Korčula (town)

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Town of Korčula
Port of Entry
42°57.691'N, 017°08.160'E Chart icon.png
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Korcula Town and marina from SE

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 stonemasons 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 Korčula 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.

Korcula Town from W

Charts

See Southern Dalmatia.

Weather

See Croatia.

Passages

See Croatia.

Communication

Županijska lučka uprava Korčula

Phone: +385 (20) 20 715 241
Fax: +385 (20) 20 715 279
Email: zlu.korcula@hi.t-com.hr
Web: http://www.portkorcula.eu
Address: Trg Petra Šegedina 7 20260 Korčula

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

There are no dangers in the approach to Korcula Town from the W.

Warning: In the approach from E there are several islets/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#isletsDanger icon islets [[Korčula (town)#islets|islets]] 42°57.124'N, 017°08.477'E and a shoal patch/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#shoal_patchDanger icon shoal patch [[Korčula (town)#shoal patch|shoal patch]] 42°57.551'N, 017°08.915'E being careful and paying attention to the chart is needed.

Entrance

Korčula (town) is a port of entry/exit for Croatia. For details see Entrance: Croatia.

Berthing

Yachts can moor to the W quay using their anchors}

Town quay

Town quay/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#Town_quay
Harbour icon Town quay [[Korčula (town)#Town quay|Town quay]] 42°57.683'N, 017°08.062'E
Port of Entry

With fresh to strong winds from the NE round to the SE, the quay on the NW side of Korcula old town offers much better shelter. Ferries and tripper boats use the outer section.

The small, recessed section next to the old tower of the town walls can be used by visiting yachts. There is room for 6-8 yachts to moor bows or stern-to using their anchors and taking lines ashore to the stainless steel staples along the quay.

Depths inside the recessed section are around 3.0 metres (at wall 2.2 m), out of it on the corner towards the beach the depths are 4.0 metres (at wall 3.0 metres). Holding is good in sand and weed. The shelter is good with S or E winds, but the quay is completely open from W round to N. There is a water pipe on the quay, but no electricity. Berthing fee HRK27 per metre + water and garbage HRK7 per metre.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina KorčulaMarina Korčula/wiki/Marina_Kor%C4%8Dula Marina icon – marina |
    - is situated immediately S of the old town and is partially sheltered from E winds by a long breakwater. 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. The shelter is good in all except strong SE winds, which cause an unpleasant swell in the marina. The marina quickly fills up during the busy months of July and August.

Anchorages

Uvala Luka quay is usually packed with tripper boats

U. Luka

U. Luka/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#U._Luka
Anchorage icon U. Luka [[Korčula (town)#U. Luka|U. Luka]] 42°57.163'N, 017°08.467'E

U. Luka is a popular anchorage in a long inlet immediately S of Korcula Town. It is close enough to walk into the town and is, therefore, a much cheaper alternative to Marina Korcula. In the approach from the E, note the shoal patch/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#shoal_patchDanger icon shoal patch [[Korčula (town)#shoal patch|shoal patch]] 42°57.551'N, 017°08.915'E around 400 metres NE of the headland on the E side of the inlet.

Anchor wherever you can find space. In the outer part (N of the tiny islet) anchor in 10 - 12 metres, being careful to avoid the pipeline that runs along the W side. In the inner part, S of the islet/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#isletDanger icon islet [[Korčula (town)#islet|islet]] 42°57.124'N, 017°08.477'E , anchor in 5.0 metres, being careful to avoid the small mooring buoys near the islet. Be sure to pass W of the islet (5.0 metres) and not E (1.0 metre). There is a long quay on the W side of the inlet, where depths are 2.0 - 2.5 metres, but this is usually chock full of tripper boats (see photo). Holding throughout the inlet is excellent in the mud. The shelter is good in all but very strong N winds. There are restaurants and café/bars ashore.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Town quay/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.5B.5B.23Town_quay.7CTown_quay.5D.5DWater icon Town quay [[Korčula (town)#Town quay|Town quay]] There is a water pipe on the quay

Marina Korčula/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.5B.5BMarina_Kor.C4.8Dula.5D.5DWater icon Marina Korčula [[Korčula (town)#Marina Korčula|Marina Korčula]] In every berth

Electricity Marina Korčula/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.5B.5BMarina_Kor.C4.8Dula.5D.5DElectricity icon Marina Korčula [[Korčula (town)#Marina Korčula|Marina Korčula]] In every berth
Toilets In the Marina Korčula
Showers In the Marina Korčula
Laundry In the Marina Korčula
Garbage Bins near the harbour and in the in the Marina Korčula
Supplies
Fuel INA, Marina Korčula/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#INA.2C_.5B.5BMarina_Kor.C4.8Dula.5D.5DFuel icon INA, Marina Korčula [[Korčula (town)#INA, Marina Korčula|INA, Marina Korčula]] 42°57.267'N, 017°08.904'E Fuel berth in a small inlet on E side of bay 500 metres S of harbour (0600 - 2200). Depths of only 1.8 metres alongside
Bottled gas None
Chandlers Marina Korčula/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.5B.5BMarina_Kor.C4.8Dula.5D.5DChandler icon Marina Korčula [[Korčula (town)#Marina Korčula|Marina Korčula]] Chandlery
Services
Repairs Marina Korčula/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.5B.5BMarina_Kor.C4.8Dula.5D.5DService icon Marina Korčula [[Korčula (town)#Marina Korčula|Marina Korčula]] Basic engine and other repair facilities
Internet WiFi Marina Korčula and in several internet cafes
Mobile connectivity Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS on the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?
Vehicle rentals In the Town/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#In_the_TownCar icon In the Town [[Korčula (town)#In the Town|In the Town]] Rental outlets
Health

Provisioning

In the Town/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#In_the_TownProvisions icon In the Town [[Korčula (town)#In the Town|In the Town]] Several supermarkets, butchers and other provisions.

In the Town/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#In_the_TownProvisions icon In the Town [[Korčula (town)#In the Town|In the Town]] Fruit and vegetable market.

In the Town/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#In_the_TownProvisions icon In the Town [[Korčula (town)#In the Town|In the Town]] Several shops sell the excellent local wines.

Marina Korčula/wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.5B.5BMarina_Kor.C4.8Dula.5D.5DProvisions icon Marina Korčula [[Korčula (town)#Marina Korčula|Marina Korčula]] Minimarket.

Eating out

  • In the Town
 /wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Korčula (town)# | ]] Numerous restaurants and café/bar.
 /wiki/Kor%C4%8Dula_(town)#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Korčula (town)# | ]] Restaurant.

Transportation

  • Frequent daily ferries to Orebic on the 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

Tourism

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.

Veliki Revelin, the land entrance to the old town
The cathedral has wonderful views from its bell tower
The streets of the old town from the cathedral bell tower

Links

For other useful websites, see Croatia.

References

See Croatia.

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