Korcula is the medieval town on the island Korcula. Korcula surrounding area is covered with pine forest. East of the harbor is small archipelago. There are two beaches in the town of Korcula and the coves Srecica, Banja, and Vrbovica, west of Korcula are also good for swimming.
Marina Korcula: ACI Korcula, located on the eastern part of the coast, with 200 places on the floating docks and 100 places on the dry docks. It has parking lot, technical services, workshops, crane (10 t), slipway. It is open through the whole year. guests can use toilets, laundry, shops, restaurant, bar, apartments, exchange office, bank, and rent-a-car.
The island of Korcula is one of the biggest and most populated island of Dalmatia, the Mediterranean region situated in the Adriatic sea. It is the southernmost island of the Adriatic Middle-Dalmatian islands, and as so is the whole region part of the State territory of the Republic of Croatia. It has a surface of 276 square km, is 46,8 km long with the wides part being 7,8 km. The east side of the island of Korcula is only 1270 m far from the land and peninsula Pelješac, whilst the west side ranges deeply into the Adriatic Sea. Along its shore there are 50 smaller islets. The island of Korcual is built from lime-stone with its highest peak of 568 m (Klupca). The majority of inhabitants live off tourism and agriculture (vines, olive-trees, vegetables and citrus fruits). A minor part makes a living by sailing around the seas of the world (maritime and shipbuilding are traditions of the whole region and by other activites.
The town of Korcula, situated on the eastern border of the island, is a architectural example of an excellently preserved, founded, medieval, magnificent town. It is build on an islet of 3 hectares, later linked with the land of the island of Korcula.
Eventhough fortified, Korcula had been throughout history built, destroyed and renewed, so it is hard to speak about the exact time of its establishment. Its oldest parts today were built in the early middle-age. The Town is built in the shape of a heart, its narrow side streets from two sides, in a fish-bone pattern, are linked vertically to the longitudinal centre one. The streets are differentiated according to the width and profile of their connection to the centre (about 2 m on average) and the residential blocks between the streets are from 11 to 16 metres. The buildings and palaces get fresh water by collecting rain from the rooves and storing the same in their own reservoirs. The Town was once fully surrounded with a high defensive wall with towers, and for a long time in its history it was connected with the island land by a movable bridge. It has two entrances, one from the southern side (Land Gate) and the other from the western side (Sea Gate). Within the Town there are 9 churches with the cathedral of St. Mark on the centre square
According to the legend and according to many historical semi-proofs (medieval documents: one Venetian and one doucment from Korcula archives) and according to unique continuation of the surname (variants: Polo, Depolo, Dupolo) the Town of Korcula is rightfully considered to be the birth Town of the greatest world traveller. Also, because of common appearances of male names such as Marco, Nicholas and Matthew (his father and uncle), and also because of the fact that the already aged Marco beneath the Town of Korcula (07.09.1298) under the Venetian flag, with his own big galley and paid crew, entered into a battle against the armada of Genova for supremacy over the sea and Korcula itself.
Because of all abovementioned, the newest "Encyclopedia Britannica" itself contains such information. The birth house of Marco Polo is situated in the Centre of Korcula, to the north from St. Mark's cathedral.
A traditional sword dance once spread on the Mediterranean, has only been retained in the Town of Korcula. The people of Korcula have been dancing Moreška for full 400 years and with its performance around the world they fittingly represent their Town. The dance consists of a display of a war fight with swords between two armies of whose kings have waged war to each other by reason of love of a beautiful girl (so-called "Bula"), who the "black" king had snatched away from the "red" king. Exceptionally strong and impressive dance-war parts of this play with swords are performed with accompanying original orchestral music , specially written for this play of Mauri origins.