Exploring the Island of Korcula, Croatia

The Adriatic has no shortages of camera-friendly stops, but even on this list, one of the most beautiful halts comes on the island of Korcula.

Korcula is amongst Croatia’s most popular islands. Cruise liners, charters, private boats, and the daily ferry make sure there is no shortage of visitors during the summer months. Its popularity with travelers seems befitting considering a local legend that claims the explorer Marco Polo was born on the island. A claim backed up by the obligatory museum and multiple Marco Polo shops.

Korcula Town – The main attraction on the island is Korcula Town, a walled town sometimes referred to as “Little Dubrovnik.” And it is, but with the additional advantage of saner prices and a smaller number of tourist traps. Much of the old town construction dates back to the 15th century, and most structures were built using traditional architecture techniques and the local white stone. It gives the small town a fairly grand effect.

Vela Luka – The other significant settlement on the island is Vela Luka. The town is located by a large bay; it is surrounded by coves, beaches, and islets, and adding to the ambience inland are vineyards, olive groves and forested hills. This is also the place to catch up on some culture, with several local music and folklore performances on the offer.

Other Stops – If you have time on hand, explore the smaller settlements on the island. There are a number of fishing villages – explore Lumbarda, Vrnik, Zrnovo and Smokvica – that offer tours of vineyards, olive groves, treks and culinary adventures, making for the perfect day trips.  I’d also recommend visiting the Dalmatian coast island of Palmizana.

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