korcula-cathedralIsland of Korcula: A jewel box that juts like a thumb from the main body of the island, Korcula’s Old Town owes much of its architectural heritage to the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was part of the prosperous Republic of Venice. Narrow streets lined with medieval white-stone buildings spread out from the spire of St. Mark’s Cathedral at the center of town. Encircling the densely packed city is a 14th-century wall; sapphire-blue waters surround the entire isle.

Korcula is connected by ferry to the more popular towns of Split and Dubrovnik . Ferries would drop you off in Korcula Old Town. Buses bump along the spine of the island eastbound to Korcula Town, dipping past black cypress trees and terraced olive groves, with some hairpin turns along the way. Read about how to get to Korcula by bus from Dubrovnik .

On the harbour in Old Town is the Hotel Korcula, a Venetian palace with a loggia where you can have breakfast and look across the bay to the hills of the mainland. A 10-minute bus ride away, the small fishing village of Lumbarda has the only sandy beaches on the island-at the end of a red dirt path that winds through vineyards that produce a crisp white wine called Grk.

Enjoy a glass and dig into fresh grilled fish and octopus back in Korcula Town at Konoba Adio Mare.After dinner, go for a stroll through romantically lit Old Town. Pass by the city walls on the way to the harbor to watch the sky glow and slowly darken over the channel and the hillsides. Ferries to Korcula Island

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