Vela Luka – the Town Made Famous by a Love Song
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Only now I see what Vela Luka, the sea and you mean to me, memories is all I will have left… these are the verses of the song that has made Vela Luka widely famous, a town on the western side of the Island of Korčula, which, with its 276 square kilometers, is the sixth largest island in the Adriatic.
In the middle ages, Vela Luka was an area where the dukes and aristocrats of Korčula would build their villas and castles. Vela Luka is a town where the traditional original Croatian ‘a capella’ band music, the ‘klapa’, is still very much alive, it is a town with an interesting and rich cultural heritage. The Vela Luka cultural and entertainment summer festival, Luško Lito, begins on June 24th, on St. John Day, with a revived regatta of row boats from Gradina bay to the town centre. In its program, which lasts until the beginning of February, Luško Lito includes over 40 nights of cultural and entertainment events. Especially interesting will be the performance of the folklore association Kumpanija, performing ancient Vela Luka dances and knightly games, fishery nights, olive oil nights, as well as theatre nights and nights of classical music.
A must see destination for all visitors of vela Luka, especially in the summer months, are the tiny islands Ošjak i Proizd. The first is located in the very centre of the entrance to the Vela Luka bay and is completely covered by a thick pine tree forest, crossed with hiking trails leading to accessible karrens and places ideal for swimming and sunbathing. On the western side there is an exceptionally beautiful cave surrounded by rocks and the sea. Ošjak has become to be known as the “island of love”.
While discovering all these beauties we recommend you one of two smaller camps, Potirna and Mindel to feel the pristine nature of Korcula.