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Korčula is an island in the Adriatic Sea, in the south Dubrovnik-Neretva county of Croatia,separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow strait of Pelješac, between 900 and 3,000 meters wide. The island has an area of 279 km2 , it is 46.8 km long and on average 6 km wide.The Korčula Archipelago comprises 48 islands, the coastal line of the island is 182 km long.The highest peaks are Klupca (568 m) and Kom (510 m). Its almost 20,000 inhabitants make it the second most populous Adriatic island after Krk. The climate is mild; an average air temperature in January is 9.8 °C and in July 26.9 °C; the average annual rainfall is 1,100 mm. The island is largely covered with the Mediterranean flora.

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The island also includes the towns of Vela Luka and Blato and the coastal villages of Lumbarda and Račišce, and in the interior Žrnovo, Pupnat, Smokvica and Čara. The main road runs along the spine of the island connecting all settlements from Lumbarda on the eastern to Vela Luka on the western end, with the exception of Račišce which is served by a separate road running along the northern coast. Ferries connect the city of Korčula with Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula and Drvenik on the mainland (near Makarska). Another line connects Vela Luka with Split and the island of Lastovo. Fast passenger catamarans connect those two ports with Split and the islands of Hvar and Lastovo. The main Adriatic ferry line connects Korčula with Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Rijeka and in summer there are direct ferries to Italian Adriatic ports.


Korčula is also the name of the ancient fortified town on the protected east coast of the island, population 3,232 (2001), geographically located at 42°57'N 17°07'E.

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The walled old city, with streets arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds, is tightly built on a promontory that guards the narrow sound between the island and the mainland. Building outside the walls was forbidden until the 18th century, and the wooden drawbridge was only replaced in 1863. All of Korčula's narrow streets are stepped with the notable exception of the street running alongside the southeastern wall, called Street of thoughts as one did not have to worry about the steps. The town includes several interesting historic sights: the central Roman Catholic cathedral of St Mark (built from 1301 to 1806), the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with its beautiful Venetian Gothic cloister, the civic council chambers, the palace of the former Venetian governors, grand 15th and 16th century palaces of the local merchant nobles, and the massive city fortifications. The city is notable for its Statute dating back to 1214 which prohibited slavery, making Korčula the first place in the world to outlaw that practice.