The town of Korčula is one of the Adriatic coast’s most stunning locales: baroque buildings of golden stone set on a thumb of land surrounded by opal blue–green waters. One of those buildings, the historic Hotel Korčula, was renovated completely in 2015. The high-ceilinged rooms are painted marine blue with white trim, and crisp white linens and white furniture complete the theme. The modern bathrooms have walk-in showers and wide gray and white tiles. Breakfast on the hotel’s elegant loggia is a delight, with a blue-and-white-striped awning shading guests from the sun as they enjoy views of the harbor and the Pelješac peninsula across the narrow strait. Guests explore the narrow streets of Korčula town on foot and sites like Marco Polo House (the island is his rumored birthplace) and St. Mark’s Cathedral. There are sand beaches in nearby Lumbarda, and sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling can be arranged in local coves. A simple pleasure at sunset is sitting on the terrace with a chilled glass of grk, a white wine made on Korčula, while the woodsy maquis scents the breeze.