Island Korčula

The central-Dalmatian island of Korčula stretches parallel with the nearby mainland in the west-east direction. It is 46.8 km long, its average width is 5.3 to 7.8 km, it covers an area of 270 km, and is the sixth largest Adriatic island.

The shoreline of the Korčula island is 182 km long, and the shorelines of the nearby islets another 54 km. Korčula is very indented with a large number of bays and coves.

Like most of the Croatian islands, the Greeks, who gave it the name Korkyra Melaina or 'Black Corfu' for its dark and densely wooded appearance, first settled Korcula, in the 6th century before Christ, at first next to today's Vela Luka.

Today, the island of Korčula represents a unique fusion of beautiful nature, thousands of years of cultural tradition and history, and modern tourism. Numerous beautiful beaches and bays, luxurious hotels and summer houses, centuries old olive groves and vineyards, and ancient towns and villages on the island which seem as if they have remained lost in some long past time attract tourist from all over the world to this island.

The Moreška sword dance was first mentioned in Korčula in the 17th' 18th centuries. This is not authentic local folklore but was introduced from other Mediterranean countries and symbolizes a battle between Christians and Moslems: on Corsica, Sicily, in Spain and elsewhere.

House of Marco Polo - believed to be house in which Marco Polo, the famous world traveller and writer was born. It's recently bought by Korcula's Town Authority which is currently planning to reconstruct and redone it in Museum of Marco Polo. At the present, just the part of the house is opened for visitors to have a look around, climb narrow stairs and enter to the Loggia that has great views over Korcula Old town's roofs.

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