In Vela Luka, festival weeks take place each year in July and August, with concerts, exhibitions, presentations, dance evenings, folk festivals and weekly outdoor fish festivals. In addition, a wide array of interesting seminars and workshops are offered year-round.
Sights, excursions and events
It takes about 40 minutes to get from Vela Luka to the capital of Korcula, where you will find a wide variety of sights and entertainment throughout the year as well as an exciting night life.
As the centre of culture on the west coast, Vela Luka has very good infrastructure with a number of bus connections and ferries. For excursions, you can rent bicycles, scooters, cars and motorboats, and there is also a wide array of guided tours – for example, a buggy tour over the island’s beaches or a boat tour around the entire island. The town also offers an impressive range of festivals. Carnival takes place from mid-January to Ash Wednesday, with folklore groups and masked performers as well as a weekly masquerade ball.
In remembrance of Korcula’s tales of medieval knights, 18 historical figures in antique costumes perform dances in the village of Blato on 28 April, accompanied by bagpipes and drums. The international Marco Polo Festival takes place in July to honour the explorer, followed by morisco and sabre dance performances in Korcula on 29 July. In September, the historical naval battle between Genoa and the fleets of Venice is recreated, and the traditional blessing of the must, which then becomes wine, follows on St. Martin’s Day in November.
In addition to these historical events, there are also a number of music events, theatre performances, folklore ensembles, sailing regattas and sporting events to attend.