VELA LUKA, KORCULA ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Vela Luka

Vela Luka means "Big Harbour" in Croatian. It is the largest town on the island of Korcula and the second largest town in the Croatian islands, a home to 4100 people. It is situated on the west side of Korcula island, at the end of a 9.2 km long and sheltered bay which is full of beaches and coves with classy holiday villas, apartments and hotels. The town itself is made up of lovely Mediterranean style stone town houses, villas and cottages, interspersed with lively squares full of cafes, bars and restaurants. If you stay in town, you are immersed in the life of narrow cobbled streets, charming shops, fish markets and always just a few steps away from the sea. Further afield from the town, in the numerous aquamarine bays, there are sumptuous villas with pools, lovely beaches and tranquillity. Close to Vela Luka there is the small island of Proizd, whose beach was voted the most beautiful Adriatic beach in 2007.


Vela Luka
Vela Luka

Vela Luka is synonymous with olive growing and fishing. To find out more about the production of olive oil, you can visit the Zlokic Collection of Olive Growing and Olive Oil, where you will have a chance to see an ethnographic collection related to olive growing and to sample and buy olive oil.


Art and culture are a part of everyday life in Vela Luka, where many artists have settled. Visit museums and galleries that are located in the old town building where there is a Centre for Culture next to the Parish Church of St. Joseph. During the summer months you can enjoy "Luka Summer" (Lusko lito) which is a series of local concerts, dances and performances. While away the evening with a cool beer, and watch the amazing old martial dance performed by men with swords.


A boat moored in Vela Luka
A boat moored in Vela Luka

Apart from glorious swimming, there are diving schools, boating, hiking and bicycling along the scenic bicycle trails. The weather is superb, with 2600 hours of sunshine in a year. Near to the town, up a steep hill there is Vela Spila, the 20 000 years old cave. Important finds from the cave, such as ceramic bowls, amphorae and bones are exhibited in the Culture museum. The views from up there are stunning.


Vela Luka can be reached directly by a ferry from Split. Twice a day there is a car and passenger ferry and in addition, once a day there a fast catamaran ferry for foot passengers only. Daily bus service from Dubrovnik to Vela Luka via Korcula Town – check info and timetable. Weekly ferry service from Pescara (Italy) to Vela Luka (also see Vela Luka to Pescara ferries) – this fast ferry is sailing in high season only – July and August. It takes just over 4 hours to reach Vela Luka from Italy.


Korcula town and Lumbarda

Korcula town

Considered to be the birth place of Marco Polo, Korcula town is a beautifully preserved medieval town dating from the 13th Century. The town is fortified and positioned on a small elevated peninsula providing a commanding position over the strait between the island and the mainland. Today Korcula's narrow alleyways and town squares provide the setting for bars, restaurants, shops and galleries. There are many excellent restaurants and classy boutique hotels and a cocktail bar in one of the circular towers that form a part of the ancient fortifications. One of the most picturesque and important historic town in Croatia. Well worth a day trip.


Korcula Town
Korcula Town

Lumbarda

Lumbarda is a small, picturesque fishing village of about 1000 inhabitants, located on the eastern Korcula a short distance from Korcula town. Lumbarda, a village of pretty cottages and villas, sandy beaches, vineyards and olive groves, a sheltered harbour and small marina, restaurants, shops and cafes.


Just out of town but still within walking distance is Plaza Prizina (Prizina beach) a gorgeous sandy beach in a wide bay. There are beach bars and a bistro on the beach. With an abundance of sandy beaches Lumbarda is a great location for families with young children.


Lumbarda is a very relaxing and peaceful place, but there are plenty of shops, coffee bars and 14 restaurants, something for everyone's taste. Fishing is famous, and fresh fish and shellfish first class, prepared simply, the local way. The notable and strictly locally made white wine is called Grk and it is very delicious.


Lumbarda beach
Lumbarda beach
Lumbarda harbour
Lumbarda harbour

Buses and ferries

Buses from Lumbarda to the town of Korcula go regularly.


From the mainland town of Orebic it is just a 15 minute ferry ride to the harbour right below the walls of Korcula town. The car ferry docks further up the coats between Korcula and Lumbarda.


A day trip to the fabulous Dubrovnik is possible. A two hour drive once you are on the mainland. Or spend a relaxing day visiting the fantastic wineries and beaches on the mainland Peljesac peninsula.


Split

Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.


Split waterfront
Split waterfront

Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.


Orebic

Orebic - think grand captain's houses with tropical plants along the sea promenade, long pebbly/sandy beach, romance and fun. That is how we would sum up this wonderful and friendly but elegant small town on the south of the Peljesac peninsula, looking across to the island of Korcula. A great, centuries long maritime tradition has brought prosperity to Orebic, and is still remembered in the town's Maritime Museum.


