Croatia facts and history in brief
Korcula is the largest town on the largest
Dalmation islands by the same name.
The island is mostly covered by vineyards
and olive trees.
The southern coast have many small coves and
The interior of the island is criss-crossed with
winding, scenic roads.
Korcula township sitting on a small hillock,
beside a beautiful harbour.
The charming little town on a small headland with its
Venetian style architecture, red roofs contain the mediaeval,
gated, old city with defensive walls, gates and ramparts.
The Old Town gently rises to a central
square with the narrow streets
acting as stone staircases.
There are many small Restaurants
with their tables, chairs and umbrellas
in these little alleyways and around
the harbours on either
side of the township.
Many of the buildings are in a state of
'preserved' dilapidation, with washing
hanging out of numerous windows.
There are many classical concerts held
in the cathedral, and many other, varied
entertainment around the the squares or
some of the restaurants in the old town.
The Korcula island, like most of the
Dalmation islands was settled by the Greeks,
who called it Korkyra Melaina, or "Black Corfu"
for its largely dark green appearance, which
it preserved to date.
The island scattered with traces of thousands years
old cultures and civilisation (Greek, Roman, Croatian,
Korcula was under Venetian rule on and off
for over eight hundred years.
Marco Polo, the famous world traveller and explorer
is said to be born on Korcula in 1254, and the victorious
Genoese imprisoned him after the naval battle in 1298,
in the straits between the island and the mainland of
the Peljesac Peninsula.
The main sights
The Old City
Ramparts , gates and walls of the fortifications
Cathedral of Saint Mark (Highly ornated with
fluted windows and strange looking beasts.
Hui Chin and I visited Croatia during our European
travels in 2005.
We have enjoyed our stay in the country, but were very
disappointed with the train services.
Before our departure from new Zealand, we purchased
a rather expensive Regional Eurail Pass with added days
to cover any delays or staying longer in any place than
we have planned for.
Croatia, - at least between places we intended to visit
- have very poor train services.
We arrived from Austria, through Slovenia to Rijeka,
and although Rijeka connected by rail to Pula, our next
stop, the train service is very slow and sporadic.
To go from Pula to Zadar or Split, or Dubrovnik, we
either had to go through Zagreb with the consequent
delay or use the bus services, which we did have to
The roads are very good, so are the bus services, but
it meant extra expenses for us, with already paid for
With the good roads Croatia is catering for the neighbouring
countries drivers, not for the like of us, with limited
budgets, who can't afford a car or hired car in every
country we like to visit.
Korcula is a very beautiful and friendly place.
Unfortunately I do not have many of my photos left,
although we had four cameras between us and we taken
many, many photos wherever we went, two of my cameras,
with large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos
on them with my valet and money, were stolen from my
bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife'.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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