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Korčula

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Korčula is an island surrounded by islands – forty-eight to be precise, while its coast is adorned with 195 mesmerising bays and capes. Stunning beaches, especially Vaja, Žitna, Pupnatska luka, Prižba and Proizd, represent the essence of the island's timeless beauty. Greek colonisers called it Korkyra Melaina, while the Romans called it Corcyra Nigra, which translates as black Korčula. The black colour comes from the thick dark pine forest that used to cover the island, vestiges of which c...

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Korčula is an island surrounded by islands – forty-eight to be precise, while its coast is adorned with 195 mesmerising bays and capes. Stunning beaches, especially Vaja, Žitna, Pupnatska luka, Prižba and Proizd, represent the essence of the island's timeless beauty. Greek colonisers called it Korkyra Melaina, while the Romans called it Corcyra Nigra, which translates as black Korčula. The black colour comes from the thick dark pine forest that used to cover the island, vestiges of which can still be found scattered all across it.

There are nine spots on the island that represent a treasure trove of cultural and historical heritage, gastronomic excellence and other attractions that entice visitors to come and explore. Important sites such as the stone fortifications surrounding the fishbone layout of the streets, the Cathedral of St. Mark, the town's patron saint, or the Franciscan monastery on the island of Badija, provide testimony to the town's rich history. The lime tree avenue in Blato, the second longest such avenue in Europe, gives this village a particular charm. Blato is also the birthplace of Marija Petković, the beatified nun who founded the only Croatian congregation, the Congregation of the Daughters of Mercy. The people of Blato are especially proud of her sanctuary.

In the western part of the island, in a bay that stretches for almost ten kilometres, you will find Vela Luka, one of the finest anchorages in the Adriatic. Vela Luka is also home to Vela Spila, a cave that houses a prehistoric archaeological site that continues to fascinate researchers. Smokvica and Čara have a proud tradition of excellent wines, while Žrnovo is just outside Kočija, a protected area covering a fantastic, almost surreal landscape. To the very west of the island you will find Lumbarda, known for its sandy beaches and endless vineyards.

The traditions of local towns have also been preserved in the captivating sword dances such as Moreška in Korčula and Kumpanija in Blato, Vela Luka and Smokvica. The fierce clashing of the swords they entail guarantees that no one will be left unmoved.

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