Korcula Luka (Korcula)

The Corfu of Southern Dalmatia, Korcula shares the same name in ancient Greek; Korkyra Melaina.  Heavily wooded and lush, the beautiful Island is indeed reminiscent of the Ionian Corfu. Korcula town is a fantastic place so make sure it is on your list of places to visit on your yacht charter. However, don’t expect to be alone; it attracts many bareboat charter yachts at the height of the summer season. Be prepared for close quarters anchoring and elevated prices for berths on the quays and in the marinas.

Korcula: The east end of the island from the Peljesac peninsula, with Korcula town centre

Korcula: The east end of the island from the Peljesac peninsula, with Korcula town centre

Old Korcula Town is a delightful town of Venetian origins. Laid out in a herringbone fashion it is designed to catch the lightest of summer breezes and misdirect the cool winter winds.

The old part of Korcula town is bursting at the seams with trendy gift shops, restaurants and bars. For all your other provisioning needs there are the regular array of shops outside the old fortified town walls. There is a good supermarket near the ACI Marina.

Built between the 13th to 15th centuries the old town of Korcula is a maze of narrow alleyways and well preserved stone buildings. It is more compact than Dubrovnik but this just adds to its charm. The view from the bell tower in the centre of town is money well spent or visit the Marco Polo exhibition located in his childhood home one street over from the bell tower.

Korcula: The walled city plays host to a couple of large yachts

Korcula: The walled city plays host to a couple of large yachts

Korcula is also known for its sword dance, the Moreska, in which the white and black kings (Osman and Moro) battle for the hand of a fair maiden and sparks, quite literally, fly. This is not a dance for the faint hearted or someone lacking in hand to eye coordination! The Moreska is performed every Monday and Thursday night at 2100hrs during July and August.

If you happen to be in town on the 30th of June, grab a mask and join the locals in their Venice style carnival and dance till dawn to live music.

This is the birthplace of Marco Polo and there is still a strong connection to maritime adventuring today. However, the town quay (west side of Korcula town), is not the place to be in northerly winds no matter how adventurous you feel and unfortunately these northerlies seem to pick up almost every afternoon no matter what the weather forecast!

Better protection is to be had at the ACI Marina on the south eastern side of Korcula town but this does come at a price. If you can visit Friday and Saturday nights the marina may offer you a discount for the two nights. This is because the marina tends to less busy with charter yachts. Email or phone ahead and check for prices if you are interested. Email: m.korcula@aci-club.hr or phone: +385(0)20711661

Korcula: Yachts and trip boats moored in front of the walled city

Korcula: Yachts and trip boats moored in front of the walled city

Another option is to anchor in Luka. Korcula Luka is the bay just southeast of the ACI Marina. This is a very popular alternative to the marina and town quay at Korcula so if you want to be close to the shore it pays to get in early!

Trip boats use the concrete quay on the west side of the bay therefore it must be kept clear.  This is not an idyllic cove and can get pretty rowdy when the party boats pull in for the night but it is significantly cheaper than the marina at 150 kuna (approximately 20 euros) for a 12m boat per night. (2015). From the west side of the bay it is a short walk of around 10 minutes to Korcula town.

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