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Moreska Sword Dance

  • Korcula, Dalmatia, Croatia

Last updated: 17 April, 2024

This traditional medieval sword dance, dating back hundreds of years, recounts the love story between a beautiful Turkish maiden and a local knight.

Accompanied by music, two bands of men dressed in traditional costume perform an increasingly frenzied dance, brandishing and crossing their swords till sparks fly and sweat drips. They fight it out till the end, when love prevails and the best man wins.

All performers must be native to Korcula.

Logistics

Price from: £13
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: 30 minutes

Getting there & doing it

Performances are staged in the walled garden next to the Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata), in the heart of Korcula Town.

Tickets are available from numerous travel agencies in Korcula Town. Outside peak season, tickets are also sold at the entrance just before the performance.

If you want to have dinner after the performance (most people do), be sure to reserve a table in advance as local restaurants fill up quickly on Moreska evenings.

When to do it

Performances take place May to October, every Thursday at 9pm.

Who to go with: organised tours

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