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2 April 19

Destination | Korčula

The view over Korcula Town

Team Horizon | Experience Croatia , Photography Hotspots , Travel Hints & Tips

The Destination: Korčula Town

The second-most populated island in Croatia, Korčula is home to lush pine forests, award-winning wineries, and a gorgeous old town that has earned it the nickname of ‘The little Dubrovnik’. Once a walled Venetian town, Korčula is the (disputed!) birthplace of  the famous explorer Marco Polo. These days the medieval streets are full of excellent wine bars, seafood restaurants and jewellery and souvenir stores. Spend some time wandering the streets, pop into the churches and small town museum, or even climb the bell tower on the main square.

The View: Fortress Cocktail Bar

Finish your day with a sunset cocktail up high in part of the town’s medieval fortifications at Massimo Cocktail Bar. This place is seriously rustic, with access by a ladder and cocktails delivered up the side of the fortress by a pulley system. The view of the old town and across to the Pelješac peninsula from here is simply stunning.

Look over the terracotta roof tiles from Massimo Fortress cocktail bar

Look over the terracotta roof tiles from Massimo Fortress cocktail bar

The Drink: Wine

The island of Korčula and the neighbouring Pelješac peninsula are famous for wine, and Bokar Wine Bar is the perfect place to learn a little about some of the famous grapes from this region over a wine tasting. Pull up a stool beside an old wine barrel, and sip on some superb Plavac Mali (red – think big berry and pepper flavours) or perhaps a Pošip (white – light bodied, balanced, aromatic).

Enjoy a glass of wine in the laneway at Bokar Wine Bar Korcula

Enjoy a glass of wine in the laneway at Bokar Wine Bar Korcula

The Food: By the sea, of course

Location is everything in Korcula, and our tip is to choose one of the waterfront eateries for lunch or dinner. Sit under the beautiful pine trees, and enjoy the sea views and breeze. Dalmatian cuisine has a long history of Italian influence, and many of the restaurants here offer the perfect setting for a relaxed pizza or pasta.

Dine with views of the sea and Peljesac Peninsula in Korcula

Dine with views of the sea and Peljesac Peninsula

The Experience: Water Polo

The island of Korcula is famous for water polo, with the sport being popular here since the 1920s. Once a year the town still holds their historic tournament between players from the four traditional neighbourhoods. Within a short walk from the old town you will find the water polo club, and most days you will find a local team practicing here or a match in progress.

Spend a night in Korčula on your Horizon Sail trip

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