"SILENT ECHOES OF TURBULENT PAST" Top 5 Page for this destination Korcula by KristaB

Korcula Travel Guide: 165 reviews and 442 photos

Greeks named this island Korykira Melania, in 4th century b.c.
Then Romans came and named it Korykira Nigra - because of its dense forests.
Korykira slowly evolved into Korcula (korchula).

Overlooking the sea passage between island Korcula and Peljesac peninsula, this small fortified town played rather important strategic role in this part of the Adriatic.
Many powerful forces were fighting to take over Korcula - Venetians and Genovesi, Turks, later also Austrians, French, Russians and English.
The most famous battle in this area was sea battle between Genoan and Venetian forces - 180 galleys clashed here in 1298. Genoa won, and Marco Polo was taken to Venice as a prisoner. During his captivity he narrated his stories of Far East explorations, which made him famous all over Europe.

The town is densely built with the grid of streets that resemble fish bone pattern. Buildings are predominantly of Gothic and Renaissance style, with some Baroque ones from 17th and 18th century.

The people of Korcula were excellent stonemasons, seafarers and shipbuilders - their skills were respected all over Adriatic area and further.
Dense forests provided excellent wood for ships and wine barrels - production of wine is another tradition of island Korcula. There are numerous gardens and olive orchards, unfortunately some were destroyed in recent fires.

Their shipbuilding tradition is impressive - for those of you who love sea and ships here is the link to one very interesting site about Korcula shipbuilders:
http://www.korcula.net/history/shipbuilding.htm

  • Last visit to Korcula: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 18, 2004
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    Oct 8, 2006 at 1:56 PM

    I tried to get into Adijo Mare but like you said it was hard to get a table. I can't wait to go back next summer and try again!

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2006 at 1:44 PM

    excellent tips.

  • Beach_dog's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2005 at 6:51 AM

    Good for you, this find a local custom guide for Korcula must be helping you so much :0)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 9:11 PM

    Two visits are better than one and three better than two !

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2004 at 6:21 AM

    Well, this was a wild ride. Definitely not up to Largo de garda, whatever. (Marco Polo was born here????)

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2004 at 3:23 PM

    Krista, you have such a warm writing style. Every place you've been, I want to follow. Great photos. Pa

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2004 at 3:55 AM

    Well I have to agree that this page needs to be added to everyones lists of best places to see..........A lovely job on this page Kristina ..... thank you.

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 5:28 AM

    another gem of a page.......after reading the reataurant tip my tummy is growling !......my travel wish list just keeps getting longer and longer

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2004 at 3:53 PM

    an interesting page ! I had no idea, Marco Polo was born there...

  • alma_h's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 9:29 AM

    Kakve samo ja krasne uspomene nosim iz Korcule! Nije ni cudo sto je se uvijek rado sjetim i sto se tamo uvijek rado vratim....:) Odlicna stranica!

KristaB

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