Korčula island is perhaps the most visibly redolent with history – from the house in which islanders believe Marco Polo was born, to medieval fortifications erected to keep the Turkish invaders and pirates at bay.
These landmarks make the largest settlement on the island, also named Korčula, a fascinating town to explore. A tour of the town weaves in and out of the stone paved streets of one of the most beautiful towns in Dalmatia. The tour spans centuries and myriad art forms – starting with the 14th – 16th century fortifications, taking you by the Rector’s palace with its 15th century turrets, into the City Museum housed in a 16th century mansion and filled with an impressive array of artefacts and Byzantine icons that bring alive Korčula’s history.
Leaving Korčula town, drive by the lavish vineyards (which are exceptionally interesting during September at the time of the vintage) and through a number of maritime villages around the island built around inviting coves and along hillsides, with exotic names like Lumbarda, Žrnovo, Pupnat , Čara and Smokvica.
In the the small village of Smokvica , visit the family owned Museum of Wines. Some of the best wines in Croatia are produced in this region. You will have an opportunity to taste Pošip, Grk or Rukatac varieties that produce the finest wines. Enjoy a wine tasting set in the Toreta winery, and you’ll have the opportunity to see old, traditional tools used for wine growing throughout the past centuries. Afterwards, continue to the village of Žrnovo to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch in a local tavern before returning to Korčula Town.