Lumbarda is fifteen minutes by car from the medieval, fortified town of Korcula. Some people describe Korcula as a “mini Dubrovnik”.
Lumbarda is a laid back seaside village, surrounded by undulating hills covered in vineyards, with views of crystal clear water, a myriad of islands and the imposing magnificence of the mountainous coastline of the Pelujesic peninsula.
During the Venetian era, bishops and nobles built their estates here, lured by the beautiful countryside and slow pace of life.
Today, it is the sandy beaches at Vela Przina, Bilin Zal and Uvala tatinja that lure holiday makers and locals to the village. The waterside cafes are popular and volley ball and water sports can be enjoyed. The area offers fabulous wine and gastronomy.
For those who love more isolated and wild beaches head for Lenga Brendana which runs all the way from Bilin Zal to the eastern end of the island.
The town is a walking and cycling paradise with half a dozen paths through lovely picturesque countryside. Pass through vineyards, olive groves and the old town, with historic chapels and ancient roman remains. See the 1st C Roman villa Rustica.
A trio of bicycle routes include spectacular sweeping views from the highest point in the area, Baruza to the south of Lumbarda.
Lumbarda also hosts its own Summer Festival, a weekly series of events that celebrates its customs, dances, songs, crafts, artists, food and wine – be sure to check with the tourist office website for what’s happening while you are here!
Summary of Korčula
The island of Korcula is well indented with a number of bays and islands. It is covered with lush vegetation, conifers, herbs and flowers. Islanders are engaged in fishing, shipbuilding and stone-masonry as well as the cultivation of vineyards, olives, oranges, figs, almonds and lavender. Tourism on the island has had a long tradition. Along the coast of the island are the towns of Korcula, Lumbarda and Vela Luka, and in its interior Zrnovo, Pupnat, Cara, Smokvica and Blato.
Korcula island has historical points of interest. In Vela Luka, there is the “Big Cave” where archaeologists have discovered human artefacts dating back more than 20,000 years. In Lumbarda, there is a Greek stone tablet, dating back from 3BC. This is the oldest written record in Croatia. In 1214, Korcula Old Town established a statute abolishing slavery, making it the first town in the world to do so (only the cities of London and Venice had done so earlier).
The old town of Korcula is known as the birth place of the famous traveller Marco Polo. The architecture of this knightly town has been preserved since the time he left. Small enchanting streets reveal a rich culture of adorned palaces, elegant houses, galleries and museums. The marina attracts yachts from all over the world. There are beautiful craft shops and plenty of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes. Warm summer breezes cool the town and create a perfect atmosphere to sit outside and enjoy the culinary delights Korcula has to offer.