Vela Luka – Ostrov Korčula

Korčula town

The birthplace of Marco Polo

Korcula town (3300 pop.) With the port, is a popular resort and very popular tourist destination on the north coast of the island of Korcula. Korcula is one of the most valuable urban conservation reserves on the Croatian coast. East of the harbor there is a small group of islands.

According to legend, Korcula was founded Trojan hero Antenore, clearly there was a Greek colony in the 4th cent. př.n.l.

The old part of Korcula is situated on an elevated peninsula connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus. It is surrounded on all sides by walls from the 14th – 16th cent.

The center of the old town is the highest point Strossmayer Square with Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral. Mark (Sveti Marko) of 16 – 17th cent., with very rich interiors (including the original by Tintoretto). As part of the baptistry in the belfry of the cathedral (works of contemporary Croatian art). Neighboring Abbot’s Palace (Abbot’s Palace) with the abbot’s treasury (Abbot’s riznica), precious liturgical objects, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, etc. A beautiful Renaissance palace Arneriů correcting, but will soon open. Adjoining the palace hosts Gabrielis city museum (Gradski muzej) with collections of maritime, ethnographic and art. The complex square complements korčulský oldest church, the church. Peter (Sveti Petar) of 14 cent. Near the house, where he allegedly was born the famous explorer Marco Polo.

The authentic old town of Korcula, especially in the area of ​​gates and walls, but also the local theater season in place as součáswt folk festivals, as well as individual performance adjustment Moreška, the old knight and dancing games.

Possibility of dancing and entertainment in nightclubs and on the terraces of hotels. The big folk festival is the feast of St. Peter and Paul 29th June – celebration with burning fires and rich program. In the second half of July, takes place “Marko Polo Festival” – a festival of song and wine. Baptizing of young wine takes place in November. Marian feast Velika Gospa – 8.15 Holiday celebration in memory of the battle between the Genoese takes place at the beginning of September. Folk Festival on the occasion of the feast of St. Martin held on his feast day – 11th November.