Korčula island – Vela Luka
Vela Luka is the largest place on the island of Korčula and developed at the beginning of the 19th century in a deep, protected bay.
Located in an irregularly shaped bay at the western end of the island, Vela Luka is the island’s main ferry port to Split and Lastovo. Founded by the inhabitants of Blato to export its wine and oil, Vela Luka does not have the medieval appearance of the town of Korčula, but its sea row of houses from the 19th century, bordered by palms and lawns, is as handsome as any other in Dalmatia. Vela Spila Cave and sun paradise on the coast of Proizda provide the main excuses for staying. As in Blato, the streets of Vela Luka have no names, but are numbered.
The cultural center located in the renovated Baroque building, the old summer house Kaštela has a valuable archaeological collection of prehistory from the nearby Neolithic site of Vela Spilje, and Roman sites around the town. In addition, here is a collection of contemporary art: paintings, prints, sculptures by local and world artists donated to Vela Luka in the 1970s.
Near Vela Luka there are numerous bays suitable for swimming, and the wooded nearby island of Ošjak is particularly attractive.