Spotlight on Korcula Island for Your Sailing Holiday
One of Croatia’s 1200 islands, Korcula lies halfway between Dubrovnik and Split in the South Dalmatia area of the country. The island is famed for being the perfect example of the natural beauty Croatia is famous for with a rich historical heritage and varied landscape. As well as the small and quaint villages, olive groves and dense vineyards, you will find some of the friendliest people in Europe.
As it has been, in the past, ruled by the Venetians, Greeks, Illyrians, Brits and Austrians, each of these peoples left their own stamp on Korcula. It's a very popular destination for sailing holidays in Croatia. In the following post we look at some of the reasons why.
Explore the Beautiful Beaches
If you’re looking for sandy beaches, head to either of the island’s two popular stretches of the golden stuff, Vela Przina and Bilin Zal. Vela Przina is found in a little village called Lumbarda on the south of Korcula. Both visitors and locals flock to this beach for the pristine sand and large bay area. Although the water is not nearly as beautiful or clear aa the water at Bilin Zal, the sand here is exquisite.
These are busy and heavily populated, so if you are interested in heading to a beach that is somewhat off the beaten track, you could try one of the many little beaches around the Korcula Archipelago. There are various rocky and pebble swimming areas hidden away and are perfect for divers and snorkellers to explore. You can moor in any of these bays for some tranquillity away from the crowds.
Walk Around the Island’s Old Town
Korcula Old Town is where people derive the comparisons between this island and Dubrovnik. You will find the same smooth-surfaced pebbled streets, medieval-style buildings with venetian-style roofs. It is also here where you can visit must-see attractions like St. Mark’s Cathedral, built in the 15th-century using Limestone found on the island and stylised by local and Italian artisans in Gothic-Renaissance architecture. Within the old town you can also take in the Korcula Town Museum to learn more about this island’s fascinating culture and history, including textiles, furniture, art, archaeology, shipbuilding and stonemasonry.
Enjoy the Stunning Cuisine
Wherever you are on the island, when it’s time to eat you need to take advantage of the abundantly available fresh and tasty seafood. Often this is just simply grilled in olive oil and salt and served with potato and chard. However, Black Risotto is an interesting dish. It gets its name from the cuttlefish ink used in the recipe. Octopus salad and lobster buzzaro are also worth trying. Of course, given the country’s other gastronomic passion of wine-making, it would be a crying shame to not try some of the local produce. Grk and Posip are two of the most popular and these whites can be bought just about anywhere. Grk, is special as it is only found on Korcula and is only made using grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding Lumbarda.
Immerse Yourself in the Island’s Culture
If possible, while visiting Korcula, you should also try to experience the amazing traditional sword drama and dance called Moreska. This is performed by locals on an open-air stage close to the Old Town on Monday and Thursday evenings during the summertime. These theatrical spectacles originate from the 16th century and revolve around a fight between warring kings, consisting of seven circles of sword-wielding dances, bagpipes and drums!