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Visiting Korčula Island
The Island Of Korčula (pronounced Kor-chu-la) is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic sea. It is also one of the most popular travel destinations in this part of Croatia. Like most of the Croatian islands, the Greeks, who gave it the name Korkyra Melaina or 'Black Corfu' for its dark and densely wooded appearance, first settled here.
The island itself is rich in art and culture, as well as beautiful nature. It features numerous secluded beaches and bays, small and uninhabited Archipelago consisting of sixteen islets as well as breathtaking views from the top of the hills.
The main town on the island is also named Korčula where the sword dance Moreška, a well-known folk drama/dance, which used to be played all over the Mediterranean is now solely performed here. Korčula Old Town is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian town, with its round defensive walls and towers and cluster of red-roofed houses where Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) the famous world-traveller and writer, as well as a Venetian merchant, is reputed to have been born.In the Old Town, his supposed house of birth will shortly be turned into a Museum of Marco Polo.
Besides all the natural beauties the Island has a lot to offer to a visitor to see and learn in its galleries, museums and churches. The nearest airports are Split and Dubrovnik. The island is fairly easily accessible from the Croatian mainland by various ferries.
Getting to Korčula
Korčula is well connected to the Croatian mainland and Dalmatian coast. There are various options to reach the Island and the town of Korčula including flights, buses, ferries; you will find here all info about transport links to Korčula - read more » Getting to Korčula + How to get to Korčula Island >> From Dubrovnik; From Split; From Mljet ; From Vis; From Zadar ; From Zagreb; From Mostar
Getting around Korčula island
The easiest way to get around Korčula is to walk, cycle or use public transport. Here is your comprehensive guide to public transport in Korčula, including taxis, local buses, airport shuttle and local ferry boat services as well as map of all ferries,ports,taxi stations and bus stops + Korčula Town map - detailed, visitors map of the Old Town and surroundings .. - read more » Getting around Korčula
Visiting local sights, beautiful buildings, small squares and monuments in medieval Old town is one of the most interesting things to do in Korčula. Look at the map of Korčula historical heritage sites that indicates locations of squares, monuments, churches, palaces and more - read more » Korčula Sights
Beaches on the Island
Except for its historical heritage, Korčula is also a great place for summer holidays as it offers warm sea, lot of sun and lovely beaches. There are several beaches around the old town and numerous more around the island for one to enjoy - here is a map with list and my reviews of more than 50 beaches around Korčula - read more » Beaches in Korčula & Map of Korčula Beaches
Excursions, Day Trips, Activities and Tours
There are numerous excursions, day trips, tours and activities you can do in Korčula. There is a page with activities and excursions listings that include day tip to Mljet and Dubrovnik, The Island Tour and Sightseeing tour. See also Dubrovnik Travel Guide for more info if you plan a trip to Dubrovnik.
Where to stay
There is a whole range of accommodation in private houses, villas and apartments in Korčula. Most of the rooms and apartments are of fairly high standard, but there will be some examples of accommodation which is not as good as others. Here are some comments and listings about staying on the Island: Where to stay on Korčula Island ; Where to stay in Korčula Town ; Old Town Hotels - selection of good accommodation in the Old Town; Coastal and Rural Holiday Cottages - selected self catering holiday cottages to rent on unique coastal or rural locations.
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- The Observer - 20 Paradise islands (Korčula is No.9) - "The greenest, most independent and most interesting of Croatia's 1,000 or so islands, Korčula was a favorite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago"
- The Observer - 20 Dream holidays for the 21st century (Korčula is No.11) .. More holiday reviews of Korčula
- Book on Korčula - Marco Polo's Isle by Michael Donley
- Marco Polo, Invisible Cities and Visual Arts - essay
- About Non Places of Travel - essay
- Web Exhibition: Korčula Sunsets