Feeling the Korčula calm

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The island of Korčula is one of those places where you can’t help but take a deep breath of contentment every few minutes. It is beautiful, slow-paced, and wonderfully relaxed. Our two days there were spent slowly wandering the town’s stone-paved streets, sitting by the water, and eating some great pizza and ice cream. It was just a completely relaxing and soothing place to be.

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We took a bus to Korčula town from another town called Vela Luka (where our boat from Split docked), so we got to see a lot of the island’s inner landscape as well. It was full of these old stone walls and many, many beautiful vineyards. It was pretty amazing how this huge bus was able to navigate the very narrow and twisting country roads, but it didn’t seem to faze the driver at all.

One thing that fascinated both of us about Korčula was the very different weather patterns that we experienced on each of our two nights. When we arrived in Korčula on Sunday afternoon, wind was whipping through the small streets and up against the various beaches. Our soba host told us this was the mistral, or “natural air-conditioning” that passed through Korčula every now and then. That night, the west-facing side of the island was absolutely pummeled by wind. There were large waves in the water, flags were whipping around and it felt a bit like a storm was brewing. (Our video shows the mistral in action.) All of the outdoor restaurants are on the east-facing side of the island, so we walked over there and it was a completely different experience. You would never have known about the strong wind on the other side. And then the very next day, the winds never showed up. The afternoon and entire evening were as calm as could be. So interesting …

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Korčula

See our gallery of photos tagged with “korcula”.

We spent two very relaxed days in the town of Korčula on the island with the same name. This town is famous for being the birthplace of Marco Polo, but today it’s really just a tiny vacation town on the Adriatic. In the center of the town is the compact medieval walled city, with a central main street and a bunch of side streets that fanned out on either side like bones on a fish skeleton that were only about 6 feet wide. Again, we stayed in a Soba in Korčula, this time off of one of those side streets.

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