As the new year kicks off with yet more international endorsement of destinations in Croatia, the New York Times placed Korcula as one of the top 52 places not to miss this year on January 7, 2016.
Korcula is of course most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo, though why anyone would want to leave such as idyllic birthplace to travel the world is open to question. Its main walled town of the same name is sometimes called a ‘mini-Dubrovnik’ and is certainly one of the best preserved old walled towns in Europe, as well as the island’s main attraction.
But away from the town, Korcula is a green and natural paradise, little interspersed with old stone villages and delightful little bays. Bays like Istruga on the south side, near the village of Brna. With a rare sandy beach and a deep bay, this is where you might find Roman Abramovich moored up for the night, as happened in 2014, or in times gone by one of the coolest festivals on the Adriatic coast – the Istruga Summer Festival.
Croatia, so many hidden secrets, which are yours to discover.