Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Korcula – 13 September 2010

Korcula is only a 15 minute ferry ride from Orebic, and is therefore the easiest way to visit one of the islands off the Dalmatian Coast. Korcula is a wonderful medieval town, built on a headland jutting out into the sea, and probably very similar to the time when Marco Polo set sail to explore the world.

We walked around the sea walls, and climbed the tower of his house, all of which would have been very familiar to Marco. The rest of his house is a ruin, but the tower is quite intact, and we looked out to sea, as I'm sure he and his family also did in the 13th century.

Once again we postponed the afternoon drive to Mostar, and instead opted for a relaxing afternoon on the beach, as it was such a beautiful summer's day. This time we stayed at Prapratno, a short distance from Ston. After swimming and sunbathing, we again did the wall walk, but this time all the way to Mali Ston. This took about 45 minutes, and gave a greater appreciation of this amazing structure. Ston is reputedly the gastronomical highlight of Croatia and the number of mussel farms in the bay around meant that mussels prepared in the local way featured on every menu and were thus a must-try. Unfortunately they were gritty, overly salty, tough and underdone – a thoroughly under-whelming experience.

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