42 kilometers from Korcula and situated at the end of a big naturally enclosed by the woody island of Osjak. Vela Luka, together with Blato and Korcula, is one of the three island centres with a developed touristic, industrial and urban infrastructure.
Neolithic remains have been found in a cave in Spilinski Rat, while Roman remains, more numerous than Greek ones, have been found in Privala, Tecar, Bradat, Kovnice, Picena, Gradina, Garma, Poplata, Proizd and many other nearby localities. An interesting monument can be visited in Gradina – a small church on an island which was separated from the island of Korcula in the distant past; around the church are the ruins of a monachs’ shelter. The oldest preserved building is the “kastel” of the Ismaellis Korcula princes.
Make sure to begin your brief visit to Dubrovnik with a promenade in Stradun or Placa,…
the main street, while getting the first impressions of one of the Mediterraneans most beautiful cities. The astonishing city of stone is surrounded with 1,940 m long stone walls. A tour of the worlds second most frequented open-air museum will definitely take your breath away.
The fantastic views will inspire you to take some photographs, and the sights that you will capture will continue to amaze you over and over again. Visit the museums of Dubrovnik and find out where the rector of the glorious Dubrovnik Republic used to live, where grain was stored, which sailing ships formed parts of the powerful Dubrovnik Republic fleet travelling around the world, making Dubrovnik famous.
Taste some of the delicious Mediterranean specialities at the taverns and restaurants of the Old City and complete the treat with a cup of coffee in Stradun.
Buy some of the typical Dubrovnik souvenirs (delicacies, traditional filigree jewellery, a bronze statuette of St Blaise, Konavle embroidery…) to always remind you of the day when you began to discover Dubrovnik and inevitably fell in love with it forever, wishing to come back…
The historical centre of the island is built on a small peninsula which narrows the passage between the island and the mainland to bare 1270 metres. The very possibility of the control of navigation of galleys and sailing boats along the eastern coast of the Adriatic at this place was the cause of the foundation of the small town-fortress, which issued this important service to various masters.
In its present form it develops rapidly from the 13th century, the century of the proclamation of the Statute, coming of the dukes from the Venetian family Zorzi, the century of Marko Polo.
The town walls and towers, from that time on, are ever higher and stronger, and houses and churches are ever higher and more comfortable. The town is at the peak of its might in the 16th century when it could “receive 6.000 inhabitants”.
The building is quite concentrated; “the whole city enclosed by walls does not surpass by its surface one modern football stadium”; some experts compare the Middle Age Korcula and its narrow streets with Manhattan. The town impressed many medieval writers and travel writers, and it deterred, by its fortification, many invaders.
In 2007 the little island of Proizd was chosen as the Beach of the Year by the Croatian Tourist Board, whereas the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph placed it among the five most beautiful Adriatic beaches.
Proizd has a rocky and pebbly coast and its north side is absolutely breathtaking. This is where Bili boci, a beach with white rocks immersed in the turquoise sea, can be visited.
During the summer season a ship service connects Proizd with Vela Luka on a daily basis. Depending on the guests’ desires, Mediterano organises special transport. Mediterano also organises a day visit to Proizd which includes a fish menu for lunch as well as unlimited amounts of wine.
There is a small restaurant next to Proizd’s dock and well-managed forest trails lead you to the beach.
A very special tip is an excursion to the island of Proizd. According to the New York Times, this is one of the 12 most beautiful islands in the world.