Staying in a small, but beautiful town of Cavtat situated right next crystal clear sea can relax and heal all your senses brining you peace that has been taken from you being stuck in your own little stressing routine. While relaxing, why not explore a little and learn about the place you are staying?
Relatively near Cavtat there lays rather interesting place to visit – we are talking about the island of Korčula, the second most populous Adriatic island, right after Krk and the sixth largest one. It is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago, separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow strait. Korčula is covered with Mediterranean flora, including extensive pine forests by which it got its name from the Greeks – Melaina Korkyra or “Black Corfu”. During history, the island was populated by Illyrians (from whom we have remains of buildings and fortresses – gradine), Greeks (from whom we find artefacts and marble tombstones), Romans (remains of old villas), Byzantines, Venetians and Austrians creating, thus, a marvellous and intriguing historical mixture on such a fairly small surface.
On the island there is the town bearing the same name. This historic fortified town on the east coast of the island includes many historic sites such as the birth house of Marco Polo, Cathedral of St Mark (built from 1301 to 1806), the Franciscan monastery, the civic council chambers, the palace of the former Venetian governors, grand 15th- and 16th- century palaces of the local nobles as well as the massive city fortifications.
On your way to the island you should also stop by Ston, only an hour away from Cavtat. Ston is famous for its old salt flats and the second longest city walls in the world (after the Chinese walls). On your way from Ston to port in Orebić (from where you will go on a 15 minutes ferry ride to Korčula) you will undoubtedly enjoy the scenery of the famous vineyards of Pelješac peninsula, beautiful countryside and old settlements.
If you are willing to hear a story of this marvellous island, take a day of your time to taste some good wine enjoying the sounds of klape singing and feel like a real relaxed Dalmatian.