Vela Luka: Wonderful Holiday in Korcula
Vela Luka, a charming town on Korcula Island, is located in a sheltered bay at the upper end of the popular holiday island. Although the ferry from Split docks here and many tourists come to the island, until today this holiday resort has remained relatively calm and authentic. Visitors appreciate the cozy atmosphere, the lovely old town with the beautiful harbor, the rich activity program and the many wonderful quiet beaches that are located around Vela Luka. If you are looking for a relaxed holiday flair in Croatia, you will definitely find your personal holiday pleasure here.
This article is a comprehensive travel guide for Vela Luka in Croatia. Here we show you the most beautiful things to do, the best beaches, amazing pictures and provide tips for recommended accommodations.
General information about Vela Luka
The holiday resort of Vela Luka is, with about 5,000 inhabitants, one of the largest towns on the popular holiday island of Korcula. Due to its location at the western end of the island, this coastal town is around 42 kilometers from Korcula town, the island’s capital. The harbor town is situated in a long narrow bay, where the two mountains Spilinski rat and Humic protect the harbor town from cold winds and harsh climates. The weather here is usually pleasantly mild, also in the off-season.
Because the ferry from Split docks here, Vela Luka is the point of the island where the most travelers start their holiday on Korcula from. However, since most visitors are drawn to the east of the island, the beautiful beaches in Vela Luka and the pretty old town have been spared of tourist crowds. Many appreciate the relaxed flair and come back again and again.
Things to do in Vela Luka
Actually, there are many interesting things to do in Vela Luka. You will find beautiful beaches, a wide range of leisure activities, amazing possibilities for excursions and interesting attractions. Here are the highlights that will await you during a visit:
Port & Old town of Vela Luka
The picturesque harbor and the small old town form the tourist hotspot of Vela Luka. Located in a picturesque bay, countless boats swing in the sun, which gives the coastal town a particularly beautiful atmosphere. Along the harbor and at the waterfront are many restaurants and cafés that invite you to linger.
A beautiful attraction of Vela Luka is the Church of St. Joseph in the city center, which was built in 1848. The church can be visited from the inside, and a climb to the church tower is also worthwhile. Also interesting is the nearby Art & Culture Center. It’s located in a beautifully renovated baroque building where important archaeological finds from the island of Korcula are exhibited.
Vela Spilja Cave
A really impressive attraction of Vela Luka is the cave Vela Spilja. It is located above the town on the Pinska rat hill and is one of the most important archaeological sites on the island of Korcula. The oldest finds date back to the late Stone Age, around 3,200 BC. and can be admired today in the cultural center of Vela Luka.
If you want to get active, leave the car in town and hike up to the Vela Spilja Cave. On the way, you will always enjoy a fantastic view of the old town and down to the long bay.
Another highlight of Vela Luka is the viewpoint of the Hum Mountain. It can be reached by car on a partly unpaved road, but also by bike or on foot along the hiking trails. Once at the top you will reach the small Hum fortress from the 19th century, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of Vela Luka and the eastern part of Korcula.
The coastal section of Cape Martina Bok, which is about 7 kilometers from Vela Luka, is beautiful for swimming and enjoying nature walks. After a 10-minute walk through pine forests and a stunning landscape, you will experience picturesque bays with an almost kitschy turquoise-blue sea. The beach is a stone beach with crystal clear water, which is ideal for snorkeling. Some nudist spots can also be found here.
The small island of Osjak is located directly in the bay of Vela Luka and can be easily reached from the coastal town by taxi boat. There are a number of small hiking trails on the island that lead through pine forests from one end to the other. On the way are beautiful bays that invite to jump into the cool water.
An absolute highlight of Vela Luka is the picturesque Proizd Island. Several times the dream beaches of the island have been voted by magazines as the most beautiful in Croatia. Proizd is uninhabited, so you can enjoy wonderful nature and seclusion while strolling across the island and to the beaches. These islets can be reached from Vela Luka by taxi boat several times a day and with a little luck you can spot dolphins on the way.
Beaches in Vela Luka
The beautiful and, above all, quiet beaches of Vela Luka guarantee a relaxing holiday at the sea. Many visitors are drawn to the city beaches, such as Poseidon Beach or Vranac Beach, which are partly pebble and partly concrete beaches. But the hidden bays and the secluded beaches are mostly around the holiday resort.
Don`t miss the picturesque beaches of Martina Bock, where a wonderful natural backdrop awaits you. Or the Lučica beach, where the sea glows in the most beautiful colors and is ideal for snorkeling. Here are the best beaches of Vela Luka at a glance:
- Vranac beach
- Poseidon beach
- Gabrica Beach
- Pičena beach
- Lučica beach
- Plitvine beach
- Meduza beach
- Bays of Martina Bock
Excursions and day trips
From Vela Luka plenty of day trips and excursions are offered in order to explore the island of Korcula. One of the highlights is definitely a visit to the island’s capital, Korcula Town, which delights with an enchanting old town. It is located in the southeastern part of the island and can be reached from Vela Luka by public bus.
A very popular destination, also for bike tours, is the village of Smokvica, a picturesque wine village in the mountains of Korcula. Blato, not far from Vela Luka, with its ethnographic museum and small old town is also worth a visit.
Where to stay in Vela Luka
In the center of the coastal town of Vela Luka, but also in the vicinity in the small bays, there are some really lovely accommodations. Most of the places to stay are apartments or holiday homes. Here are our tips for an unforgettable holiday in Vela Luka.
- Apartment: The apartments Dea Caeli are very modern and the view from the terrace of the port of Vela Luka is just breathtaking!
- B&B: The B&B Boutique rooms Kastel Ismaeli is just lovely and designed down to the smallest detail. Also the location directly on the waterfront is unbeatable.
- Holiday House: The Villa Goga II is a beautiful holiday house with pool in a quiet beach location just outside the city. The perfect place for a very special stay on Korcula.
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