The ship’s tender took us directly to Korcula Town which looked like a mini Dubrovnik. The entrance to the old town is quite grand, I loved the long staircase!
Korcula (pronounced kor-chula) has a very well preserved old town with beautiful venetian gothic architecture. Korcula was first occupied by the Greeks, and then by the Romans in the 1st century. For a short period, it fell under the rule of Ragusa (Dubrovnik). The Venetians ruled the island from 1420 to 1797 and built Korcula Town in the 15th century. The doges built Korcula’s walls to protect attacks from pirates and Turks. Again, I was happy to wander through the narrow lanes imagining what it would be like to live in one of the old buildings…
We visited St. Mark’s Cathedral built in the 15th century. It was built from stone quarried from offshore islands. Local men were renowned throughout the Adriatic for their stone carving skills and we saw some of their work on the facades of various buildings.
There’s talk here that Korcula is really the birthplace of Marco Polo but apparently there’s not a lot of evidence to support the claim…
The waterfront in Korcula Town is gorgeous and lined with little restaurants and bars looking out at the sea. We saw a lot of great spots for swimming here too!
Since it was quite hot we decided to walk to the beach before going back to the ship. We relaxed in the sunshine for a couple of hours and had a refreshing swim in the clear adriatic sea. Then it was time to meander back to the port.
We loved the small island of Korcula and who knows maybe we’ll be back one day soon!
Where we stayed: Holland America-MS Koningsdam-Mozart Deck 👍