In the previous post I described Island Korcula and beautiful beaches all over the island. This time I will write more about the biggest town on west side of the island-Vela Luka.
This summer I was settled in a weekend house few kilometers from Vela Luka, so had a chance to go there every day.
Vela Luka is a place located on the western side of the island Korcula. It’s name means ‘Big Harbour’. It’s not accidentally, due to the appropriate position Vela Luka become the main port of Korcula island.
Nowadays local people are more and more focused at tourism, with several hotels (Korkyra, Pojsedon, Jadran, Adria), camp and private accommodation, but Vela Luka was also well known for it’s great shipyard Greben (from 1948) and sea food industry “Jadranka”. Today it is also known as place for rehabilitation, with its medical center ‘Kalos’ for rheumatic disorders.
I don’t think ports are convenient places for swimming, but this one has few nice beaches. Usually, during my stay here, I had a practice to explore beaches in the neighborhood. Few kilometers from town you can find beautiful beaches as Martina Bok, Gradina, Tankaraca, Adria etc. But at night we liked to go to “Luka” for dinner in some of the good restaurants located along the main street. It’s not too crowded place but in July and August they regularly organize interesting events and on these days it can be more crowded. The most popular events are fisherman evenings ( each Thursday and here you can try local specialties) and traditional costume ball-‘Maskare’. ‘Maskare’ are usually held on last Saturday in July and this summer were very interesting. Local people were dressed up as characters from Roman mythology who paraded along main street.
If you see group of 5-9 man who singing, on fisherman evening or some other event, that is ‘Klapa’- traditional a capella singing in Dalmatia. Klapa music perfectly match summer night on the coast of Adriatic sea.
Vela Luka is also reach in history and historical sites. One place is specially worth to mention when talking about Vela Luka and it is archaeological place-Cave “Vela Spila” (Big Cave). It’s situated above the town and there are Mesolithic and Neolithic findings. Also radiocarbon dating has shown that there was human activity 20 000 years ago. That was so long that Korcula was not an island but part of Balkan peninsula. 🙂
When you’re in Vela Luka don’t miss to visit Proizd island! I could say for this island that is real pearl of the Adriatic. It’s located on the western side from Korcula island. During summer period there are organized tours every day and each hour. You arrive in half an hour with taxi boat. When you arrive, near port you can see one restaurant ‘Proizd’ and that’s all. Nobody lives on this island and that’s part of it’s beauty. Crystal clear turquoise water and untouched nature will make you feel you’re in paradise. Gorgeous rocky and gritty beaches are on the north side of island and you come there through marked forest trails. One of these is nudist beach (Donji Bili Bok).
I had an amazing day on this island with lot of swimming, sunbathing, chilling, taking pics of nature…When is not too crowded it’s such peaceful and relaxing place.
Maybe is enough to tell you that Proizd island is voted for the best Croatian beach in 2007 by Croatian National Tourist Board and British Daily Telegraph included this island among the five most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic.