When I say very little advance planning, I mean neither of us had actually opened the guidebook before we got on the plane. We had, however, booked our accommodation in advance and, after a quick overnight stay in Dubrovnik, we were on the fast ferry to the island of Korcula, just as was intended in our very sketchy planning.
Had I paid a bit more attention to the guidebook, I might have been less surprised by how small the town of Korcula actually was. If Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic, Korcula is a tiny gem nestling in the setting of its ramparts and surrounded by rolling green hills and azure sea. You could visit it in half a day but it's the kind of place where you can wander the same streets again and again and always find something new to notice.
The other memorable thing we did on Korcula was watch a performance of Moreska, which is a type of traditional dancing/martial art combined with swords. The dancers/fighters were members of a local association and they were truly amazing. Sparks were flying from the blades of the sword as they struck right and left, with the dancers spinning in circles in the combat, and the weapons were definitely sharp because one of the performers was injured and had to discreetly wipe his bleeding hands on the white cloth they all wore as part of their costumes. That show was probably the one stressful moment in what was otherwise a very relaxing four days!