Korcula is the sixth largest of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast islands. It has had a strong international reputation beginning with the Greeks from the island of Corfu (Corcyra) who were the first to settle here in the 6th century BC. Because of its exposed location, over the centuries it has fallen subject to various rulers, and particularly the Venetians. Its long history has contributed to its cultural and characteristic elegance; pleasant squares, medieval towers and a fortified main town are all part of this island’s charm. Korcula’s thick pine forests once provided wood for many purposes including shipbuilding, and old wooden walls in Venice. Today, olive trees and vineyards have since become the core of the island’s domestic economy, while tourism is what has come to characterize Korcula as one of Croatia’s more prosperous and attractive destinations.