Korčula town, Lumbarda, Badija, Brna, Zavalatica, Vela Luka
Korčula's Old Town history and culture; sward dance Moreška, Marko Polo's birth house, sandy beaches, local wines Pošip and Grk, gastronomy-fish, pasta, lamb...The coast of this island has many gulfs and coves,some only accessible by boat, where you can enjoy pristine nature and crystal clear sea. The inhabitants of Korčula lived from land and the sea, as they do today as well, combined with tourism. They were fishermans and ship builders and growing olives, grapes, citrus fruits, figs... Large part of island is fertile valley full of vineyards where Korčula produces wines, specialy the famous white wine Pošip.
Korčula island is treasure of history, culture, Mediterranean plants and herbs, wineyards, gastronomy and cristal clear sea. Many ancient civilisations left their mark on this island: Illyrians, Greeks – who called it „Korkyra Melaina“ meaning „Black Korčula „ because of island's dense pine forests, the Venetians, the Austrians, the Brits...
Is the largest settlement on the island. Also called „Little Dubrovnik“, because of its medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses.
Korčula's Old Town is located on a small peninsula surrounded with town walls with eight towers and it's streets are in a form of a fishbone, as a protection from strong winds. /br>Beautifull walled town with narrow streets, old buildings, monuments, cafes, restaurants and bars. Entrance to the Old Town is through the Land Gate (Kopnena vrata) at the south of the Old Town. Above this gate is also the Revelin tower, where you can climb for some scenic views.
More panoramic views of the town you can get also climbing to the highest point in Korčula Old Town – top of St Mark's Cathedral. There is also another entrance to the Old Town to its west – the Sea Gate (Primorska vrata) According to legend in a house belonging to the Polo family in the Old Town Korčula in 1254 was born Marko Polo - a Venetian writer, trader and researcher. In the Marco Polo Museum you can see the exhibition with the details of his many trips. Next to the Marco Polo house we can recommend restaurant „Adio Mare“.
Anoteher city's attraction is „Moreška“ – historical sward dance, performed all summer long to the music of drums and bagpipes.
Maybe it could be interesting for you to take a bike tour from Korčula Town and explore country roads full of olive trees and vineyards, visiting a local winery for a wine tasting and lunch. www.korculaexplorer.com - we reccomend these local experts for different kind of tours in Lumbarda and Korčula, tasting, cycling... Tuesday and Wednesday are always crowded in marina, so try to avoid it. MySea Korčula
Is settlement with 1200 inhabitants, just 5km from Korcula Old Town. For centuries local people were farmers, fishermen and stone-masons. Several prominent modern Croatian artists, sculptors and painters were born here.
Lumbarda area has relatively flat terrain so it is great place to stretch you legs, and take a walk or cycle amongs the fields, mostly vineyards, but also olives, figs... ideal location for wine tasting with several wineries and family-run restaurants, offering traditioal dishes. Excellent local white wine is Grk, and this is the only place in Croatia that it is produced!
Sandy beaches are highlight of Lumbarda! The largest ones to mention are Pržina and Bilin žal, both calm and shallow providing safe and fun environment for children to play and castle building! And adults lounging with summer cocktail in beach bar.
Vela Luka town
Situated in deep sheltered bay, with few islets around. It developed from a fishermen's and peasant's village to an attractive, cultivated and picturesque small town. Chief occupations are farming, wine production, olive growing and processing, fishing and of course tourism. In archeological museum in Vela Luka, valuable material is kept, confirming the value of this locality far from prehistoric times. Five minute walk uphill from Vela Luka is „Vela Spila“ (The Great Cave) location that has become a major centre for archeological research. Coordinated by the local museum and an international team led by Cambridge University in the UK, digging seasons take place here every September. If you can not find a berth in Vela Luka, even better alternative is restaurant buoy in Gradina bay, behind the Gubesa island. Here you can take a swim also, in Vela Luka port is not convenient for swimming.
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ISLETS OF KORČULA TOWN AND LUMBARDA ARCHIPELAGO - known as „Škoji islands
There are 20 little islets in this archipelago,here are the main ones:
Popular place for day trip by Korčula locals and visitors alike. Size of 1 km2, forested with pine and oak and bordered by rocky and pebble beaches. Walking path is full way around the island, and also up to the top of the hill for panoramic views. Landmark of this islet is Gothic-Rennaisance Franciscan monastery and the church dating from the 15th century, open to visitors in the summer months. Islet has restaurant offering basic meals and drinks. And maybe you will have to save a bite for the deer -they have been living on the islet for a while and are fully accustomed to people.
Less then half size of Badija, it is the only inhabited Skoji Island. Just few families, and they let rooms and apartments to the guests. Known by the „white gold“ – a famous white stone that was used in building a number of famous buildings not only in Croatia but troughout Europe – Aja Sophia,Vienna Parliament, Stockholm City Hall... Remains of this impressive quarries which date from Roman times still can be seen on the island. „Arts Club“ is the reception area of the islet, and it's located in former builiding of the old school, it unites museum, art gallery (you can buy here a souvenir by the local artists, with real value) and a restaurant („konoba“) with traditional dishes.
The waters around are the most crystal clear and have beautiful colours, making the whole area a great swimming and snorkelling location. Moro Beach restaurant/bar gives you exquisite atmosphere in it's chill zone, offering cocktails, great selection of best wines, and traditional dalmatian cuisine with a modern twist, everything fresh and from the surroundings. Many celebrities from around the world are regular here.
Bays and beaches
Few more bays and beaches:
On the north side of island:
On the north side of island - is settlement in large and well protected bay from most of unpleasant and upredictable winds. Offers swimming and sunbathing, together with other local tourist facilities.
It takes 30 min walk to reach the very centre of Koručula town. You can take a walk also little up the hill to Žrnovo –one of the oldest settlements on the island, to enjoy the rustic atmosphere. Traditional family run restaurant GERA offers grilled fish, meat and local vegetables, and well known home made pasta of Žrnovo – called Makaruni.
Račišće and Prigradica
Small touristic villages with port, and small markets if you need groceries by the way, anchoring and swimming in clean sea...
On the south side of island – is pebble beach in a deeper bay, with two seaside restaurant/caffes offering snacks, grilled food and drinks.
Žitna & Zavalatica
On the south side – hidden little bay, unpopulated, having just one house built there. Next to Zavalatica place.
Is a bay and a small settlement with harbour on the southern coast of island. Bay is well sheltered and because of it favourite among the yachting community. Offers beautiful surroundings by Mediterranean vegetation, and clean sea to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, fishing....All the restaurants seve traditional Dalmatian food and the local Pošip wine.
On the south shore – small tourist settlement with port, which is well protected from northen, southern and easter winds. Another place of peace nad unspoiled nature. Few restaurants and caffe bars, and small market.