Best of Vela Luka

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Towards the western end of Korčula Island, Vela Luka is a small, picturesque town set around a sparkling natural harbor. There are some fine nearby coves for swimming, including Picena Bay, with its rocky beach and tranquil waters. Northeast of town lies Vela Spila, a large-domed cavern where archaeologists discovered a trove of ceramic artifacts dating back more than 18,000 years. These Paleolithic finds are on display at Vela Luka’s Centre for Culture. The town is also famous for its dance traditions and a cappella–style singing.  

In the past, kimkim travelers have hopped a boat to the island of Proizd for a secluded getaway. The clear turquoise water and white stones make a fabled setting for a day on the beach. There’s little development apart from a lone summertime restaurant, and shaded paths through the woods lead you to different overlooks on the small island. Another fine day trip destination is Ošjak, an uninhabited island of pine forests and rocky coves a mere 15-minute boat ride from Vela Luka.
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