About Korcula

What the Press says about Korcula:

Read my small collection of extracts from some press articles about Korcula. I categorized them too - just couldn't resist ;-) There are also some of "not-so-great" comments (see on the bottom of the page)

Best so far:

  • Korcula among 20 paradise islands: " The greenest, most independent and most interesting of Croatia's 1,000 or so islands, Korcula was a favorite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago. Very much a law unto itself - as you might expect from a community that resisted the sieges of centuries - Korcula town is a mini-fortress enclosed with honey-coloured stone walls that contain hidden treasures, from icons to Tiepolos, as well as architectural delights in every narrow, cobbled street. " The Observer, Sept 2003

Runner up:

  • Croatian all-stars: ".... and the winner is? FOR SHEER beauty and tranquility, Mljet is a close runner, but its lack of accommodation lets it down. Hvar, beautiful and buzzing, also makes the top three. But it’s Korcula that takes the honours. It’s got the lot: a lovely town and some stunning quiet bays, on an island easily accessible from either Split or Dubrovnik. Best of all, it’s midway between both the runners-up. Stay on Korcula and visit all three." Other good comment for Korcula was : " Locals claim that Marco Polo came from their island. It’s clearly rubbish. If the explorer had been born on Korcula, he would never have left." The Sunday Times May 2004

Adriatic Petra:

  • Dubrovnik is often rightly called " Pearl of Adriatic". However, the beauty and uniqueness of Korcula was appropriately spotted by Travel and Leisure writer Peter Jon Lindberg who wrote : " In contrast to Dubrovnik's, the architecture is quite rough-hewn—all of Korcula looks to be carved from a single piece of stone, like an Adriatic Petra..."
  • He also captured my heart with this sentence : " Just beyond the medieval walls, Vespas were honking their way through the crowds by the marina. Beck's "Sexx Laws" thumped from a harborfront disco. At the Internet café, Croatian teenagers were playing Grand Theft Auto. But down the musty, catacomb-like corridors of the Old Town, the night slipped back 100, 500, 750 years, and Korcula looked much as it must have in Marco Polo's day. The wine, of course, helped." Read his whole description of Korcula here Travel and Leisure 2005

Broken Hearted:

  • 'Because I arrived in Croatia a week before the ferries began their full summer schedule, my itinerary forced me to omit the island of Korcula. This broke my heart during the 40 minutes I spent docked there aboard the ferry. A miniature Dubrovnik, its main town is a medieval grid of streets and buildings made of square-cut limestone. It looked romantic as all get-out. If I'm ever in this part of the world again, I'll make a special point of going there.' San Francisco Chronicle July 2004

If you like wine:

  • Korcula Wine Posip: A Zesty White To Sip by the Sea - A showcase of ethnic cuisines, is a natural habitat for Croatia's modern wines. Venturesome fans of rarely found whites will relish the flowery 2003 Marko Polo, from Korcula, an Adriatic island that is supposedly the explorer's birthplace. In Dubrovnik, this zippy, citrusy wine, made from Dalmatia's Posip grape, works well with oysters and langoustines. New York Times, Nov 2004

Helpful pronunciation:

  • We also visited Korcula (pronounced Kor-CHEW-la), a tranquil, little-known island about 100 miles east of Dubrovnik and Split, a picturesque Dalmatian city of 190,000 residents between the sea and a striking range of mountains. Both are French Riviera-like Croatian summer resorts with preserved thick fortress walls, marinas, outdoor markets, ancient churches, small hotels and flower lined streets. Marco Polo, the earliest and probably best known travel writer and explorer, is said to have been born in Korcula. Enquirer.com

Downsides of Korcula:

  • The Rough Guide to Croatia : " Drinking in Korcula is quite animated during the day. At night, however, Korcula becomes Snorcula - there is an almost total lack of decent bar in Old Town, and the string of flashy places just behind the bus station are curiously joyless bunch ............" :-))))) I love it and couldn't agree more !!! Note - check about Korcula's nightlife

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