One of the most popular destinations in Croatia is the walled city of Dubrovnik. However, there is yet another walled town in the country that is also worth exploring. It is no other than Korcula Town. It may not have the size and grandeur of…
One of the most popular destinations in Croatia is the walled city of Dubrovnik. However, there is yet another walled town in the country that is also worth exploring. It is no other than Korcula Town. It may not have the size and grandeur of Dubrovnik but it sure does have much charm, beauty and culture to offer its visitors.
The walls of Korcula and its eight watchtowers date back to the 15th century and were built to keep invaders away. Today, instead of guards keeping watch, you will find various attractions housed in some of the towers. The tower of Veliki Revelin, in particular, is now home to a museum and a collection of the island’s heritage treasures.
There is also a lovely cafe in one of the towers where you can be sure to enjoy not only a wonderful cup of coffee but spectacular views of the bay as well. The restaurants and cafes along the walls are also perfect spots to enjoy the picturesque panorama of the ocean and the various boats and cruises that go in and out of the harbor.
An exploration of the walled town is a must and doing so on your feet is the right way to do it. Its narrow cobble stone streets and a line of beautiful houses are a delight to walk around. There are also several splendid churches to check out and some museums to visit while you are there.
You cannot miss the Cathedral of St. Mark if you happen to pass by the main square. It is the site’s centerpiece and its looming bell tower can be seen from all parts of town. Its facade features beautiful intricate stone work but the cathedral’s main attraction is waiting inside. If you are an art and history enthusiast, you will be pleased with the Renaissance art and the ancient manuscripts housed inside St. Mark’s Cathedral.
For more historical finds, all you have to do is cross the main square from the cathedral and you will be at the threshold of Korcula Town’s Museum. It’s collection of ancient relics, beautifully carved sculptures and various works of art will surely charm those who share these interests. Moreover, your historical tour of the town is not complete without a stop over at Marco Polo’s house. It is now converted into a museum and offers an insight into this historical giant’s past. (And yes they claim he was born here).
You may also want to witness a cultural performance that is unique to the island of Korcula. It is an exciting and passionate sword dance called Moreska. To catch a performance, pass by the tourist office. It is where you can check out the schedule of performances and buy admission tickets as well.
Do not spend all your time within the walled town of Korcula because the island has plenty more delights to offer. One such offering is the village of Vela Luka. It is the perfect spot to go on a hike and discover lovely spots along the way. Vela Luka is a scenic area to explore with its vineyards and olive groves accompanying you along the way. Follow the path that will take you to the coastline and you will soon find yourself in a stunningly secluded cove or a beautiful rocky beach where you can spend the rest of the day just lazing around and taking in the beauty of your location.
There are still plenty more settlements and fishing villages to explore in Korcula such as those of Lumbarda, Zrnovo and Vrnik, among others. There are also nearby islands and islets that you may want to visit while you are there. So, take your time when visiting Korcula and plan well in advance so that you can cover as many exciting destinations as you want.