I have heard so many times how beautiful the island of Korčula is, but I was primarily interested in the city of Korčula itself.
Marco Polo, great explorer who traveled through Asia along the Silk Road, was (probably) born here. He was writing about his journeys and described to Europeans mysterious culture of the Eastern world. I will try to describe why I fell in love with Korčula and maybe that encourages some of you to visit.
This is what the scene of my arrival on the island looked like: the air was warm, the coast was lined with blue water and I watched the last light of the day sink below the islands dotting the horizon. Welcome to Korčula, a place I have dreamed of visiting for a very long time.
The town of Korčula is located on the northeastern part of the island with the beautiful Pelješac in the background, represents in many ways a unique rational urban regulation and is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval town in general. I think what makes Korčula different and unique is its fishbone shape. Due to the limited space, bordered by the sea the existing space was used to the end by narrow streets and cramped squares. Those are the places to meet and discover the charms of this town, restaurants, shops, churches everything is crammed into them.
I had to try some local delicacies. Good wine is always good idea (Grk, Pošip, Rukatac, Plavac Mali) but something sweet (for me) is better one. Amareta is traditional dessert prepared with ground almonds, usually enriched with grated lemon or orange zest. It’s soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, and the flavour is divine.
I adore sunsets, but early summer mornings without people on the streets (only few cats) were my favourite part of the day. Beginning of the day in Korčula seemed to be made for me. Soaking up the warmth of the sun, eating fine breakfast and enjoying the sound of crickets. I didn’t need anything more than that.
Moreška is traditional sword dance, two groups of men in skirts and handsome boots fighting for a girl. I’m maybe a little bit sarcastic, but this dance is a really valuable tradition of this town, several hundred years old. If you have a chance to see I definitely recommend it.
TIP: If you are looking for more secluded beaches, visit the Korčula archipelago, the largest island Badija or nearby Vrnik.
I hope you like this little photo diary I put together to share my time adventuring around Korčula. Let me know if you have visited Croatia and how did you like it. If anyone has any feedback I’d be so appreciative to receive your comments and questions below.