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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 sandy beaches.
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, Venetian).
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.
Bishop's Treasury.

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 use throughout.

The roads are very good, so are the bus services, but it meant extra expenses for us, with already paid for rail passes.

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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