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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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.
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.
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
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.