The jewel of the Mediterranean, is located approximately 120 km south of the town of Korčula, available to two-and-half-hour’s car, a little longer by bus or boat ride, hiking and fast speedboats. Whether you are going to tour the old city walls, city of churches, museums and the city abounds with treasure, or only want to walk Stradun, beating heart of the old town or visit any of the events prestigious Dubrovnik Summer Festival Dubrovnik welcomes each guest a warm and friendly welcome.
The town of Hvar is situated in the western part of the central Dalmatian islands, located north from Korčula. The town of Hvar has regular daily fast catamaran lines from the town of Korčula. It takes hour and a half to Hvar from Korčula, and the schedule allows day trips.
Around the famous square in Hvar, which is dominated by the Cathedral of St. Stjepan from the 16th century and the old town as well, then city’s palaces, which are competing with their beauty and elegance, the city Lodge and Arsenal building – the store of Hvar gallerys from the 16th century which is built over one of the oldest European theater. A little further along is the famous Franciscan monastery and church from the 15th century, full of valuable works of art.
Town of Korčula
The town of Korcula is distanced 6 km away from Lumbarda and related by regular bus line. It is a town of Marko Polo and rich history that has left a mark in the architecture, environment and residents customs. It is one of the best preserved historical urban centers in the Mediterranean, characterized by unique arrangement of streets, towers and forts, beautiful palaces, churches and squares.
A walking town tour is completed by rich art collections and museums, good restaurants and famous sword dance Moreška.
Orebic is a place on the Pelješac peninsula distanced from town of Korčula only by a 15 minute ferry ride across the Pelješac channel.
Once a famous resort of captains and sailors whose baroque houses with large gardens full of flowers and exotic trees dotted along the coast, now with its notability and beauty attracts many visitors.
In the center of a place is the church Pomoćnice kršćanske from the 19th century, and nearby, on the coast, is famous Maritime Museum which is exposed to a large number of ships models, sailboats pictures, geographical maps, and maritime devices.
Near Orebić, on the cliff above the sea and the dense pine forest is a Franciscan monastery and church of Our Lady of the Angels from the 15th century with belvedere and “captains” cemetery. You can also visit the hill above the town, beautiful picturesque setting of ancient cypress trees situated all around the church of Our Lady of Carmel.
Central city at the foot of Marjan is remarkable because it developed from a luxurious palace by the end of 3rd century built by Roman emperor Diocletian where he spent the last years of his life. By its size and preservation, the Palace is the most important monument of Roman architecture on the east coast. The mausoleum where he was buried, today is a unique artistic cathedral of St. Dujam, and square in front of it – the Peristyle, a lively center of town. More about the city and its proud residents can be found if you take regular daily fast catamaran line from the city of Korčula .Ride in one direction takes more than two and a half hours, and schedule allows day trips.
Island of Badija
Island Badija is the largest of twenty-two islands of the archipelago between Lumbarda and the Peljesac peninsula. In its sheltered southern bay is located Franciscan monastery and church from the second half of the 14th century built in late Gothic style. Especially beautiful is preserved Gothic-Renaissance large square cloister completed in 1477. Monastery was recently returned to the of the Franciscans after in 1950. was seized and used as a sports and tourist center.Also is restored the ancient tradition of”perdun”, by which believers on second of August, with many boats of all sizes pilgrimage St.Marija od Škoja, asking for forgiveness.
Island of Korčula
The island of Korčula is the greenest and the most populous middle Dalmatian island with indented coastline and mild Mediterranean climate. Debt is 47 km, average width 6.5 km, area 280 km ², and from the mainland available by the Peljesac peninsula.
From Lumbarda, past the town of Korčula, the road along the coast to the west reaches12 km away Račišće, located in a beautiful sheltered bay on the northern coast of the island. In a deep bay on the west side of the island is Vela Luka, and other major settlements wich are located in the central part of which runs a road linking the village Žrnovo, Pupnat, Čara, Smokvica and Blato which are provided with wonderful views of the Peljesac channel and the open sea. These settlements are situated on the slopes of the hills that surround the fields of vineyards and olive groves, and each of them tells a story about the turbulent history of the island through its architecture and preserved folk customs, some of which are extremely interesting sword dances.
Along the coast, in sheltered bays are numerous fishing ports, which are significant in recent times as urban and tourist-oriented.
