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Korčula          The town of Korčula is the tourist, economic and cultural centre of the island of the same name. It is one of the best preserved medieval towns in, the Mediterranean. Situated at the most strategic point of the island, on the line of the sea trade routes, it has always attracted travellers and settlers. The writers mention it as the stone town Korkyra Melaina founded by Greek colonists from the town of Knidos in Asia Minor. After the Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, the Croats came to Korčula where, today, they populate the town and island exclusively. The Korčula Statute of 1214 is one of the oldest legal documents to have been adopted in this part of Europe. The same century saw the birth of the famous world traveller and explorer, Marko Polo; his place of birth still exists in the town of Korcula. The Korculans were, and have remained, famous seamen, shipbuilders, builders, stonemasons and artists.

         As well as a residual Romanesque style, the features of Korčula houses are dominated by Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Among other treasures, monuments and institutions, Korčula offers the visitor the City Museum, the Bishop's Treasury, the Collection of icons, as well as art galleries and old churches where priceless paintings can be seen, from Leonardo da Vinci to Jacopo Tintoretto.

         The island is a real find for lovers of sports and active recreations. Korčula sparkling- clean, crystal clear sea anc its well-kept beache and unspoiled coves provide swimmers with perfect swimming, diving in an underwater world of exciting flora and fauna and windsurfing in the famous Maestral (northwest wind). There are walks through the pinescented woods and numerous caves to explore, once inhabited by the Stone-age aboriginals of Korčula. There are tennis courts and holiday sports facilities to be found in the vicinity of nearly every hotel.