Located in the Korčula Channel about 3 km in front of Hvar’s southern coast is the island of Šćedro, a Dalmatian jewel covering 8.4 km². Rather impossible to pronounce for non-native Croatian speakers, the name ‘Šćedro’ is said to derive from ‘štedri’ in the old Slavonic language, meaning charitable or generous. But why, might you ask?
A postcard of the Adriatic plastered on the covers of the world’s most prominent travel magazines. A glitzy and glamorous island that brings the world’s most extravagant yachts every summer. A heaven of after-beach parties and summertime indulgence.
There aren’t many islands in the world that are beautiful enough to host the likes of Meryl Streep and other movie stars cast in Mamma Mia! Vis Island, however, fits the ‘how can I resist you?’ role, but its claim to fame goes far beyond Hollywood.
An island of fishers. A former Yugoslav military base. A famous Hollywood film set. And home to one of the best beaches in Europe. Even these accolades hardly scratch the surface of what Vis has to uncover as one of Croatia’s most exciting islands.
Whether the Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo was really born on the island of Korčula, we may never know. But even without his trace on the island, we can certainly confirm one thing - Korčula is one of Dalmatia’s precious gems.