July 26, 2019 – Continuing our look at the Adriatic coast as It Once Was almost 50 years ago, a visit to Orebic on Peljesac.
Tourism has changed the Croatian coast considerably in the last 50 years. Some destinations have changed beyond recognition, such as Dubrovnik, where the mass tourism of cruise ships and buses and buses of day trips are filling the old town as never before – a far cry from 50 years ago.
Other destinations, such as Korcula, seem hardly to have changed at all.
The paths that Korcula and Dubrovnik have chosen for their tourism are very different, something I looked at recently in Is Korcula Really a Mini Dubrovnik? Please May It Never Be.
One man who has been instrumental in lifting the quality of Korculan tourism is Brit Michael Unsworth, who arrived in Orebic across the water back in 1972 chasing a local girl. They have been happliy married ever since, and Michael found a second love – Korcula and Orebic. He is the man behind Lesic Dimitri Palace, arguably the best 5-star boutique hotel on the coast, and his Michelin-recommended restaurant has been the catalyst for Korculan hospitality to up its game, and with considerable success.
So this one’s for you, Michael, to thank you for all you have done. A trip down memory lane to the Orebic you arrived to back in 1972.