Korcula - Tourist guide

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Korcula is a historical and tourist centre on the north-eastern coast on the island of the same name in the South Dalmatian Archipelago. The surrounding coastal area is covered with pine forest. Actually, its name derives from the Greek Corkyra Melaine – Black Korcula indicating the dark colour of the island, overgrown with pines and cypress trees. The typical meditarrenean plants colide with the typical mediterranean climate which is mild and pleasant all year long. East of the port is a small group of islets.

Korcula has regular ferry lines with the mainland. One line connects it with Split in the central part of the dalmatian coast and the other one takes you to Drvenik, more southern place, while the shortest distance from it is to Orebic on the peninsula of Peljesac which can be reached with the ferry within twenty minutes.

Economy is based on farming, growing of vines, olives and fruit, fishing, seafaring, shipbuilding, , tourism, nautical tourism and stone processing.The works of skilful Korcula stone-masons cause wonder by its perseverance. Known as the birth-place of Marko Polo, the adventurer and traveller, this town has been justly called "a little Dubrovnik" due to its picturesque squares and medieval atmosphere.

Korcula is famous for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage. Moreska is the traditional chivalrous game which brings liveliness to the streets of Korcula. It is the most important cultural event, performed every year on the 29th of July, together with the celebration of St. Todor, but also on several occasions during the tourist season. It is performed in Korcula since the 15th century and is of Spanish origin. It is a battle between the army of the White King and the army of the Black King, who fight for the princess abducted by the Black King. After a fierce fight with swords, the White King defeats the Black King and sets the princess free.

Today Korcula is an important tourist centre with a years-long tradition. Visitor opportunities of the island of Korcula include various types of accommodation; hotels, apartments, campsites, marina; sports and recreational facilities. Korcula has numerous tennis courts. Especially interesting are water sports. Windsurfing and yachting equipment may be rented and there are also organized excursions, yachting tours and diving expeditions led by professional divers.

Korcula has rich cultural life and entertainment programs. Numerous cultural events take place during the summer months: music festivals, theatre and folk music performances. Gastronomic offer includes famous fish specialities and exquisite, top-class local wines (Posip, Rukatac, Grk, Plavac), due to which Korcula is also called "the island of wines". The local cuisine is also famous for traditional cakes and sweets.

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