Honest pride of Korcula
Korcula is subtle, touches you with caution. Korcula wants to keep it's charm and dignity. She had heard of other proud towns now sunken under tents advertising beer.
Look around, and you will notice welcoming stairway to cocktail bar situated on one of the towers. Another one on the main plateau overlooking the harbor, still showing off ancient canons.
All Venetian lions, all guilds emblems, all their fresh laundry and flowers still honestly presented - for us to see who they are.
What shall we pack?
Backpack for daytrips. Bring light luggage and bags as it could get quite tricky boarding the ferries and you have to carry your own luggage Comfortable shoes, light clothing and do not forget the swim wear. Do not forget the sunscreen as the sun here is extremely harsh. Swimming goggles would be nice to if you like snorkling Do not forget your prescription medicine and a all purpose anti-biotic. Ensure you have enough battery power for your digital & camcorder. Even when going on day trips ensure enough film is with you, even carry an additional one just in case!
92 meters above Korcula is a stone fortress tower that is now taken over with telecommunications equipment. When we visited the door was wide open and we climbed past the locked equipment to the top of the tower for a stunning view of Orebic.
The old town and Punta Jurana
Photo 1. In the middle of the photo, the old town with the cathedral. Pelješac peninsula is in the background, on the other side of the sea. On the right, the small bay with a quay is Punta Jurana.
Photo 2. Punta Jurana is the part of Korčula between Plokata and Borak. It is where is the marina, both for local small boats and for small yachts.
The ferries to Drvenik (the continent), to Hvar (Hvar island) and to Vela Luka (western tip of Korčula island) depart from the pier in the background.
Velika kneževa kula
The city wall was mostly built in the XIVth and partly put down in 1875. It has eight remaining defense towers. Most are standing, one has only the basement left. To make things more complicated, most of them have several names. Depending on what document you read, you might feel they are different while this is the same. Some documents have not been thoroughly checked and mention the same tower several times, under different names. I have tried to make it clear but if I am mistaking, feel free to correct me.
From west, clockwise :
Velika kneževa Kula,
Mala kneževa Kula,
Kula Morska Vrata,
Kula Kanalević or Balbi Tower
Kula Zakerjan or Bokar Tower or Barbarigo tower or St Barbara tower.
Kula Svih Svetih (basement) or Capello tower,
Photo 1. Massive Velika kneževa kula (Large Knight’s Tower) is the most impressive of the towers of Korcula city wall. It stands at the end of Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana. In the back ground Mala kneževa kula (Small Knight’s Tower)
Photo 2. Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana (Franje Tudjman Avenue) with Velika kneževa kula in the background. The photo was taken in front of Hotel Korčula.
Photo 3. A 1990 photo of what is now named Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana, with Kula Kanalević on the left (see following tip), Kula Morska Vrata in the middle (not easy to identify) and on top St Mark Cathedral.