Readers of the global site – Big 7 like the best – voted Korcula, Croatia no.5 best island in the world to visit in 2020
Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released the official list of the 50 Best Islands in the World to visit in 2020. Following on from sample survey results of their 1.5 million social audience, previous media scores and contributions from their editorial team, they have revealed the best islands in the world and Croatian island Korčula is the 5th best island!
According to legend, the Croatian island of Korcula was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor, a councilor to King Priam of Troy who ruled during the events of the Trojan War. The Ancient Greeks also fondly gave their own name to Korcula – Korkyra Melaina, or ‘Black Corfu’ from the number of vineyards and olive groves that dot the lush island.
This picturesque island, which was once completely overrun with thick, rugged pine forests, has been inhabited by waves of different settlements – from the Illyrians to the Romans – all leaving their mark. To this day, visitors can see ruins from periods dating back to around 1000 BC. People call Korčula Town ‘Little Dubrovnik’ because of its medieval squares, churches, palaces, and houses, while the beaches and dense forest offer incredible scenery”, a smaller version of Dubrovnik without the crowds. Korčula is the second most populous Adriatic island after Krk, separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow strait. Towns and villages on the island include Korčula, Vela Luka, Blato, Brna, Lumbarda, Račišće, Žrnovo, Pupnat, Smokvica and Čara, plenty of smaller towns to discover. Really one of the must-visit destinations on Croatia’s South Dalmatian coast. It’s a harmonious blend of history, culture as well as intimate and exclusive beaches. Island is very popular for wine lovers and beach lovers.
One of the first things you see when coming into Korcula is the impressive citadel of stone buildings covered with red tiles. There are several entrances to the grand Old Town, one in the south and one in the west. The Land Gate, which is the southern end of the city and extremely impressive, is covered by a triumphal arch built in honor of one of the city’s commanders, Leonardo Foscolo who was instrumental in the defense of Dalmatia in the 17th century. Walk through the gate and visit St Mark’s Cathedral, a unique place of worship which was built in the 15th and 16th century. Also in the Old Town is the Abbey Treasury which was once located in the Bishop’s Palace. It houses religious artifacts like church manuscripts, paintings, coins, potter and much more, and more to discover and learn of the rich and turbulent its history.
The town of Korcula is well known for MORESKA – a traditional sword dance and drama that was common through the Mediterranean in 12th and 13th centuries, reaching Korcula in the 16th century from Italy and Dubrovnik… The dance originated in Spain is associated with the conflict between Moors and Christians.
Marco Polo ( 1254 – 1324) was born in Korcula and spent much of his time in this Croatian resort town and there are buildings that pay homage to the famous merchant and traveler. He is more prominent as a world renowned writer and traveler. Together with his father Nicolas and his uncle Maffeo, Marco Polo was amongst the first Europeans to travel the famous Silk Road trade route, stretching from the Middle East to China.
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