Here’s our round up of some of the best events taking place on Korcula Island in 2018. What will you be taking part in?
1. Sign up to one of our new tours. New for 2018 we have the Taste of Korcula Tour highlighting the island through it’s food and drink and the Self Guided Korcula Instagram Tours. There are three to choose from, each revealing facts about Korcula Island and taking you to some fantastic spots to take photos.
2. Easter celebrations during Holy Week in Korcula are one of the most impressive displays of island tradition. Come and watch the brotherhood processions over the week 25 March – 2 April.
3. Some of Korcula Island’s best restaurants will showcase local flavours and ingredients throughout the Spring Food & Wine Festival taking place during the period 27 April – 5 May.
4. When you come to Korcula Island, you have to sample some fresh seafood. Throughout the summer Fisherman Nights take place across the island, with mouthwatering mackerel and squid cooked on the grill. In Lumbarda, Fisherman nights take place on Fridays, in Vela Luka on Thursdays and the bay of Brna also plays host for a few evenings in July & August.
5. The Island of Korcula produces some fine wines and there are several wine events taking place this summer where you can sample a few glasses yourself. The Black Island White Wine event in Korcula Town on 22 July (starts at 20:00 in St Justine’s Square) features produces from across the whole island. The Grk Wine Festival takes place in Lumbarda for three Sundays in late July & in August. The villages of Cara and Smokvica play host to Posip Days from 28 July until 4 August, were local vintners open their cellar doors for tastings.
6. The delicious local island meal, Zrnovski Makaruni, is celebrated during a feast day dedicated to this rolled pasta and sauce dish. Taking place in the village of Zrnovo on 12 August from 18:00, local ladies line the square rolling makaruni, whilst a tasty sauce bubbles away in huge pots. Come fill your belly!
7. Traditionally marking the opening of the summer season, the Sword Dance Festival takes place in Korcula Town on 15 June from 20:00. It showcases the island’s three sword dances Moreska, Kumpanija and Mostra.
8. It’s time to come and party on 30 June when Korcula Town celebrates Half New Year. Locals and tourists alike don their best fancy dress outfits and dance the night away to live music and a DJ.
9. With so many sea-faring people on Korcula, it’s probably no surprise that inhabitants compete against each other to show off their rowing abilities. In June a boat race is staged from Kneze to Korcula and the annual regatta in Vela Luka is held on St John’s feast day (24 June). Come and cheer on the oarsmen to the finish line.
10. In one of the most spectacular locations to compete, the 8th Marco Polo Triathlon Challenge returns to Korcula Island on 28 April. Whether you take part in the competition or there to support, it’s a fun day out in hopefully the sun.
11. Staged in stunning venues across the island, the Baroque Music Festival returns to Korcula for a 7th time between 1 – 16 September. The line up features some of the finest Croatian & International Baroque ensemble and soloists artists.
12. As a musical island, Korcula also plays host to a couple of Jazz Festivals typically featuring local and international artists . In July you can enjoy the Jazz Summer Festival over a couple of nights in Korcula Town and in Vela Luka in August.
13. At the beginning of August the Kumpanija Knights group reconstruct the Battle of Gica in the town of Blato. In 1571 a fierce battle broke out between invading pirates and local people defending their town. You’ll have to watch the battle to find out who was victorious!
14. Korcula has a long standing water polo tradition. In August local teams in Korcula Town and also in Vela Luka compete to become each town’s victors. It’s a very popular event which involves a lot of cheering and flag swinging.
15. Maybe one for the kids, but even adults can get involved during the donkey racing held in Lumbarda on several days during the summer program. Sign up and race for the prize, a prsut ham!
16. If you’re visiting Korcula during the Spring, you’ll likely you see locals foraging for wild asparagus. To celebrate this delicious vegetable, children from a local school will be serving delicious asparagus dishes on 28 April from 10:30.
17. From May you can taste and buy home made products by local producers at the Flavours of Korcula event every Wednesday evening in Korcula Town (at the Rotunda market circle). Local products include wine, olive oil and preserves.
18. A little further afield…So technically not events taking place on Korcula but if you are visiting the island for several days you may want to take a day trip elsewhere. You’ll find plenty going on just across the channel on the Peljesac Peninsula. The Ston Oyster Festival on 17 March is a great event to try delicious seafood and wine. Come and cheer on the participants competing in the 2018 Viganj Slalom Open and enjoy the day at this pretty Peljesac seaside town.
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