Korcula Main


More than 1,100 islands lie off the coast of Croatia, and for many visitors the crown jewel of this Adriatic archipelago is Korcula. The island, along with the rest of the isles in the Dalmatian chain, managed to escape the violence of the sad and lengthy conflict that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, and today travelers are once again returning to rediscover Korcula's charms.

Likely as not, they begin in Korcula town, where a network of narrow, cobbled streets dating to the 8th-century line this walled medieval fortress. Not surprisingly, here at the edge of the Mediterranean, Greeks were the island's earliest settlers. But it was the Venetians who left a lasting stamp in the old town, with its own St. Mark's Cathedral - a perfect setting for the carnival celebrations and masked balls held from January to Ash Wednesday.

Much of the island outside the town is covered with pine forest, and while beaches are not the main attraction here, there is a nice sandy strand at Lumbarda, at the southeastern end of the island. Sailors, meanwhile, love these islands, where the winds are steady and anchorages plentiful. Some of them say the islands here remind them of Greece, say 30 or 40 years ago...