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The Croatian Island of Korčula

  • July 17, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
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The Croatian Island of Korčula

We knew very little about our next port of call on our Mediterranean Cruise. In fact I’d never heard of the Croatian Island of Korčula. Probably because the Croatian islands of Viz and Hvar are more well known and popular with the sailing boats that cruise around the Adriatic Sea off the coastline of Croatia. All we knew was that Korčula is sometimes referred to as “mini Dubrovnik” and that it claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo.

I'd never heard of the Croatian Island of Korčula.

A map showing the location of Korcula off the coast of Croatia

So with those two impressive facts in my mind I was looking forward to seeing this less frequented island. Korčula is the sixth largest Croatian Island and is known for its greenery and dense forest. The main town Korčula Town, where we disembarked from our cruise ship, has an Old Town with medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses. There’s also smaller towns and villages dotted around on the island that are worth exploring.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Korcula Old Town view from our ship

Korčula Harbour

Our ship was moored a little way out from Korčula Harbour and as we boarded the tender boat there were dark clouds looming on the horizon. It looked as though it was going to pour down rain at any moment, so donning raincoats and carrying brollies, we quickly scampered for cover.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Stormy grey skies above Korcula Old Town Fortress

The Old Town itself is set on a small peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides. There were plenty of brightly coloured fishing boats and magnificent yachts moored in the bays and the marinas. It was such a pretty town from the sea, even with grey skies above.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

The fortified walls of Korcula Old Town

After we realised the threat of rain had dispersed we walked through the narrow streets of the town around to another bay and marina, ogling the many beautiful yachts.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

A marina full of beautiful yachts in Korcula Town

We then followed the bay around past a few restaurants and a big resort to a second bay. With our morning exercise out of the way, we turned around and walked back the other direction past the old town to a convent and church located by the water.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

One of the pretty bays of Korcula Town

The Croatian Island of Korcula

A church with waterfront views

Korčula Old Town

Market stalls had been setup around the exterior of the Old Town walls and being the shopping tragic that I am, I browsed these for a while. My two female travel companions and I were on a mission to purchase a couple of Captain’s caps that we were making the boys wear for my husband’s birthday the next day in Split. It’s a long story, but this has been a tradition of ours since travelling with the same friends on two previous occasions. Whoever has the birthday, must wear the hat that the wives have chosen for the occasion!

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Staircase into the Old Town

We entered the Old Town via the staircase through the land gate with Revelin Tower hovering above.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Revelin Tower at the land gate entry into the Old Town

Although this 13th century fortress is a lot smaller than Dubrovnik, it is very well preserved and has many remarkable medieval buildings.

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One of the narrow laneways in the Old Town

The narrow streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Cathedral of St Mark in Korcula Old Town

The town’s historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St Mark, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. Located in the Gabrielis Palace, is the Town Museum which is an outstanding example of 15th and 16th century residential architecture in the centre of the old town.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

The detailing on an old renaissance building in the Old town

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Medieval Church in the Old Town

Marco Polo

But by far the biggest attraction in Korčula Old Town is the supposed house that the famous Venetian explorer, Marco Polo was born in. The actual house does not originate from the times of Marco Polo (but was built in the 17th century). However we found it is still worth a poke around – at least to go up its watchtower for some great views.

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Marco Polo House in the Old Town

Around the Old Town we discovered numerous places and things named after him, like shops and souvenirs. Given the fact that Marco Polo was a seafarer and adventurer he certainly was prominent in the local area and the Adriatic Sea. So maybe there is an iota of truth in the claim.

The Croatian Island of Korcula

Marco Polo Shop in Korcula Town

Korčula Waterfront Dining

We stopped for a coffee at a bar with brightly printed vinyl chairs on the promenade overlooking the bay. The cafe/bar was the perfect place to perch oneself to people-watch and enjoy the sun that had finally emerged from the dark cloudy skies of earlier on in the day.

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Waterfront Cafe/Bar on Korcula Promenade

On the other side of the peninsula of the Old Town and outside the walls there are many waterfront restaurants all in a row. We strolled around a few times before we could decide on a place to eat lunch. Although the day was sunny, the breeze was decidedly brisk coming straight off the water.

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Strolling around the Waterfront Restaurants just outside the Old Town walls

We finally chose a table in the sun and all agreed that the special of the day – homemade vegetable soup and sour dough bread, sounded appetising. This was all washed down nicely with a pint of the local Croatian beer called Karlovacko.

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Our views over the Korcula Bay from our restaurant

Spending some time strolling around Korčula Town was a special day for me. I enjoyed the local vibe of the place and the relatively sleepy uncrowded streets. I finally found a place a little off the beaten path. A refreshing escape from the hordes of tourists that frequent the other Croatian hotspots. Korčula was divine!

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By 50 Shades, July 17, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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50 Shades

Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!

8 Comments
  • budget jan
    July 17, 2017

    I’m so happy you got to visit Korčula and loved it. I would have liked to have got there but didn’t but I’ve seen photos of it and have always thought it looked lovely. I love croatian churches and the Cathedral of St. Marks is beautiful. The buildings here do look a lot like Vis.

    • Kathy
      July 17, 2017

      I think I liked the fact that it was less touristy and crowded than Dubrovnik and Split. The compact Old Town was also very well preserved and had some interesting churches and buildings. Plus I loved the pretty harbour.

  • Debbie
    July 20, 2017

    We loved visiting Korcula a few years ago when we did a cycling and sailing tour of Southern Dalmatia. It was a lovely place and you’ve summed it up very well Kathy. Thanks for the memories!

    • Kathy
      July 20, 2017

      Thank you Debbie. A cruise and cycling tour of this area would be heavenly. I would love to do this one day. :)

  • Esther
    July 21, 2017

    My husband and me visited Korcula when we just got engaged and I have such fun memories of the island. I really think it’s beautiful and the outdoor dining was just the best. Great photos!

    • Kathy
      July 21, 2017

      Thank you Esther. I loved all the places we visited in Croatia, but Korcula was a stand out because it was less hectic. It would be the perfect place for a romantic getaway. :)

  • Ruth | Tanama Tales
    July 22, 2017

    Wow and wow! This is an island I would love to visit. I can get lost in that Old Town for days. And, I would not mind eating on those restaurants over and over again. The views are so inspiring. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      July 22, 2017

      Yes Korcula was a big highlight of our cruise. We loved that it was less crowded and quieter than some of the other places we stopped at. :)

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