As everywhere in Croatia, by July the water was perfect for swimming. (It’s also perfect for sea urchins, so you usually lower yourself into the water from walls or rocks.) We enjoyed the clear water and the peace of a small island that seems forgotten in time.
The island’s claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of Marco Polo. The town has built a pricey kids’ museum in his honor. But what I enjoyed weren’t so much the small narrow streets that went straight up and down or the enticing shops with local wares. I liked the way people used the evening to stroll around the perimeter of the main town. Our room overlooked this perimeter, and until late at night we enjoyed the happy sounds of diners and drinkers. The whole island exuded a sense of calm. As everywhere in Croatia, we found the people to be friendly. After the ravages of war, they are finally able to concentrate on building a better future. Thanks to international tourism, the younger residents study English, so it’s not too hard to get around.
While locals assured me that the island is cold and stormy in the winter, the beautiful summer months would be adequate compensation. As for myself, I certainly didn’t want to leave.
I haven't set any books on Korčula yet.. wait, that’s a great excuse to go back! My last Andy book was set on an island paradise too. Although I gave it the fictional name of Amiros, the setting was based on Kálymnos, which is another great island getaway (though not for Andy). The book title is Island Casualty, so you can guess that Andy found troubled waters....