evocative of interiors from the Middle East to the Far East. All the suites have sleek modern kitchens, espresso machines, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, although sensitive restoration has left much of the building’s original stonework and wooden beaming untouched. As well as being home to the swish LD restaurant, the Lešić-Dimitri also features a spa with a team of Thai therapists. This is pure honeymoon material – without the crowds of Dubrovnik. A member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux association.

Hotel Marko Polo
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Hotel Marko Polo

The four-star, three-floor Marko Polo owned by luxury hotel consortium HTP Korčula, offers a sea view from most of its 100 rooms. A two-phase renovation in the mid-2000s, which took it ahead of its disappointing surrounding properties, saw new bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and sauna.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Hotel Korsal
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Hotel Korsal

A short walk along the coastal path from the Old Town, the Korsal offers a chic, intimate, four-star alternative to the more packagey hotels that lie further out in the same direction. Thought and creativity has gone into the citrus-fruit colour combinations of the room interiors, which come with wood floors and contemporary furnishings. Breakfast on the terrace comes with invigourating views of Pelješac peninsula across the channel. 

Where to shop in Korčula town

Korčula town shopping guide
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Korčula town shopping guide

Our guide to shopping in Korčula town.

Electric Ladyland Design Shop
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Electric Ladyland Design Shop

Electric Ladyland Design Shop presents pool of designers from Croatia and beyond, including a lot of really cool and imaginative stuff that you’re unlikely to find on your nearest highstreet. Look out for ultra-glamorous footwear by Magdalena Klašnja and Milenika, post-apocalyptic, cargo-cult necklaces by SestreS, the ingenious (and eminently affordable) recycled-electronica brooches of Đuveđ, and a whole lot more jewellery, accessories, applied artefacts and unique souvenirs.

Eko škoj
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Eko škoj

Eco products such as own-brand, organic extra-virgin olive oil, herbal rakija, dried herbs and other foodstuffs grown or picked on Korčula.

Manina
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Manina

Brother and sister Miro and Ivana Denoble run this design boutique selling unique jewelry and accessories, lamps made from sea glass, and clothing by Croatian designers – including glamourous evening-wear by Nebo (www.nebo.hr).

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