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The first mention of Korčula town dates back to the 10th century, while date of its founding still remains unknown. As early as the 15th ct. Milan nobleman Pietro Casola wrote that Korčula is “as bright and clean as a beautiful jewel”.

The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. The town's historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St Mark, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. The 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful cloister is situated on the islet of Badija, near Korčula Town.

Marco Polo, one of the world’s greatest explorers and travel writers, was born in the town of Korčula. Polo travelled the renowned Silk Road and worked as Kublai-Khan’s diplomat. He discovered the highly developed Chinese civilization and introduced it to Europe. He brought over paper money, spaghetti, silk and spices. Even Christopher Columbus, before he discovered America, used Polo’s travel book to create notes for his travels. The story of his life interests many so they come to visit his home in Korčula where they can learn many interesting details on his life.

Nearby village of Lumbarda, which is located 5 km from Korčula offers a variety of numerous attractions. There are some of the best beaches on the island. Apart from beaches Pržina and Bilin Žal in Lumbarda, we strongly recommend that you visit the beach Pupnatska luka, fifteen kilometers away from Korčula.