Because of its cultural heritage and numerous legends told over the generations it is
undoubtedly one of the most interesting islands in the Croatian Adriatic. Apart from the
town of Kor?ula, other towns on the island that are worth mentioning are Lumbarda and Vela
Luka.The legend has it that in the 12th c. B.C. the town was founded by the Trojan hero
Antenor, while Greco-Roman writers recorded the town as Korkyra Melania. The Latin name
Corcyra Nigra (black Korčula) was given to the island because of its dense woods.
Since time immemorial the inhabitants of Korčula have been known as skilled stone masons,
shipbuilders and seafarers. The local masters built the Gothic cathedral of St. Mark over
as many as 150 years. Today, it proudly stands in the center of the town as its most
valuable building. Among other numerous buildings of immeasurable beauty, are Arneri
Palace, Renaissance Gabrielis Palace (16th c.) presently housing the Town Museum, former
Bishop's Palace (17th c.) with the rich Abbey Treasury, Town Hall (16th c.), chapel of Our
Lady of Ploče, the Land Gate (17th c.) that leads to Revelin, the grand tower (15th c.).
For many years now Korčula has been a major tourist destination because of its various
types of accommodation, wide variety of sports and leisure activities, especially
watersports and many organized trips to a number of destinations.
Particularly interesting is the cultural and entertainment program. For the last two years
the Festival of knightly games has been held in Korčula, whose highlight are the old
knightly games "Moreška" and "Kompanja" preserved until today only in
Kor~ula. A traditional festivity is the carnival, processions in the Holy Week and the
impressive procession on Good Friday. During the summer there is music entertainment,
theater and folklore performances, sports events and sailing regattas.
Tourist Association of the Town of Korčula
Obala Vinka Paletina b.b.
Tel.: 020/715-701, 715-867