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Korcula, Croatia

The walled city of Korcula is a medieval gem. Walk through the 14th century gate into the Old Town, and it's like stepping back in time. Supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula features a wealth of Venetian-style architecture, including the Cathedral of Saint Mark and the Bishop's Palace. For a glimpse of ancient Korcula, note the prehistoric artifacts exhibited in the town museum. There is also an inspirational Museum of Icons full of Byzantine religious paintings, many collected by 18th century sailors. Korcula's best sand beach is Banje; Luka Korculanska beach attracts those who prefer pebbles.