Korcula is both the island midway between Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia and the main town of that island. It is a smaller version of the famous wall city-fortress of Dubrovnik; similar with its red tile roofs, surrounding fortress walls and round turrets built in Venetian trading days.
Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) the famous traveler, writer and Venetian merchant is reputed to have been born in Korcula. The Lion of St. Mark, the old symbol of Venetian power, can be seen on Korcula’s exterior wall.
All of Korcula Old Town is surrounded by a 14th century thick stone wall and towers, used at the time as a defense. On the North end is a tower called Barbarigo, built in 1488, as well as Tiepolo tower, built on the end of 15th century. On the South side of the Old Town is the tower Balbi built in 1483 and Cappelo from 1493.
Korcula is positioned on a oval-shaped small peninsula. The lanes are a succession of narrow streets that branch off the spine of the main street like the fish bone. This shape was used in Korcula’s design to reduce effects of wind and sun providing sheltered accommodation. Korcula architecture in the Old Town is mainly influenced by Venetian Renaissance.
Korcula has the advantage of two overnight spots for our yacht. Directly next to the Old Twon is a marina with nice facilities; showers, electricity, water to fill the yacht’s tanks, etc. Nearby is an quiet anchorage where a 5 min walk takes you from the dinghy dock to the gates of Korcula.