Vela Luka

Is a town and port on the western side of the island of Korcula, 45 km to the west of the town of Korcula. The major part of the town spreads over the slopes of Spilinski Rat and the mildly descending plateau between the Rat and the Humic elevation. The surrounding hills protect it from the northerly and southerly winds, the landward breeze often blows in the summer. The average air temperature in January reaches 7.9°C and in July 24.9°C; 2,671 hours of sunshine a year (in the summer 11.3 hrs a day). Chief occupations are farming, wine production, olive growing and processing, fruit growing, fishing, fish and food processing, shipbuilding and tourism. The coastal strip including the small islands (Proizd, Kamenjak, Osjak and Gubesa) represents a rich fishing ground. Vela Luka lies on the regional road running along the island. Ferry port ferry connections with Split and Lastovo.

The Parish church of Saint Joseph is from 19th century. There is an archeological collection with findings from the Big cave ("Vela Spilja"), an important Neolitic locality. In the centre of Vela Luka there is a modern gallery with many exhibits of famous sculptors and painters from second half of the 20th century. Among them there is one Henry Moore's sculpture, the only one in Croatia. In the centre is also the private gallery Anka Prizmić Sege.

Private restaurants and apartments make Vela Luka special and attractive. Above all there are percious isles Proizd and Osjak, places where you can spend your long hot summer days enjoying in little bays, beaches and crystal blue sea.

Coordinates: N 42° 57’ 37", E 16° 43’ 14"

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