Readers’ travel tips for The Guardian readers picked up small, beautiful Mediterranean islands to describe, and among the list published this week is Korčula, magical island near Dubrovnik.

‘These picks are hardly household names but with their solitude and scenery they are the antidote to the more familiar, crowded, Med hotspots’, says The Guardian, and here’s what one reader, nicknamed eurohike, wrote:

This island, served by ferries from several mainland towns, and the islands of Hvar and Mljet, is held by many to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. A museum in Korčula Town celebrates the adventurer’s travels in China by admitting Chinese visitors free of charge. A steep ascent to the top of what is said to be his family home’s tower repaid us with a bird’s eye view over the narrow streets and alleyways of the town. Taking a short bus journey to Lumbarda, a little village east of the town, we swam and sunbathed on the nearby quiet sandy beaches. The Greeks planted the first vineyards in this area over 2,000 years ago, so we ended the day with a glass or two of grk, the excellent local white wine.

 

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