The Croatian island of Korcula is a must-see for any cruise traveller
Cruises to Korcula offers the chance to explore a delightful port where you can gently while away a relaxing day without too much effort at all.
Korcula was allegedly the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo, although Venice also claims this title. The birthplace can be visited, but is very small.
Your ship will drop anchor in the bay and you will be tendered ashore.
If you plan on swimming make sure you take your stuff with you as you probably won’t want to go back to the ship to get it…tender trips always take longer and are less inviting than you think they will be, especially later in the day.
There is no beach in the town but lots of places to swim off the rocks, do take something comfy to sit on (or available to buy from the local shops) and swimming shoes due to the presence of sea urchins around the rocks and on the seabed.
Stepping on a sea urchin will likely kill the sea urchin and also leave you with barbed spines stuck into your foot which can lead to a nasty infection – the last thing you want when on holiday.
The medieval town of Korcula is really pleasant to walk around, with narrow cobbled, shady streets and tantalising glimpses of views out to sea.
If you follow one of these glimpses you will eventually reach the edge of the town where you will have wonderful views of the coast and your cruise ship.
The town is surrounded by 14th century stone walls which you can walk round.
A good place for photos.
The Cathedral Sveti Marko is probably the most important building in the Korcula Old Town.
It is built in Gothic-Renaissance style, completed in 15th century and sits at the highest point on the peninsula.
However keep your eyes looking up as you turn each corner to marvel at the local architecture.
The small streets are packed with gothic, renaissance and baroque buildings and monuments.
There are plenty of tourist shops and shady cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a relaxing drink or meal with fabulous views across the bay.
Or you could spend an hour or so happily parked against the harbour wall to watch the comings and goings of the ferries. Always a fascinating pastime.
We loved our visit to Korcula with plenty to see and do to keep us happy.
You can find out more about visiting Korcula by checking out the Korcula Tourist Board website.