“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain (Courtesy HAL)
Korcula is an island in the Adriatic Sea, in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county of Croatia. The island lies jot off the Dalmatian coast. je island of Korcula belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago, separated from the Peljesac peninsula by the narrow strait of Peljesac. The climate is mild; an average air temperature in January is 50 degrees in January and 80 degrees in July ( The day of our visit he forecast was: Chance of Rain 66 degrees) The economy, besides tourism is based on agriculture, namely the cultivation of grape vines, olives , fruit, fishing and fish processing. Summer tourism has a long tradition on the island. (Courtesy HAL)
Out of the 36 ways we sailed on this Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage, the weather was disappointing for only two ports; Odessa and Korcula. Odessa because of the cold and Korcula because of the rain.
This was tender port and our anchorage was some distance from the city dock, and then we boarded the tender for the 15 minute ride, we felt very good about the prospects of exploring this walled city. Several tours had been offered by the shore excursion desk, but we were only interested on a “stroll of our own”. Not thinking we would need the large umbrella sitting in our stateroom closet (courtesy of HAL) we opted to rely on the small collapsible umbrella that fits in my backpack, the accompanying pictures will show what a mistake that was!
As soon as we disembarked the tender, the sky opened up and we scrambled, first to get the umbrella out and opened, then finding shelter in a local hotel lobby. Once the downpour eased, we proceeded up a stairway through the beautiful ancient wall. By now we were thoroughly drenched, running from doorway to doorway. After about an hour of this, Barbara finished her shopping so we caught the next tender back to the ship. That evening a dinner, Bill Prins showed us some pictures that the had taken later in the afternoon after the rain had lessened. We felt so bad that we had not stayed and explored more of this beautiful city and port.
Later after dinner we had to bid our dinning room staff adieu – one of the saddest parts of cruising, along with packing up and the reality that the end is near is when you set your bags out in the hallway for pickup.
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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Korcula, Croatia”
So sorry you didn’t get to explore more of that beautiful old city–the pictures you did get were fascinating!!! My, I would have loved to explore that place. (but not in pouring rain) Jack, you have quite a collection of Tender pictures now—you should blow them up & display them.
Hi Barbara and Jack,
I know how sorry you are to leave the ship
We have so enjoyed all of the photos. I too would have been heart broken to miss Korcula. Looks like a great place to wander
Have a safe trip home
Ray and Sue