Korĉula is the third island we visited on the Croatian Island cruise. The old town is surrounded by walls and the narrow streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern, allowing free circulation of air and also protection from strong winds. The old town is accessed through the Revelin Tower, built in the 14th century, it originally had a draw bridge, this was replaced with steps in the 18th century.
St. Mark’s Cathedral was built in Gothic-Renaissance style and completed in the 15th century, it’s the cathedral’s bell tower that can be seen above the rooftops of the old town.
Local people think Marco Polo, was born on the island, although there isn’t any evidence to prove this, the Depolo family did have a house on the island.
As we sailed away from Korĉula we passed Badija which is the largest island in the Korĉula archipelago.
It took nearly a day to sail to Vis, which is the farthest inhabited island from the Croatian mainland, populated by around 4000 people. It was an important military stronghold in the last world war, allied fighter planes, including the RAF, used the airfield at Vis as a base. The island was closed to tourists until 1989 as it was used as one of the main navel bases of the Yugoslav People’s Army. Unlike the islands previously visited there wasn’t an awful lot to photograph.