Get in the adventure of exploring island Korčula
It is never too early to plan a vacation. Blue sky and crystal clear sea are a food for thought and thats exactly what Korčula abounds. Family outings are a source of pleasure and relaxation, and to children, in addition they can lead to new discoveries. Lets start with historic fortified town Korčula which is located on the eastern side of the island. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. In this beautiful city was born the world's most famous traveler and explorer Marko Polo. You can find a numerous interesting things and cultural sights. Some of them are:
- St.Mark Cathedral
- The town Hall
- St. Peters church
- Marco Polos House
- Abbey Treasury
- Revelin Tower
Only 4km on the west we arrive at the place Žrnovo. Žrnovo is remarquably picturesque with its four hamlets Brdo, Prvo selo, Kampuš, Postrana. Particularities of the place to remember:
- Roman road
- Marmont road,
- Ancient croatian wattle of the cimitery St.Vid church,
- Protected wild oak trees
- Bilin kok cliff
- Jakasova cave
"Žrnovski makaruni" very local dish, traditional gastro event "makarunada" in August - workshop teaching and tasting in which the locals and Korčula guests take place.
Medvinjak and Žrnovska Banja are places situated on a steep slopes overlooking the sea and are part of Žrnovo. Žrnovska Banja is placed only 3 km and Medvinjak only 1 km distance from Korčula town centre. In Žrnovska Banja taverns offer traditional dalmatian cousine.
Following the road from Korčula town one passes trough small place Kneža situated on the sea shore.In the attractive bay with several smaller pebble beaches and a few taverns.
The village of Račišće is situated 12 km western from the town of Korčula. It is one of the younger settlements on the island as it was only inhabited at the end of the 17th century and at the beginning of the 18th century by refugees from the Makarska littoral and Herzegovina during the Venetian-Turkish wars. The bays and wonderful natural beaches of Vaja and Samograd lie to the west of Račišće. Approach to Vaja bay is advised by boat. There is the old church of Our Lady of Christian Aid from the time of the foundation of the village (1682.), and the more recent church of St. Nicolas.
Pupnat is the smallest and one of the oldest villages on the island of Korčula, located on the highest point of 360 m above sea level, 11 km from the town of Korčula. Finds from Illyrian and Roman times have been found in the village. Numerous ancient single-story houses covered by stone slabs are preserved, especially sheep and goat houses southwest of the village. In spite it′s small size the village has preserved the Kumpanjija sword dance, old dances and many other traditions, particularly religious ones. More and more Pupnat welcomes walkers who like to see neighbouring bays Bačva, Smokova, Ripna and the nicest of them Pupnatska Luka. Two taverns are wellknown in Pupnat "Mate" and "Pagar" offering a choice of local dishes. Particularities of the place to remember: special dish "koraja s kupusom" - porc neck boiled with cabage, "lešo mulam iz glogoja" - boiled beef meat on hottest fire, grilled fresh figs.
In Čara, next to the parish church of Saint Peter in the middle of the village, grows an old cypress which is protected under Croatian laws for the preservation of nature. The best known product of Čara, besides extra quality olive oil, is the famous white wine Pošip. The winery and olive press are situated near the field and wine tasting in one of Čara′s family wineries you should not miss .
Not far from Čara, a bay of Zavalatica was developed to export the products in earlier times and today offers quality private accommodation. Nearby Žitna and Čavića luka pebble beaches are an excellent choice for families.
Smokvica, is hidden in the foothills of Vela and Mala obala, protected from wind and open to the sun and the sea. It is situated in the place where the island is widest and relief diversified. It is crossed by prehistorical gullies and antic roads. Smokvica is surrounded by beautiful nature, wine yards and olive grows. The people have always been involved in agriculture, especially in grape growing and wine production. Smokvica is home to Pošip, one of the most famous Croatian white wines. Stone houses, idyllic streets, rich cultural heritage, a hundred years old vineyards and olive groves, as well as the charm of this island village takes you back to old times. The Church of Blessed Virgin of Purification with its bell tower, Vela and Mala Pijaca and the lodge from 1700. dominate the village. The old village centre can be found in the vicinity of St. Michael’s church. Present day Smokvica invites you to enjoy the beautiful nature, visit cultural and historical sites, explore some of many walking and cycling paths and taste high-quality wine in some of the local wineries and restaurants together with gastro specialities.
Brna is situated at the southern part of Korčula island in a beautiful bay surrounded by greenery and the Sun. At the western side is Mali Zaglav peninsula, which separates Brna from Istruga bay, whilst on the southeast side there are several pebble bays surrounded by pine forest and the blueness of the sea. The entire area is surrounded by pine forest and Mediterranean herbs so the walks in this area offer are a real pleasure. Cristal clear sea, beaches and hidden bays, naturism islets, beautiful sunsets, aromatic herbs, clean nature and air...all this is Brna.
Like all the old towns on the island Blato is situated away from the seaside because the sea meant the danger, invaders and pirates always arrived by the sea. On the other hand the town developed by the lake that used to dry out in the summer, and its dry bed would turn into a fertile valley, perfect for wheat. With those favourable conditions Blato was always a rich and large town for an island. Many noblemen lived there in the tower-houses. Most those houses still stand. In 1911. the linden tree alley Zlinje was planted and it stretches from towns’s side to side. This alley is the second longest linden tree alley in Europe, right after the famous Unter den Linden in Berlin.
Vela Luka is home to many talented musicians and artists, hardworking and many-sided people, as well as the place of tradition. The Cultural Centre is located in the town centre, next to the parish church of St. Joseph, and it consists of a museum, a gallery and a library, and the wealth and diversity of Vela Luka’s history, art and cultural heritage is shown through several valuable museum collections, the archaeological collection, the gifted international collection of drawings, graphics and small sculptures and the collection of ship models carved in wood. The gifted international collection was the result of many donations from domestic and foreign artists after Vela Luka got hit by a tidal wave in the summer of 1978.Two sculptures by Henry Moore dominate the collection, which are also the only two works of that respectable artist in the Croatian territory. Vela spilja is located on the southern side of Pinski Rat Mountain, 130 m above the cove of Kale in Vela Luka and is one of the most important prehistoric archaeological localities in Europe. The archaeological finds from this site prove that several prehistoric communities have been living here and using the cave in their every-day life and for burying their dead. These extremely significant finds include thousands of pieces of ceramics, whole vessels and other objects made of earthenware. They serve as the proof of the long history of cultural, social, spiritual and economic relations between the inhabitants of Vela Spilja and other parts of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.
Indeed, when you are on the island of Korčula, you have a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy the most populated, wooded and most glamorus island on the Croatian coast.