The port of the town of Korčula, the main harbour of Korcula Island in Croatia, lies at the extreme NE tip of the island, separated from the long Peljesac Peninsula on the mainland by a one mile-wide channel. Clustered around an old walled town on an easily defended peninsula – like so many of the mediaeval Croatian towns – its old stone houses bear numerous testimonies to the skills of the Korcula stone masons during the period of Venetian rule. Several towers and sections of the former town walls remain on the W side of the peninsula and the land entrance to it is dominated by the Veliki Revelin, a 14th century tower originally accessed via a wooden drawbridge.
Visiting yachts normally berth in the ACI-operated Marina Korcula behind a breakwater immediately S of the peninsula, on the quay of the small harbour on the W side of the town or in the sheltered anchorage of U. Luka half a mile S. Shelter in the marina (which gets very busy in July and August) is good in all but very strong SE winds, when the W harbour or the anchorage are better bets.
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Marina Korcula is situated at the E end of the island of Korcula in Croatia, separated from the Peljesac Peninsula on the mainland by a mile-wide channel. The marina, which is open all year round, provides 159 berths for yachts of up to 40 metres (by advance arrangement) in depths of up to 6.0 metres. Shelter in the marina is good in all except strong SE winds, which cause an unpleasant swell in the marina.
Call Marina Korcula on VHF channel 17. Alternatively, telephone or e-mail for advance reservations.
The marina is located at the E end of the island, immediately S of the peninsula on which the ancient walled town of Korcula Town sits. Care is needed in the approach as there are shoal patches in the approach from E. The marina is entered at the SE end of the breakwater that protects it from NE. Depths in the entrance are 7.0 metres and in the basin from 2.0 to 7.0 metres.
Berthing assistance available on request. Visiting yachts berth where directed on the quays and jetties or on the inside of the breakwater. Depths range from 2.0 – 7.0 metres. Laid moorings at all berths.
- Reception desk
- Showers and toilets
Boatyard with basic repair facilities. Crane (10T). Hard standing for 16 yachts.
The marina is situated on the N side of the island of Korcula in Croatia, opposite the mainland settlement of Orebic.
- Frequent daily ferries to Orebic on mainland.
- Occasional ferries to Ancona in Italy (July to September only).
- Daily buses to Dubrovnik and Zagreb.
- Local buses to Vela Luka and other local destinations.
The old town is fascinating to explore, its narrow, mediaeval streets lined with old stone houses dating back to the early Venetian occupation, many of them bearing beautiful ornamentation from the island’s master stone masons. The best preserved section of the old town walls is on the W side, where three of the walls’ defensive towers still stand. The old town itself is entered through the Veliki Revelin, a 14th century tower originally accessed via a wooden drawbridge. The cathedral square is dominated by the impressive 15th century St Mark’s Cathedral, with a finely sculpted entrance and soaring bell tower (the very narrow stairs of which can be climbed for a fee of 20 kuna). The interior (a charge is made) contains some further fine stone sculptures and a painting by the Venetian master Tintoretto. It is worth whiling away an hour or two in the Town Museum, sited in a 16th century palace opposite the cathedral, which contains displays on Korcula’s stone masonry and shipbuilding activities as well as archaeological finds.
The Moreska, a traditional dance that has been performed in Korcula since the Middle Ages, is a local institution. With spectacular swordplay, it depicts the battles between its protagonist, the Red King, and antagonist, the Black King. The Moreska is performed every week during tourist season, usually on Monday nights, as well as on certain holidays. Tickets can be purchased at a variety of booths and newsagents throughout the city. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org