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The sixth largest of Croatia’s islands, Korčula is a sight to behold. The main town, also called Korčula, is dotted with medieval squares, churches and palaces – so much so, it’s often lovingly referred to as ‘Little Dubrovnik’.

Korčula’s coastlines are rich and varied with the flatter, pebbly north contrasting with the small sandy beaches and steep cliffs of the south. The densely forested interior of the island has everything you’d expect from a beautiful Croatian destination – scattered with vineyards, olive groves and small villages. Korčula, with its eponymous historic city, is a must-see on visits to Croatia.

Culture and history

Ancient Greek myth tells of the island being founded by the Trojan hero Antenor. Over the centuries from the Middle Ages, Korčula has been ruled by the Byzantines, the Venetians and Austria.

During World War I, the island was promised to the Kingdom of Italy in return for it joining the war on the side of Great Britain. However, once the war was finished, Korčula became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs in 1918.

In World War II, Korčula was occupied by German forces, who controlled the island until their withdrawal in September 1944. After 1991, the island became a part of the independent Republic of Croatia, moving away from the previous turbulence associated with Yugoslavia and allowing the area to nurture its growing tourist industry.

Culturally, Korčula has much to offer – witness a traditional sword dance in the old town, called a Moreška, or enjoy a form of traditional a cappella singing known as Klapa which dates back centuries.

Things to do

Visitors to Korčula are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do – wander through the lush interior of the island or spend time in one of its pretty little beachside coves for a truly relaxing holiday activity. If you fancy something a little more active, saunter up the 102 steps to the top of St Anthony’s Hill, south of Korčula Town for breath-taking views.

Alternatively, head to the old city to visit some of Korčula’s most famous sights. St Mark’s Cathedral took three centuries to build and now represents one of the best examples of Dalmatian architecture and design that also features Gothic, Romanesque and baroque influences. You can also visit one of the town’s many museums, such as the Town Museum, the Icon Gallery and the multimedia attractions at the Marco Polo Exhibition. Each one is a perfect way to learn more about this beautiful island.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.