Korcula Travel Summary

Korcula is the sixth-largest Adriatic island and its crowning jewel is the Korcula Town know as Little Dubrovnik.

The Korcula Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Korcula:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island:

Sitting idyllically on a narrow peninsula Korcula Town’s architecture is influenced by Venetian occupancy and is characterised by its medieval city walls, churches, palaces and terracotta-roofed buildings.  The Old Town is encircled by a medieval wall with an impressive gate at the front and plenty of restaurants, shops and cafes to explore inside. The town has an array of impressive Gothic, Renaissance style buildings and cobblestone streets perfect for exploring.

The rocky, indented coastline offers numerous secluded beaches and bays, breathtaking hilltop views, including a small and uninhabited archipelago consisting of sixteen islets, which can be explored by boat or kayak.  The island is characterised by its dark pine forests, vineyards, olive groves interspersed by beautiful fishing villages and idyllic beaches and coves.  It’s dark, dense pine forests inspired the Ancient Cnidian Greeks to name it Melaina Korkyra (Black Corfu, as their homeland region was once known), when they settled there in 6 BC.

Korcula is also is famous as being the birthplace of Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) the famous world-traveller, writer and Venetian merchant, is reputed to have been born.

2. What to See:

St Mark’s Cathedral

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • St Mark’s Cathedral is a 15th-century cathedral, built from Korčula limestone in a Gothic-Renaissance style located the centre of Korčula
  • The cathedral was built by local masons and craftsmen who built the building using limestone from the island
  • Taking three centuries to build, it features several styles, including Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque
  • The entrance has statues of Adam & Eve, and the cathedral houses a bronze statue of St. Blaize, sculpted by a renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović
  • Climb up the bell for panoramic views over Korcula and out over the Adriatic Sea

 

Korčula Town Walls

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Owing to it strategic location in this part of the Adriatic, Korčula Old Town has been surrounded by for centuries by its medieval walls
  • They represent one Croatia‘s finest surviving fortified medieval walls
  • The entrance to the Old Town is through the Land Gate. The gate’s front is covered by a triumphal arch built in honour of commander Leonardo Foscolo, who was instrumental in the defence of Dalmatia during the 17th century
  • Above this gate is also the Revelin tower which you can partially climb up for some scenic views
  • Check out 5th-century Large Governor’s Tower and Small Governor’s Tower
  • The Bokar Tower or Kanavelic Tower protects Korcula Town on the northwest side

 

Korčula Town Museum

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Housed within the 16th-century Gabriellis Palace, this museum traces the history and culture of Korčula throughout the ages
  • There is also a permanent exhibition of Korcula’s sculptor Frano Krsinic (1897 – 1982)

 

House of Marco Polo

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) the famous world-traveller, writer and Venetian merchant
  • Climb to the top for some excellent views of the Old Town

 

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