The ancient Greeks called Korcula ‘The Black Island’ because of the dense, dark forests that cover the island and it is still one of the greenest of the islands in the Adriatic. Korcula Town resembles nothing so much as an over-sized sandcastle jutting out into the sea. It’s a medieval walled city that was occupied by the Venetians more or less continuously for eight hundred years from the tenth century on. They left their distinctive mark on the culture and architecture of the town. Korcula Town is famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo and for its Moreska sword dance which is performed weekly during the summer months for the benefit of visitors to the island.
Another event worth coinciding with is the annual seaborne re-enactment of the 1298 Battle of Korcula, which takes place in early September. The Old Town of Korcula has plenty in the way of historic sites worth visiting. The Church of Our Lady is paved with the tombstones of Korculan nobles and doubles up as a gallery for local artists in the summer months, while the façade of St Mark’s Cathedral has an outstanding rose window and a cornice carved with strange beasts and there is more intriguing stone carving and a Tintoretto altar piece in the interior. The Bishop’s Treasury next door has an excellent small art collection which includes works by Bassano, Tiepolo and Carpaccio and the Icon Gallery houses a display of icons in the rooms of the All Saints’ Brotherhood.
After all that culture, you’ll be in the mood for a nice cold drink and something to eat. Korcula Town has plenty of options – with everything from pizza to seafood on offer. Make sure to try some of the excellent local wines too – Grk, Posip and Rukatac are the ones to look out for. In the evenings, the bars along the seafront promenade are where everyone tends to congregate. Korcula Town has some interesting shops as well as a daily fruit and vegetable market. There is something of the feel of Croatia’s capital in its effortless blend of ancient and modern earning it the nickname of Little Dubrovnik.
- Berth as directed in the marina. Things get busy in July and August so it is worth reserving a berth in advance.
- If the marina is full, moor bow or stern-to on the town quay, on the west side of the old town.
- Explore the sights of the Old Town
- Laundry service
- Internet cafe
- Bars and restaurants