Korčula, with a population of over 16,000, is the second most populous Croatian island after Krk. In fact, The New York Times, one of the most famous magazines in the world, has recommended readers to visit the Croatian island of Korcula on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2016. Some of the main attractions on the island are towns of Korčula, Vela Luka and Blato that are in different parts of the island.
Beach Of The Year
The Island of Proizd In 2007 was chosen as the Beach of the Year by the Croatian Tourist Board. In fact, the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph announced it among the five most beautiful Adriatic beaches. Proizd has a rocky and beautiful coast, whereas its north side is absolutely breathtaking. Moreover, Mediterano organizes a day visit to Proizd which includes a fish menu for lunch and unlimited amounts of wine.
About Marco Polo and Korcula Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) was a medieval Venetian merchant, though he is more prominent as a world-renowned writer and traveler. Significantly, it is believed that Polo was born in Korcula itself, although evidence to support this thesis are sketchy. If Marco’s place of birth is somewhat ambiguous, it is certain that he was taken prisoner by the Genoese in the naval battle of Korcula, between the Venetian and Genovese states.
In addition, having been captured and taken to a Genoese prison, he wrote book “Million” about his travels to China. Yet it was Marco’s cellmate, Rusticello who would later produce a book ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’. Polo noted the use of coal and ceramics in China, centuries before they became widespread in Europe. Nevertheless, many merchants would follow Polo’s routes, and many more travelers and explorers, including one Christopher Colombus, were to be inspired by Polo’s achievement.
Half New Year Party In Korcula
On Sunday 30 June, the streets of Korcula on the island of the same name will turn into one party. Locals on the stunning island of Korcula have been celebrating ‘Half New Year’s Eve’ on 30 June since 2001, and the tradition is growing from year to year. A masquerade procession pageant parade, attracting hundreds of locals and tourists, takes place around the streets of the gorgeous old town before fireworks, live music, and dancing take over the ‘Plokata’ square till the late hours of 1 July as Korculans see in the ‘new half year’.
MOREŠKA Is a traditional sword dance from the town of Korčula. The Moreška in Korčula dates back to at least the mid-17th century, with its roots in the Middle Ages, from the several hundred years of battle between Muslims and Christians. By the 16th century, the conquest theme with mock battles was introduced into the Americas and other world areas administered or culturally influenced by Spain. The version that is danced in Korčula appears to be the only one in modern times which uses two swords held by each soldier (Moreškanti) in the elaborate mock battles.
The Moreška was originally performed on special occasions only. Especially, on the Feast Day of “Sveti Todor” (Saint Theodore, Korčula’s patron saint) in July. In modern times there are performances of 20–30 minutes which occur weekly in the summer for visiting tourists. Performers must be native to Korčula, and local families take great pride in their participation.
Old Town Palace
Lešić Dimitri Palace is a private retreat in the heart of the old town. An ideal escape for couples or groups of friends. Celebrating the marriage between old and new, this boutique bolthole has just five unique and spacious suites. They were designed by an Asian-Croatian team of architects and interior designers and inspired by Korčula’s famous resident, Marco Polo and his travels along the Silk Road which people say started from this beautiful island. The 18th Century Bishop’s palace was lovingly restored over five years. It now offers luxury hotel accommodation for those wishing to escape, create, relax or unwind.
Vela spila – archaeological site – 17.500-year-old ceramics changes what we knew about the Ice Age The discovery of 36 items of baked clay in Vela Spila on the Island of Korčula, estimated to be 15-17.5 thousand years old, have encountered an exceptional interest of the world public, scientific circles in particular. The New York Times and other scientific magazines state that ceramic items found in Vela Spila are a testimony of how this type of art flourished thousands of years before ceramics became an everyday use item.
Until now, people from the Ice Age were best known for their use of stone tools and mammoth hunting traps. However, the latest revelations in Croatia suggest that people from that time not only used ceramics more often than believed so far but that they also produced ceramic artwork. Vela Spila is located on the southern slope of Mount Pinski rat, above Kale Bay in Vela Luka. Moreover, it is one of the most significant archaeological prehistoric sites in Europe. In 1986 remains of two grown humans that scientists believe lived in the late Neolithic were found in the cave. Locals from Vela Luka call them “Grandma” and “Grandpa”. Archaeological findings from the cave are exhibited at the Cultural Centre in Vela Luka.
Konoba „Mareta „ more than just a konoba. They offer delicious food and tasty wine in domestic ambient situated in the heart of Korčula, a beautiful Croatian island. 75% of our vegetables are grown on the eco-farm.
Wine Grk is an autochthonous sort of vine which grows with excellent results on the sandy dry soil of Lumbarda. Frano Milina-Bire started the cultivation of autochthonous white sort grk. For the first time after 100 years renewed traditional terrace vineyards in that region. Some think Grk was brought to Korčula by the ancient Greeks around 500 BC, while others believe that it was named for the pleasant tart finish of the wine (grk is the Croatian for the tart or bitter).
Beach Zitna is a hidden little bay on the south of Korcula Island bordered by Mediterranean flora and pine trees. It is located very close to the bay of Zavalatica – on its eastern side and a village of Čara. The bay has its own pebble beach, covered with white and shiny pebbles. They get very warm in the summer, so it is extremely pleasurable to lay on it after a good swim.
In fact, Zitna used to be unpopular among tourists. It was a place to go and have a quiet swim and long soak in its amazing azure waters. However, recently, it became a popular day trip destination for tourists and locals, it can get crowded in the summer months. The best thing about Zitna is the color of the sea water in the bay itself. It is a blue-and-green mixture of reflecting sunlight enhanced by the clarity of the clean water.