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Korcula is a peaceful island situated in the Adriatic Sea within the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia. The island lies just off the Dalmatian Coast and has an area of around 100 square miles. Legend states that the island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC but archaeological evidence suggests that it was first inhabited by the Mesolithic and Neolithic people. Korcula's warm climate, verdant scenery and immaculate sandy beaches have made it an excellent holiday destination. The region is relatively unheard of, which allows for a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, perfect for people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Korcula's historic old town is the region's most popular tourist destination, offering a great insight into the archipelago's fascinating history and rich culture and heritage. Away from the centre of town, visitors can take part in a range of exhilarating sports activities including sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing. The old town's mains attractions include:
St. Mark's Cathedral
This stunning Gothic and Renaissance religious structure, named St. Mark's Cathedral, is located in Korcula's old town. The cathedral was built by local stonemasons with assistance from Italian masters during the 14th, 15th and 16th century.
St. Anthony's Hill
St. Anthony's Hill is both a place of historical and religious interest as well as an area of incredible natural beauty. Visitors can ascend the 102 steps to the top of the hill, where a small 14th century church honour St. Anthony the Abbot is located. The summit also offers spectacular views out over the Korcula archipelago and surrounding regions.
The Church and Brotherhood of All Saint
The Church and Brotherhood of All Saints maintain the oldest tradition of Korcula. The church was constructed during the 15th to replace the prior church.
An extensive range of shops can be located within Korcula's quaint shopping district, offering tourists the opportunity to purchase a variety of quirky or elegant souvenirs, gifts and mementos. There are also several supermarkets and grocery stores available to visitor across the centre of town, selling a selection of useful general amenities and necessities.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sample an array of authentic locals dishes including pogacice (deep fried dough), brodet (fish stew), pasticada (stewed beef) and zrnovski makruni (beef with pasta) in the many excellent restaurant distributed across Korcula. A variety of familiar western and international cuisine can also be found on diverse menus at fantastic eateries all over the island.
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