"Croatia" Top 5 Page for this destination Korcula by ChristaV
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Croatia stretches along the Adriatic coast. The country borders Slovenia, Hungary, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The country?s landscape ranges from small villages in the interior to the dramatic Dalmatian coastline. In the north, the Istria peninsula includes the major coastal resorts of Porec, Pula, Opatija and Rovinj; the Kvarner region has many islands and islets with good beaches. Further south, are the Split and Makarska regions. Zagreb, the economic, cultural and administrative heart of the region, sits prominently on the River Sava. Dubrovnik was once considered to be the most beautiful city in Croatia with its medieval walls and palaces. It is one of the oldest cities and one of the youngest European capitals. Split was founded in the fourth century AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The enormous palace he built and the walled town now form part of the old quarter. Concerts, opera and dance all take place within the palace. Plitvice Lakes National Park consists of a string of 16 beautiful blue-green lakes in a valley between high forested mountains. Foodwise, visitors should sample manistra od bobica (beans and fresh maize soup).
The Croatian currency is the kuna, which is divided into 100 lipas. (The word "Kuna" means marten, a weasel-like animal, whose fur Croats used for payment many centuries ago. The lipa is a lime tree, but we don't know the connection here!)
The kuna is overvalued but is a stable currency. The current rate of exchange stands at (approximately) ý1 = 11.4 kunas or US$1 = 7.4 kunas.
I used the route Ancona.. The problem here is because the plane lands either at about 9am or else at 9pm and the time you can board the ferry is at 7pm. You have to spend the whole day in Ancona. I recommend this in summer as there is a fast Italian ferry at 11am but very often Ryanair flights are delayed and you miss the ferry, or you have to get there by taxi (which is about 40 Euros) even though the drive is only 15 minutes. If there is few of you sharing taxi this could be a good option. Otherwise there is a local bus from Falconara (Ancona airport) to Ancona (not Falconara!! - which is in between) train station. It takes about 20-30 minutes.
Do not plan to be in Ancona on Mondays as all the shops are closed. Shops also close from 1pm-5pm every day, but the shops are near the port. If you need to stay in Ancona overnight I recommend Hotel Italia (across the road from Ancona train station
There are a few ferries going from Ancona to Split. I use SEM (www.smc-ferry.com). In winter there are not sailings everyday (see timetable on the website). I recommend to try using "Split 1700" as "Kraljica Mira" is much older. The SEM staff are extremely nice and helpful!!
There is also Jadrolinija ferry, which we used.
The sixth largest island, it is 20 miles long and rather narrow, between 4 and 5 miles wide on average. This island is known for its dense forest and the ancient Greeks called the island Black Korcula (Kerkyra melaina) for this reason. Local legend says that Prince Antenor of Troy founded the Korcula settlement. Still on the subject of history, it is interesting to mention that Marco Polo, the famous adventurer, was born on Korcula, and his house still there. There is also a British connection with the island: the late Fitzroy Maclean, the Scottish politician, soldier, adventurer and writer, had a house there (still used by his family today). It was given to him personally by President Tito and was the only house owned by a foreigner in the former Yugoslavia until Croatian independence.
The main resorts are Korcula (mainly people call it "Little Dubrovnik" because of its medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses), Vela Luka and Lumbarda.
Vela Luka Tourist Office at Ulica 41 br. 11, 20270 Vela Luka, Tel: 020 813 619, Fax: 020 813 619, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more at the detailed Korcula.net.
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