Korčula old town

Address: Old Town, Korčula, 20260, Croatia

- Free


Explore the medeival stone buildings of Marco Polo's supposed birthplace.

I love Korčula's medieval historic centre, sitting compact on a small peninsular, protected by Venetian-era walls and sturdy bastions. You'll find the top attractions on the main square - the splendid Gothic-Renaissance cathedral, with a finely carved portal and elegant bell tower, and the Town Museum, housed in a 16th-century Renaissance palazzo. Another popular sight is the so-called Marco Polo House, a modest medieval stone building where locals claim the 13th-century epic traveller was born. Nearby, you’ll find the old town’s only hotel, the lovely Lesic Dimitri Palace. Thanks to its beautifully preserved old stone buildings, Korčula old town is on the UNESCO world heritage site’s ‘tentative’ list.

Value for money

Price advice

Entry into the old town is free. You pay to see inside the Cathedral, the Town Musuem and the Marco Polo House.

Expert tips

Walk up the hill behind the old town for great photos down onto the terracotta rooftops.

The avoid the summer crowds, try to explore the old town in the early-morning or the evening.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture