Places to Visit on Korcula Island – Racisce Village

Villages of Korcula - Racisce on Korcula Island

About Racisce

Racisce, actually written Račišće in Croatian, is a small village located on the north coast of Korcula Island. It is situated in a deep, well protected bay with houses dotted around and with fertile rolling hills as a back -drop. Racisce is one of the newest settlements on Korcula Island, established at the time refugees flocked to its shores in the 19th century. Many skilled sailors and fishermen have come from the village, which also used to harbour several large wooden boats used for shipping or trade during the late 19th century into the 20th century. It provides the perfect place for a tranquil retreat, as well as offering some wonderful walking, hiking & cycling trails, ideal for the more active traveller.

Old Photos of Korcula Island - Fishing harbour of Racisce bay

Getting There

From Korcula Town

  • Jadrolinija car ferry from Orebic (on Peljesac mainland, if driving up from Dubrovnik or down from Split) to Korcula. Schedule & reservations HERE
  • Jadrolinija passenger catamaran from Split to Korcula Town. Schedule & reservations HERE
  • Kapetan Luka passenger catamaran from Split to Korcula Town. Schedule & reservations HERE
  • The drive from Korcula to Racisce is 13kms / 15 minutes
  • Autotrans bus from Korcula to Racisce. Schedule & reservations HERE
  • Taxi from Korcula to Smokvica costs approx. €23
  • You can cycle from Korcula to Racisce, it’s a straight-forward coastal road all the way (takes approx. 45 minutes – 1 hour)

TIP: You can hire cars, bikes and scooters from Korcula Town at a reasonable cost (cars being a little more expensive). There are several rental agencies offering this, try Kaleta or Korkyra Info.

Getting Around

Racisce is small so you can easily walk around the village. For sure you will want to head to the beaches of Vaja or Samograd, which are located a little way out of the village. You can walk to both of the beaches, cycle or drive (although be cautious driving to Samograd as the track is not always easily passable by road vehicle).

Where to Stay

There is a hotel of sorts in Racisce, but the best choice of accommodation would be in private apartments, rooms or villas. You’ll find plenty to choose from around the bay, many of which include wonderful views looking out to sea. Gorana’s place, located in a pretty waterfront building, offers apartments and rooms for rent. The Racisce studio apartment comfortably sleeps 2-3 people and if you stay here, you’ll love the views from the private balcony; you probably won’t want to leave!

Apartment to rent in Racisce on Korcula Island

Where to Eat & Drink

Racisce offers 3 restaurants. Bistro Cin-Cin is a friendly cafe/bar and restaurant which serves great value pizzas, pasta, salads and sandwiches and the wine & beer comes cheap! This place was our haven when we got lost a few years back and missed the bus home! Vala Konoba is nestled in a small courtyard next to the small church and again serves good food at a reasonable price. This TripAdvisor review sums up the menu nicely: “straightforward Croatian. Fullstop. Meat. Fish. French Fries. Vegetables. Salad”. Hotel-Restaurant Mediteran completes the Racisce food-scene and is particularly popular with locals hanging out drinking coffee and wine. It’s also the venue for local events which take place through-out the year.

Head just 3 kilometres east to the small bay of Kneza where you’ll also find a couple of more places to eat. The popular Bistro Dalmatino is set up on a fabulous waterfront location with a small private beach in front of the restaurant to swim. Choose something from the grill – meat, sea-food or fish.

Where to eat & drink in Racisce, Korcula Island

Other Amenities

Other than a small Studenac supermarket, a post office and fishermen selling their day’s catch, there aren’t any other amenities in Racisce village. Korcula Town is just a 20 minute drive away where you will find larger supermarkets, ATMs, butchers, fish markets, a pharmacy and a petrol station. There’s also a small green-grocer in the next bay of Kneza.

Village on Korcula - Map of Racisce village on Korcula Island

Things to do

Churches: There are two churches which you can visit in Racisce: the smaller Church of Our Lady which was built in the 1600s by the arriving refugees and St Nicholas Church, the larger & more modern parish church built at the end of the 19th century. 

