Korcula, Croatia Cruise Port
If cruising through the Adriatic Sea into the island port of Korcula, Croatia transports you immediately into another world, it's understandable: the towers and walls that guard its harbor were built during medieval times to fortify and protect the area. Inside its walls, the streets' herringbone pattern shields citizens against strong winds while still allowing air to flow freely. One of Korcula's most famous sons is reported to be explorer Marco Polo, possibly born here around 1254. However, this is hardly the extent of the town’s history, as Korcula's culture developed as far back as the late Roman era. Another way the residents keep the past (and their devout Catholicism) alive is through old folk church ceremonies as well as through the Moreška, a weapons dance originating in the Middle Ages. A thoroughly charming destination, here are a handful of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Korcula, Croatia:
- One of the town's best attractions and right in its central square is the St. Mark's Cathedral. Built in Gothic-Renaissance style during the 15th century, the sculptures are a mix of religious and secular, and the artwork inside is exquisite. If you opt to climb to the top of the bell tower, you'll be rewarded with a lovely view of the town and sea.
- For a place to rest, the popular, pine-covered, and pebbled Pupnatska Luka Beach provides clear waters and great snorkeling. If you're hungry, there's a nearby restaurant to visit, or you can visit one of the beach bars for a libation or two.
- Of course, the town has a Marco Polo Museum. Learn about his adventures via the audio guide, which is available in multiple languages. It won't take a long time to get through and get the supplied "passport" stamped at each station; afterward, visit the charming gift shop and stop next door for a bit of ice cream.
- If you're still in the mood for history, check out the Korcula Town Museum. There are all kinds of artefacts and art on each level that show how the area was developed and its former Greek presence.