The island of Korcula is one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands, very close to the mainland and the Peljesac peninsula (which is only a 15-minute ferry ride) with beautiful rocky beaches, but also of sand, rich in history and a very ancient winemaking tradition
It has beautiful pebble beaches in the northern part, with depths that gradually drop while in the southern part of the island there are golden sandy beaches such as the przina family beach, equipped with bars and pedal boat rental points and beach equipment. Diving enthusiasts can take advantage of the rocky coasts in the westernmost part of the island – near Vela Luka – where there are many interesting dive sites and the depths are deep and mysterious.
Climate: The island Korcula has an exquisitely Mediterranean climate with fairly high average temperatures (16.8 °), with many hours of sunshine and a few days of rain concentrated mostly in autumn and winter. How to get to Korcula: Korcula is connected to the mainland by a local ferry crossing Split, Hvar, Vela Luka, Ubli and Korcula – Orebic line. Once landed in Korcula or Vela Luka, the island can be explored via a road that runs through it. In addition to the beautiful city of Korcula with its historic center enclosed by walls and ramparts, on the island of Korcula there are other countries that stand out for their vitality and authenticity.
The peculiarity of the settlements of the island Korcula is that they are all or almost inland of the island, are connected by a single regional road, but all have an outlet to the sea, a marina that is 4/5 km from country where the inhabitants keep their boats and which served as a port for trade in agricultural products – especially olive oil and wine – produced on the island. Among the interesting villages to visit, therefore, we mention the following:
Lumbarda: just 10 minutes by bus from the main town is this charming fishing village, which has become a popular tourist destination thanks to the nearby beaches, the only sandy beaches of the island. Surrounded by vineyards, Lumbarda is famous for the production of a particular white wine called “grk”;
Zrnovo: reachable from the old town of Korcula with a 20-minute walk (or 5 minutes by bus), the village of Zrnovo is famous for its ancient cypress trees, vine-covered terraced hills, bell towers and olive trees. From here there are walking trails that will take you to enchanting bays in the south of the island;
Racisce: small village of 500 inhabitants, mostly all fishermen with their families, located on a bay to the north of the island;
Blato: is located in the hinterland of Korcula, and is the second largest settlement on the island, is an agricultural center of great importance with olive mill and a large cellar.
It is recognizable by the long tree-lined avenue (more than 1 km) and by the numerous associations that operate for the preservation of traditional costumes.
The most famous of Blato’s traditions is the staging of the chivalrous dance called Kumpanja during the feast of St. Vincent – April 28 – patron saint of the city. In the village and in the immediate vicinity there are several campsites.
To see in Blato the Parish Church of All Saints of the seventeenth century with a Renaissance wooden altar painted by the master Girolamo da Santacroce. In the square is the Baroque Loggia of the eighteenth century, the cemetery of Santa Croce and the Church of San Geronimo of the fourteenth century. The natural ports of Blato are Prizba and Grscica in the south and Prigradica in the northern part.
Vela Luka: situated on a wide bay that gives its name to the city, it is the westernmost place on the island and the main fishing center. On the village there is a very large cave, which can be reached on foot from the center and can be visited.
Vrnik: the favorite destination for locals for a Sunday trip is the small island of Vrnik, easily reachable by water taxi from the port of Korcula.
Tourism and cultural center
The presence of forests, clear sea, solitary bays, sandy beaches, rocky coasts and enchanting landscapes have facilitated the development of this people of shipbuilders. In fact, today on the island there are several tourist structures such as hotels, apartments, private houses, residences, tourist villages, campsites and bungalows.
From the island of Korcula you can organize short or longer trips but all interesting. They are especially those by sea using regular ferry lines, motorboats, sailing ships, hydrofoils, sea taxis, simple boats. You go on the islets in front of the city of Korcula for bathing, for sports (in Badija), for walks, or to visit the archaeological sites (Majsan, Lucnjak, Sutvara).
From Vela Luka you reach the islets of Proizd and Osjak and the nearby inlets. By ferry or boat, leaving from Korcula, in fifteen minutes you get to Orebic, a picturesque town that was the nest of valiant captains, surrounded by lush vegetation. We recommend you visit the Museum of the Sea. A romantic walk along the coast through a thick pine forest leads us to sandy beaches and hotels.
In addition to tourist attractions, Korcula also has a vast historical tradition; among the palaces of Curzola are worth mentioning the cathedral, of Romanesque-Gothic style and dedicated to San Marco, and the South Gate which gives access to the historical center, with the Veliki Revelin tower next to it. Near the Cathedral of St. Mark the Evangelist, you can visit the house where Marco Polo was born.
Every year in Korčula there are various cultural and singing events, of which we mention only the most important ones such as Moreška (a spectacular representation of dance with swords that according to tradition wants to recall the fight against the “Moors”).
Medjugorje is located in the Republic of Bosnia Herzegovina, which has about 2,500,000 inhabitants. In 1991, before the war, it was one of the six republics that formed the Yugoslavian confederation. Every year, two million people come from all over the world to the town of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has been associated with the name of Our Lady in the collective imagination for 36 years.
The cult of Medjugorje was recently authorized also by Pope Francis following the mission of mons.Henryk Hoser, archbishop of Warsaw-Prague in Poland, special envoy of the Pope.
The religious tourism of this small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina has become increasingly frequent and substantial, since 1981 (the year in which the apparitions of Our Lady began in the area) to date. On 24.6.1981 at 6.00 pm, six young people from the parish of Medjugorje, Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Ivan Dragicevic, Ivan Ivankovic and Milka Pavlovic, saw on the hill Crnica, in the place called Podbrdo, an apparition, a white figure with a child in her arms. Surprised and frightened, they did not approach her. The following day at the same time, on 25.6.1981, four of them, Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic and Ivan Dragicevic, felt strongly attracted to the place where, the day before, they saw what they recognized as the Madonna.
A visit to these lands will be an opportunity to rediscover, in addition to religious sentiment, a culture, the Balkan, perhaps still too little known, but really beautiful and fascinating. The resort is among the most tourist in the world, a destination for believers from all over the world. Here you can admire the Sanctuary of the Queen of Peace, where Masses are celebrated in various languages; the Church of St. James and the Apparition Hill, in Croatian Podbrdo. The city was born between two mountains, the Podbrdo, and Križevac, a particularity recalled by the name itself: Međugorje means in fact “among the mountains”. Mount Krizevac is an ideal destination if you love trekking and walking: conquering the summit will allow you to enjoy a very beautiful view; some run through the 14 stations of the via crucis, scattered along the track, barefoot despite the rocks and the climb. Just outside the city, the Kravice Waterfalls are an unmissable stop: the power of nature shows itself in all its splendor.
The climate in Medjugorje is Mediterranean, given the proximity to the sea and the Dalmatian coast, with some continental influence. It is not very different from that of the Adriatic Italy, so the best time to go on pilgrimage is certainly the spring: the temperatures are not excessive and visit the town and its surroundings will be pleasant, also because it is a generally ventilated area and the heat is mitigated. However, because even the winters are mild, you can decide in all tranquility to go in every season of the year, keeping in mind that autumn and winter are rainier