Church in Racisce - St Nicholas Parish Church - Korcula Island

Walking/Cycling: There are many marked and hidden paths surrounding Racisce, providing fantastic views over the mainland peninsula, Peljesac. A simple walk is to head up the hill behind the village where you will be rewarded with fabulous panoramic views of this quaint village. A longer walk will take you up through the olive groves and into the countryside, all the way to the village of Pupnat. You can cycle in either direction past Samograd towards Prigradica or the scenic coastal route back towards Korcula Town.

Walking on Korcula Island - Walking route between Korcula & Racisce

Hit the beach: Racisce is home to arguably two of the most beautiful and secluded beaches on Korcula Island. You need to head out of centre up the step hill. Straight ahead, around a 15 minute walk away, you’ll reach Vaja, a brilliant turquoise-blue bay with large white pebbles and the clearest water for snorkelling. Heading to the left as you leave the village centre and around a 30 minute walk away, you’ll reach Samograd, an aqua deep bay with smaller white pebbles. You’ll rarely see anyone else at Samograd even during the peak season. There’s no amenities on the beach so take snacks & water.

Play Boche: Next to Bistro Cin-Cin you will see a boche pitch. This bowl-type game (la boule) is popular across Korcula and you’ll find pitches in lots of places. The idea is to throw heavy metal balls under-arm along the length of the pitch, aiming to get as close as possible to the jack. You can be sure there will be a friendly local hovering nearby to give you some tips!

Local Korcula cat playing on the boche pitche in Racisce on Korcula Island

Visit Samograd Cave: The composition of Korcula Island is nearly all rock and to be more specific: limestone, marl and dolomite. A landscape made up of these rocks is known as a karst landscape as water on its own or slightly acidic water erodes the stone through time (millions of years). This is what has happened to Korcula and why there are so many caves. There are dozens of cave sites on Korcula but one of the most impressive and less explored due to its remote location is Samograd Spila.

Karst landscape of Korcula Island - Near Samograd cave in Racisce

Patron Saint Day: As a Catholic country, celebration of local saints is important to the residents of Korcula. Racisce celebrates Our Lady of Perpetual Help on May 24. After a special mass, local people join in a procession around the village accompanied by singing.

Patron Saint's Day in Racisce - Religious celebrations on Korcula Island

 

Music and Food festivals: Through-out the summer Racisce hosts live concerts of musical group and Klapa perfomances as well culinary evening including the Seaman’s Night at the end of July. Keep informed of events via the Korcula Tourist Board.

Village of Korcula - Views of Racisce village: Harbour of Racisce

Olive Picking: If you are walking amongst the numerous olive groves in late October into November, be sure to help the locals harvest their olives.

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7 thoughts on “Places to Visit on Korcula Island – Racisce Village

  1. We visited Racisce in June 2015 and loved its peaceful village environment. We were also impressed by the studenac shop keeper who kept the shop open a few extra minutes at lunchtime so we could buy some water, bread and fruit for our walk to Vaja beach? The beach was magnificent with crystal clear water and very steep track down the cliff to get there. The locals we met on the bus from Korcula were very friendly and welcoming too, giving us clear directions to the beach and sharing stories of how their aunts and mums scrabbled up and down the steep hills collecting branches to fed their goats in the early and mid 1900s. A great place for a day trip from Korcula town!

  2. Tilly sumich says:

    Most amazing birthplace for me.I left when I was six years old and have been back many times and it still holds a most special place in my heart..all my ancestors and the history there it is such a lovely little village.
    The summers there aware always enjoyable with tourists and travellers visiting and just so much going on.the blue waters are so serene.
    A truly must to go and visit

  3. Ivan Josip Unkovic says:

    In 1989 I was fortunate enough to vist Racisce and Blato where my father Ljubomir Unkovic and my mother Franica Bacic where born in 1913 and 1923 respectively.

    My father’s family migrated to Australia in 1928 and my mother came to Perth in 1952 as a proxy bride … when I returned I met one complete half of my family, the Bacic’s of Blato.

    On a sunny morning in June my cousin Ante Bacic took me fishing in the Jadranski More and we all returned to Prizba to eat our catch. When the men started singing after our meal I burst into tears.

    I love the country of my birth but I know that the land of my father and mother is the place to which I can return whenever my heart or thoughts wander.

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