A Cultural Croatia Sailing Stop in Korcula Town
Found to the east of the island, Korcula’s main city, Korcula Town is a must-see for any visitor and a stop that is well worth pencilling in on any Croatia sailing holiday.
Korcula is famous for its Old Town, and this is by far its most popular attraction. Surrounded by fortified walls, the medieval area comprises a herringbone pattern of narrow streets and houses, brilliantly designed to minimise winds but maximise air circulation.
Dominating the centre of the Old Town is St Mark’s Cathedral, a Romanesque-Gothic structure built between 1301 and 1806. Other structures of note include the Franciscan Monastery, built in the 15th century, the Venetian palace of the former governors of the town and the city’s massive fortifications.
Visitors can learn more about Korcula’s history with a visit to the Korcula Town Museum, which has displays of stone carvings, artefacts and ship building items, as well as a number of other exhibits.
Korcula is also renowned as the (possible) birthplace of famed explorer Marco Polo. There is still disagreement amongst historians about where and when he was born, although many believe he was born in Venice.
However, no visit to Korcula town would be complete without a visit to the (alleged) house of his birth. Although relatively bare, the walls are lined with historical information about the merchant, and the house’s loggia tower offers some of the most fantastic views around.