The island of Lastovo is 7.5 nM south of the island of Korčula, and is available from Lumbarda and Korčula by excursion boats. The island of unspoiled nature, very woody and with indented coastline, is listed among the ten paradise gardens of the Mediterranean in the list of prestigious World Wild Foundation(WWF).
There are two major settlements – Ubli on the coast and Lastovo at the interior, it is interesting for its location and the number of old Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses with picturesque chimneys. Lastovo has plenty of interesting folk customs and dances in which are very nice and colorful national costumes.
Island of Mljet
Island Mljet is located on the east from the island of Korčula, and it is connected by a hydrofoil from Lumbarda and Korčula (30 minutes ride) or by a tourist boat (90 minutes ride). National Park Mljet is sitauted on the west side of the island of Mljet. It is proud of its unusual beauty. The park is composed of a large and a small salt lake with lots of walking paths that intertwine throughout the it.
The Benedictine monastery and the Romanesque church from the 12th century are placed on the islet which lies in the Great Lake . Although it is not yet scientifically proven that bathing in salt lake is therapeutic, it is guaranteed that after a long walk or a bike ride through the centennial pine forest trail, soaking in this salty bath is more than pleasant.
Island of Vrnik
The Island of Vrnik is the only inhabited island in the archipelago of Pelješac Channel, which can be approached by a boat from Lumbarda through a narrow channel that separates them.
A picturesque village which is almost deserted in winter, but in summer has lot of visitors who are attracted to bright white sandy beaches and beautiful nature. With stone from now abandoned quarries local skilled stonemasons have made Vrnik famous in many cities of the Adriatic and European and world capitals – palaces like Dubrovnik, Venice, Vienna, and even Washington have been using this white stone from Vrnik for the construction of capitals, defensive walls and statues.
Walking & hiking tours
Lumbarda is a really interesting departure point for walking tours on well keept trails in the lush nature – on the east to the Point Ražnjić through a thick pine forest, where visitors are left breathless by the stunning view on the mystical island of Mljet and the open sea. Also those trails lead to the anchient vineyards of the reknowed vine Grk. To the west they lead trough the centuries old olive trees located on Gornje Blato to “Defora“. On the south slopes and bays of the island also called Donje Blato to Glavica Sv. Antun which is famous for its 103 stone steps framed by centuries old cipress trees that lead to the Chapel of St. Antun the hermit from the 1420. From there you can also take the old path to Žrnovo. The walking map of the eastern part of the island fand at the touirist office of Lumbarda.
Kočje is a natural phenomenon, located on the hills above Žrnovo and 10km from Lumbarda, where huge boulders are intertvined with anchient trees, with caves overgrown with lush fern, that will enchant nature lovers, just as will the old Way of Marmont, that has been made by Napoleon Bonaparte himself, which leads from Žrnovo to Pupnat.
St. Ilija, the highest peak of Pelješac towers over Orebić with the height of 961m. After the short ferry ride across the channel, it is easily accessible following the well marked mountain trails. The climb to the top is about 2h long, where a beautiful anchient forest and stunning views avait you.
The peninsula of Pelješac
The peninsula of Pelješac, narrow as the Island of Korčula, long about 65km and quite tall, towers both the Pelješac and Mljet channel. This domination is most visible from the old town of Korčula, since there the channel is the narrowest and closest to the mountain of St. Ilija, which is almost 1000m tall.
Pelješac is easily reachable with a ferry ride barely 15min long. The main road of Pelješac connects two small towns, starting with Lovište to the west, located in a deep sandy bay in the farthest corner of the peninsula, to the riviera of Pelješac – the settlements Viganj, Kučište and Orebić. The main road than rises up the hill and leads to the small community Trpanj on the northern shores of Pelješac. The road than continues on across the middle of the peninsula, the famous vine region that streches across Župa, Potomje and Pijavičino, and than the road descends to the secluded bay where Trstenik, a small fishermen village is located, connected to the pictoresque bay of Žuljana. The next settlement along the road is janjina and ends in the bay of Mali Ston, that is famous for the coltivation of fresh oisters and the small medieval town Ston, protected by the second longest world walls, which are 5,5km long and date from the 15 century. Today thje peninsula is reknowed for its romantic localities rich with history, its amazing bays and beaches, and especially for its wineyards that produce top quality vine.
Sanctuary Blažene Marije Propetog Isusa Petković in Blato on Korčula only 50 km away from Lumbarda.
Međugorje, famous Marian shrine located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and from Lumbarda is located about 150 km.