View from above Orebic towards Korcula
View from above Orebic towards Korcula

We would recommend Orebic to anyone, but it is especially suitable for families looking for an interesting but safe place to rest and play. The small town with seven fountains abounds with cafes and restaurants, easy to get to beaches, some of which have children's play areas. A car is not essential as everything is within walking distance. You will be spoilt for a choice of day trips - visit Dubrovnik, hop over to Mljet island and Korcula (15 minute ferry ride) for a magical experience, explore small pearly villages on the Peljesac peninsula, visit great wineries- one of them is in Orebic, the Korta Katarina which also has a good restaurant. All over Peljesac there are wineries producing one or other version of the red wine from the Plavac mali grape (Dingac, Postup, Plavac), white Posip and some rosé wines.


It is home to some lovely beaches, the main one in Orebic is of fine pebbles and sand (Trstenica beach) but there are quite a few sandy ones. Serious windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paragliding is in nearby Viganj. Other activities are diving among shipwrecks, hiking cycling, walking up the mountain to the 15th century Franciscan monastery with great views. Once a week from June to September the town offers wine and food tasting and there are performances of traditional Klapa music known as "The sounds of Dalmatia". There are music workshops in the local church. In July there is a shipbuilding workshop for children on the promenade in the town. If you are there in late September, there is a very enjoyable local championship in extreme and other sports, followed by special entertainment events (called Rozariada).


Family Grljusic runs a rural inn in a village of Gurića Selo, a small place located high in the hills above Orebić. They established a climbing venue, Hrid, next to the village. The site offers seven climbing routes, and they will be adding more. Experienced climbers can try it themselves, while beginners can learn the basics of rock climbing accompanied with a professional guide. Contact Gurica Selo, Orebić telephone: +385 (0)98 969 0141 or +385 (0)20 713 637 email: boris.grljusic@gmail.com


Getting there

cathch a bus from Dubrovnik (2 hours 30 min) or go by hire car or taxi. If you are arriving from the direction of Split take the ferry from Ploce which takes you to Trpanj from where it is ashort drive across the peninsular to Orebic.



Our Villas in Vela Luka


Villa Zen
Villa Zen An outstanding modern 7 bedroom luxury villa with stunning sea views. Access to beach, set in its own extensive grounds with pool and terraces.
Villa Dina
Villa Dina A six bedroom, six bathroom new luxury, air-conditioned villa with a heated pool, just 15 metres away from the sea and a pebbly beach. Jacuzzi, games room, sauna, gym. Fabulous sea views.
Villa Stone Village
Villa Stone Village A four bedroom, four bathroom luxury villa with solar energy, consisting of three individual connected cottages. Swimming pool, fabulous sea views, 20 metres from its own private beach. Own mooring for a small boat.
Villa Nirvana
Villa Nirvana A two bedroom, one bathroom air conditioned villa renovated recently to a high standard. Garden and terraces, pool, sea views. On the edge of a small village near Vela Luka. Only 250 metres footpath down to pebbly beaches. Great sea views.
Villa Cascade
Villa Cascade A newly built luxurious villa in an exquisite setting, 5m from the sea and few minutes to the beach. Fantastic views across the ocean to Islands and beyond. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Fully air-conditioned and free WiFi internet.
Villa Connie
Villa Connie A luxury, newly renovated ecological seaside villa, just ten metres from the beautiful sea. Four double bedrooms, two bathrooms, garden, pool, terraces, BBQ, own sea access. Pet friendly. Mooring for a small boat. Fans for cooling. Stunning.
Villa Azaria
Villa Azaria A new built stone villa, air-conditioned, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 50 metres from a wonderful beach in a quiet bay.
Villa Virginia
Villa Virginia A luxury, four bedroom, four bathroom air-conditioned villa with a vast garden and pool, wine cellar,many terraces, BBQ, parking, beach 150 metres.
Villa Suraya
Villa Suraya A luxury, 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, air conditioned new seafront villa, seaside terraces, pool, hot tub, games room with own sitting room, sauna, gym, ADSL internet, BBQ, parking. Own boat mooring. Stunning sea view.
Villa Splendor
Villa Splendor A luxury, air-conditioned, 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom villa, 2 kitchens, 2 sitting rooms, WiFi, heated pool, outdoor whirlpool, garden, BBQ, gym, wellness with an indoor whirlpool, sauna, pool table. Beach 8 metres, own mooring. Sea view!
Villa Corvetta
Villa Corvetta A luxury, modern, air-conditioned, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa, 2 kitchens, 2 sitting rooms, WiFi, infinity pool, garden, BBQ, pool table. Beach 15 metres, direct sea access, boat mooring. Sea view.
Villa Kora
Villa Kora Air-conditioned, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with garden and pool, terrace, WiFi, BBQ, sea view, parking, beach 80 metres, own boat mooring.
Villa Korcula Beach
Villa Korcula Beach A luxury, new, fully air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom stone villa, 2 kitchens, WiFi, garden, heated pool, sea view, outdoor terraces, BBQ, beach 40 meters, reserved beach space with deck chairs, parking for 3 cars, private boat mooring.


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