Vela Luka is a small town and a municipality in Dubrovnik-Neretva County in southern Dalmatia, Croatia. The town is located on the western side of the island of Korčula at the bottom of a wide bay which has many indented coves. Vela Luka developed at the beginning of the 19th century in a deep sheltered bay. Its name means “big harbour” in Croatian chakavian.
The picturesque harbour 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 harbour 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 Korčula are exhibited.
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.
Vela Spilja Cave
A really impressive attraction of Vela Luka is the Vela Spilja Cave. 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 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.