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Vela Luka Korcula

Situated at the western end of the island of Korcula, the ferry port of Vela Luka could not be more different in character from Korcula Town. It doesn’t get as many tourists for one thing, and locals often outnumber visitors in the cafes and restaurants of the town. A string of nineteenth century houses stretch around the three-fingered bay and there are a few sights worth taking in – there’s a town museum which houses some Bronze-age pots and jewellery discovered in the nearby Vela Spila cave, which can itself be visited.

It’s a major archaeological site about twenty minutes walk outside town that was inhabited continuously from 18,000 BC until Roman times. Korcula is a major olive-growing region and Gudulija, about 3 kilometres (1 mile) outside Vela Luka is home to the island’s Olive Oil Museum where you can watch the manufacturing process and – of course- pick up a few bottles to bring home.

If you happen to be in Vela Luka on a Tuesday during the summer you’ll be able to catch the Kumpanjija – Korcula’s answer to the Moreska sword dance – which is performed to shrill bagpipe accompaniment in front of the church. The show also features klapa singing from the local folklore group. (Then again, you might want to make sure that you don’t visit Vela Luka on a Tuesday.) Nearby, anchor your Vela Luka yacht charter off the scenic islet of Proizd with it s dramatic rock formations and enjoy a lazy afternoon of sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in the clear, turquoise waters.
 

 

Mooring:

  • Bow or stern-to on the quay, or alongside depending on the space available.  

To Do:

  • Visit the Olive Oil Museum
  • Watch the Kumpanjija dance
  • Swim and snorkel at Proizid

Facilities:

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Electricity
  • Provisions
  • Daily fruit and vegetable market