Korcula is an island which forms part of the region of Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Croatia. It is the largest and the most forested island in an archipelago of 48 islands in the Adriatic Sea.
Reputed to be the birth place of Marco Polo, Korcula is a very attractive, medieval town worth visiting. The island of Korcula is characterized by its dense woods that led the original Greek settlers to call it Korkyra Melaina (Black Korcula). It is dotted with numerous indented coves, rolling hills and also a walled-town that resembles a miniature Dubrovnik.
The Korcula coastline is blessed with many pebble beaches and little inlets that offer a warm and tranquil atmosphere. Adding to this it enjoys a mild climate and its isolation on the Adriatic Sea provides visitors peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Due to its perfect location, Korcula is also a renowned yacht charter destination and also a haven for windsurfing as it enjoys the warm sea breeze of the Adriatic Sea.
The Korcula ACI Marina can accommodate more than 220 yachts measuring up to 80m long and is within easy distance to some marinas in Dubrovnik.
During the summer season, Korcula attracts many visitors who come to attend the regattas held along its coast. Korcula is a perfect cruising ground to explore the 50 islets scattered in the area where you can enjoy some scenic views of the island.
During your visit in the town of Korcula which lies at the North of the island, you will have the opportunity to explore the famous Cathedral of Saint Mark which lies in the old part of the town. The cathedral is characterized by its Gothic structure and dates back to the 14th century and is accessible by a Baroque stairway.
You can also visit the Memorial Museum which is today a small summer mansion hosting the personal documents and the various paintings of the famous artist, Maksimi-li-jan Vanka.
During the peak season, I recommended not to miss the Festival of the Moreska, an old festival dating back from the 15th century with old knights’ dances and various celebrations.
Vacation in Korcula also means that you can enjoy all the swimming opportunities that are abound in the numerous quiet coves and secluded beaches.
You can also taste the local wines (especially the dessert) of Korcula that are reputed to be the finest in Croatia.