KORCULA TOWN AND LUMBARDA, KORCULA ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Korcula town and Lumbarda

Korcula town

Considered to be the birth place of Marco Polo, Korcula town is a beautifully preserved medieval town dating from the 13th Century. The town is fortified and positioned on a small elevated peninsula providing a commanding position over the strait between the island and the mainland. Today Korcula's narrow alleyways and town squares provide the setting for bars, restaurants, shops and galleries. There are many excellent restaurants and classy boutique hotels and a cocktail bar in one of the circular towers that form a part of the ancient fortifications. One of the most picturesque and important historic town in Croatia. Well worth a day trip.


Korcula Town
Korcula Town

Lumbarda

Lumbarda is a small, picturesque fishing village of about 1000 inhabitants, located on the eastern Korcula a short distance from Korcula town. Lumbarda, a village of pretty cottages and villas, sandy beaches, vineyards and olive groves, a sheltered harbour and small marina, restaurants, shops and cafes.


Just out of town but still within walking distance is Plaza Prizina (Prizina beach) a gorgeous sandy beach in a wide bay. There are beach bars and a bistro on the beach. With an abundance of sandy beaches Lumbarda is a great location for families with young children.


Lumbarda is a very relaxing and peaceful place, but there are plenty of shops, coffee bars and 14 restaurants, something for everyone's taste. Fishing is famous, and fresh fish and shellfish first class, prepared simply, the local way. The notable and strictly locally made white wine is called Grk and it is very delicious.


Lumbarda beach
Lumbarda beach
Lumbarda harbour
Lumbarda harbour

Buses and ferries

Buses from Lumbarda to the town of Korcula go regularly.


From the mainland town of Orebic it is just a 15 minute ferry ride to the harbour right below the walls of Korcula town. The car ferry docks further up the coats between Korcula and Lumbarda.


A day trip to the fabulous Dubrovnik is possible. A two hour drive once you are on the mainland. Or spend a relaxing day visiting the fantastic wineries and beaches on the mainland Peljesac peninsula.


Orebic

Orebic - think grand captain's houses with tropical plants along the sea promenade, long pebbly/sandy beach, romance and fun. That is how we would sum up this wonderful and friendly but elegant small town on the south of the Peljesac peninsula, looking across to the island of Korcula. A great, centuries long maritime tradition has brought prosperity to Orebic, and is still remembered in the town's Maritime Museum.


View from above Orebic towards Korcula
View from above Orebic towards Korcula

We would recommend Orebic to anyone, but it is especially suitable for families looking for an interesting but safe place to rest and play. The small town with seven fountains abounds with cafes and restaurants, easy to get to beaches, some of which have children's play areas. A car is not essential as everything is within walking distance. You will be spoilt for a choice of day trips - visit Dubrovnik, hop over to Mljet island and Korcula (15 minute ferry ride) for a magical experience, explore small pearly villages on the Peljesac peninsula, visit great wineries- one of them is in Orebic, the Korta Katarina which also has a good restaurant. All over Peljesac there are wineries producing one or other version of the red wine from the Plavac mali grape (Dingac, Postup, Plavac), white Posip and some rosé wines.


It is home to some lovely beaches, the main one in Orebic is of fine pebbles and sand (Trstenica beach) but there are quite a few sandy ones. Serious windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paragliding is in nearby Viganj. Other activities are diving among shipwrecks, hiking cycling, walking up the mountain to the 15th century Franciscan monastery with great views. Once a week from June to September the town offers wine and food tasting and there are performances of traditional Klapa music known as "The sounds of Dalmatia". There are music workshops in the local church. In July there is a shipbuilding workshop for children on the promenade in the town. If you are there in late September, there is a very enjoyable local championship in extreme and other sports, followed by special entertainment events (called Rozariada).


Family Grljusic runs a rural inn in a village of Gurića Selo, a small place located high in the hills above Orebić. They established a climbing venue, Hrid, next to the village. The site offers seven climbing routes, and they will be adding more. Experienced climbers can try it themselves, while beginners can learn the basics of rock climbing accompanied with a professional guide. Contact Gurica Selo, Orebić telephone: +385 (0)98 969 0141 or +385 (0)20 713 637 email: boris.grljusic@gmail.com


Getting there

cathch a bus from Dubrovnik (2 hours 30 min) or go by hire car or taxi. If you are arriving from the direction of Split take the ferry from Ploce which takes you to Trpanj from where it is ashort drive across the peninsular to Orebic.


Dubrovnik

Described as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik will not fail to impress with great City walls rising out of the brilliant Adriatic against a backdrop of steep mountainsides. Within the walls of the old town are some fine architecture and lively streets crammed with shops, cafes and restaurants. Walk the City walls to enjoy the beautiful roofscape of the old town and the seascape beyond. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and stroll down the cobbled streets and alleyways or relax in the cafes. During the summer months the Dubrovnik festival hosts concerts on most nights providing music of all types.


Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Castle wall
Castle wall
Beach near Dubrovnik
Beach near Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik

Gruz

Gruz is the port area of Dubrovnik where the cruise ships dock and where mega-yachts tie up at the quayside around this large and sheltered natural harbour. The gentle banks of Gruz harbour was where the Dubrovnik noblemen chose to build their fine summer palaces to escape the heat and bustle of the ancient city. Many of these stunning Renaissance buildings are still standing and some have been renovated as luxury hotels or spectacular private houses. Today Gruz is a shopping and commercial centre for Dubrovnik as well as a living museum of Renaissance architecture.


Eating Out

Dubrovnik offers everything from sophisticated restaurants in spectacular waterside locations to simple bistros in alleyways and side streets of the old town. The choice is endless. We can provide you with our recommendations.


Beaches

In Dubrovnik there are popular beaches all around the Lapad Peninsula. From the old town harbour ferries go regularly to the small island of Lokrum just a few minutes away, where Dubrovnik people traditionally like to go for a swim. A short distance down the coast there are sandy and shingle beaches at Kupari and Mlini.


Islands

The nearby islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep are easily reached by ferry from Dubrovnik. Much quieter but still historically interesting. Lopud has one of the best sandy beaches in the region which can be reached by walking across the narrow neck of the island from the town of Lopud. The charming harbour front village of Suderad on Sipanhas a well preserved fortified palace from the 15th century.


Trsteno

About 10km from Dubrovnik is the famous landscaped garden and arboretum of Trsteno a Mediterranean garden with a fine array of trees and breathtaking views. The gardens were created by the nobleman Ivan Gucetic in the grounds of his summer villa built between 1494 and 1502.


Tresteno Arboretum
Tresteno Arboretum
Suderad harbour, Sipan
Suderad harbour, Sipan

Our Villas in Korcula town and Lumbarda


Villa Danni
Villa Danni A classic Dalmatian villa in its own garden, with pool and terraces and sea views. Six bedrooms, six bathrooms. Internet. 50 metres away from a sandy beach.
Villa Daria
Villa Daria A four bedroom stone villa, with an infinity pool, directly on the beach, with its own path leading to the beach, in a fishing village with a sandy beach.
Villa Lara
Villa Lara A four bedroom, two bathroom modern stone villa with an additional loft space, with amazing sea views. 80m from the sea and a sandy beach. Partially air conditioned, and with fans provided. WiFi. BBQ. Parking.
Villa Lara Too
Villa Lara Too An attractive stone villa with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The villa is a short walk to Lumbarda beach. Private pool, summer kitchen, BBQ and outdoor seating area. Parking. Partial air conditioning and heating. Wifi. Sea and island views.


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