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Fun Things to Do on the Island of Korcula


korculaKorčula island is one of the premiere tourist destinations in Croatia. This lovely island is situated along the coast of the Adriatic Sea and near Dubrovnik. The weather in Korcula is perfect for doing many fun activities, and even winters here are very mild. Its coastal location makes it a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming, and diving. If you think those are the only things you can do in Korčula, then you are in for a surprise.



Learn the Moreska Sword Dance

The performance of this traditional dance usually takes place between June and September. This is one of the most colorful dances in Korcula and was known to be of Spanish origin. The Moreska Sword Dance tells the tale of the Red King and the Black King who went on a sword fight against each other to win the princess. You can ask one of the dancers to teach you some basic sword fighting moves.


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Climb the Marco Polo Tower

Some people believe that Marco Polo was born on the island of Korcula. It is believed that the famous merchant traveler and writer used to live in the Marco Polo Tower, which is one of Korcula’s main tourist attractions. For a small fee, you can go up the narrow stairs and enjoy the views from the top of the tower.


Play Cards with the Locals

Residents of Korcula are very friendly; even if you can’t speak the native language, there are still fun activities you could enjoy, such as playing card games. In Dalmatia, there are many local card games, but traditional card games called Treseta and Briskula are the most famous ones. Those are actually Italian card games hosted on the Croatian coast and islands, played with triestine cards. These card games are extremely popular and easy to learn, with couple of different variations and rules. Poker is also extremely popular on this island.


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If you don’t have anyone to play poker with, you can enjoy playing Texas Hold’em at partypoker. The site offers different kinds of tournaments that would match your level including the Sit & Go Single Table, Multi-Table, Shootouts, Heads Up, and Bounty Tournaments. The best choice for beginners is the Sit & Go Single Table because the stakes here are not that high and the games are quite slow; you will also have to wait for all the seats to be taken before the game can start. While on vacation, you can improve your chances of winning by reading some pointers under the “Master the Game” category at Partypoker. Here you can learn different tactics, poker theories and how to read your opponent’s actions.

Work and Enjoy the Rewards

Being on vacation in Croatia means getting away from work. So why would working be included on my list of fun activities? Some locals ask for help during the harvest season of olives in November and December, and grapes in September and October in exchange of Korčula specialties. This is a fun way to experience living on the island, and all your efforts will be rewarded with a scrumptious Croatian meal.