Enjoy the View: Dobar Dan from Korčula!
Ugh Mondays, right?
We know you’d rather be lying on a beach or strolling the streets of the charming little town of Korčula than being stuck in your office staring at the screen all day. But, since you’re staring at the screen already, at least feast your eyes on this lovely view of the old town of Korčula.
This beautiful medieval town is located on the east coast of the namesake island. Built on a small peninsula, the old town is surrounded by walls, which is why it is often referred to as “Little Dubrovnik”. The main street divides the old town into eastern and western halves, with smaller streets arranged in a herringbone pattern.
The best way of learning more about the rich history of Korčula is by visiting the town’s historic sites, such as the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Mark, St. Michael’s Church, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. If you have more time, there is a 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful Venetian Gothic cloister situated on the islet of Badija, near Korčula Town. The town of Korčula also boasts the alleged house of birth of a famous traveller and writer – Marco Polo. There are plans to repurpose and reconstruct the house into the Museum of Marco Polo.
Korčula is known for its traditional sword dances (Moreška, Kumpanija and Moštra), which you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting the island. These mock battle dances are performed by men from Korčula town and are held on July 29th (St. Theodore’s Day) and every week during the summer season. If you happen to be here next week, there is one on Thursday, June 8th.
If you have a sweet tooth, you have to try one of many traditional local sweets, such as cukarin – a cookie made of light pastry with hint of lemon and orange, which is traditionally eaten by dipping it in sweet Prošek wine, or a very special rose-flavoured rožata, which is a custard pudding similar to flan and crème brûlée. There are more tongue-twisting sweets to try such as klašuni, hrustule and aprikle (pršurate). If you’re more of a self-proclaimed wine expert, make sure to try Pošip, Rukatac or Grk, excellent traditional local white wines.
So, take a look, fall in love and come visit this gorgeous town. Until then, enjoy the view: