Korcula: Croatia's Enchanting Island Escape
Due to its dense forests, the ancient Greeks and Latins called it Korkyra Nigra, or Black Korcula. Although the name is attractive and somewhat mystical, today's Korčula is woven of colours and colourful views that rest the eyes and soul. Due to the mild Mediterranean climate, it is a great place to relax all year round, but it is shown in its greatest splendor in summer. The same is true for many destinations on our coast. However, the island of Marco Polo is still unique for its preserved stone town, hidden beaches, world-famous vines, and spectacular sunsets accompanied by dolphins.
The Historic Heart: Town of Korcula
Surrounded by walls and towers that were once used for defence, the town of Korcula is built of stone. It is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Inside the old town are hidden narrow streets, countless stairs, and charming passages set in the shape of a fishbone to better protect residents and to allow comfortable airflow. Such a carefully designed layout makes the old town a real architectural marvel. Discover all its charms on foot, let history embrace you, and tell you a story of times gone by.
Echoes of Marco Polo and Age-old Traditions
Residents of the town of Korcula are proud to tell the story of its famous resident, Marco Polo. This adventurer and merchant was captured in the battle between Genoa and Venice in 1298, and during this captivity, the work "Il Millione" was written, in which he described his travels in the Far East. And while some historians say that Polo may have been from Venice, the people of Korcula do not want to hear about it. Try to find out the truth for yourself by visiting the house and tower of Marco Polo. There is also an exhibition of the same name for true history lovers.
One of the most famous sights of Korcula is the Cathedral of St.Mark, dating back to the 15th century. From its bell tower, you can enjoy an impressive view of the archipelago of small islands, and thanks to the exceptional acoustics, the cathedral is today a favourite place for classical music concerts. Near the ferry port is the main entrance to the historic city centre - the Land Gate - where you will find two important symbols of Korcula's history: a plaque with the winged lion of St. Mark as a symbol of the Venetian Republic and a memorial plaque on the thousandth anniversary of the coronation of the first Croatian king Tomislav.
Take easy steps along the beautiful promenades of Korcula by the sea, and when you want a break from exploring the city, climb to the unusual semicircular building - the Zakerjan Tower. This tower was built from 1481 to 1483 and was designed and built by the local master Marko Andrijic. Today, you will find here a beautiful Cafee-Bar with a breathtaking view. Massimo Cocktail Bar offers visitors refreshing summer drinks, great music, and spectacular sunsets.
Celebrating Music and Dance: The Soul of Korcula
Another proof of Korcula's commitment to tradition and cultural heritage is undoubtedly Moreska, a knightly dance with swords that Korculans have played for centuries. The drama-music spectacle will tell you the story of the black and white king and their fight for the girl's love. Regular performances are held until October and are an unavoidable experience for all who visit the town of Korcula. Company and moštra are also performed throughout the island, as well as traditional dances.
Klapas (Men's choirs) are another indispensable part of Korcula's heritage. Klapa singing is included in the European intangible cultural heritage list, and you can enjoy it almost every night throughout the island. Top a capella performers also gather at festivals. The performance of vocal masters and fine wines is a great way to enjoy summer evenings.
A Toast to Korcula's Wine Heritage
So far, you have probably noticed the versatility and richness of Korcula's offer, but its wines should definitely be added to this long list. Although almost every Croatian island can boast of good local wines, it is primarily red wines. At the same time, Korcula offers mostly white wines of enviable quality. First, there are the autochthonous wines Posip and Grk, which you can't find anywhere else. It is difficult to say whether the 'Greek' was named after his bitter taste due to the sandy vineyards of Lumbarda or after the Greeks who, in the 3rd century BC, lived in the area of Korcula. But it is a known fact that it goes great with all seafood! Legend has it, however, that the sorceress Kirk kept Odysseus and his soldiers right here. She did not turn them into pigs, as Homer claims, but simply - they got drunk on the Greek. Perhaps this was indeed the case, as one of the peculiarities of this wine is that it is made only for female flowers.
Bask on Korcula's Pristine Shores
Korcula has so many beautiful beaches that it is almost impossible to single out the most beautiful. Of course, you can frolic in the sea if you stay in the town of Korcula, but there are several other gems that would be a shame to miss. If you ask the locals where the most beautiful beaches on Korcula are, they will always tell you: in the south of the island. One is Pupnatska Luka, in all magnificent shades of blue and turquoise. There are two roads to it, and of course, we recommend the paved one.
Savor the Flavors of Korcula
Korcula's gastronomy is top-notch and offers something for everyone, whether you like traditional dishes or are more of a type for modern recipes. On the other hand, the high quality of local olive oil and fresh seafood will delight every lover of Mediterranean cuisine. In any case, the option is abundant - as many as three Korcula restaurants are mentioned in the Michelin guide!