The more than 9 km long, picturesque Vela Luka Bay has been providing a safe haven for sailors for centuries. The crystal clear sea, the excellent transport connections, and the mouth-watering gastronomy make the town of the same name an extremely attractive tourist destination.
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Location of Vela Luka
The Croatian Vela Luka is located in Dubrovnik-Neretva County in south Dalmatia. It lies in the 9 km long Vela Luka Bay, on the western part of the island of Korčula. In addition, there are ferry connections to Split, Lastovo and Hvar.
History of Vela Luka
The Vela Spila cave is near the town of Vela Luka. It is a very important archaeological site. Since 1974, many stone tools, ceramic artefacts and early agricultural tools have been excavated. Vela Luka was flourishing in the 18th century. Trade and transport were both developing rapidly. After that, the town was growing rapidly. The Parish Church of St. Joseph was built-in 1848. In 1849, Vela Luka became an independent parish. Locals mostly work in agriculture – viticulture, olive growing and processing –, shipbuilding and tourism.
Weather in Vela Luka
The beautiful Vela Luka has an extremely mild, Mediterranean climate with a high number of sunny hours. The average temperature in summer is 24-25 °C, and above 7 °C in January. The nearby hills provide protection from northern and southern winds. If you like swimming, the temperature of the sea can reach up to 25, 3 °C in August.
Landmarks in Vela Luka
The main attraction of this south Dalmatian town is the Parish Church of St. Joseph. If you like hiking, visit the nearby Vela Spila cave, one of the most valuable archaeological sites in Europe. You can see the artefacts found here in the Cultural Center, home to the Vela Luka Museum.
Gastronomy of Vela Luka
Thanks to the diversity in gastronomy, you can try local delicacies and other delicious dishes as well. If you are visiting Vela Luka, try the quality wines. Konoba Bata is a great choice, offering wonderful views over the region. This restaurant serves great seafood dishes and the famous Posip Cara white wine. Pod Bore first opened in 1973. This restaurant is also a good choice. They offer meat and seafood dishes, pizzas and delicious homemade bread.
Beaches around Vela Luka
The 300 m long and 5 m wide beach is paved, and a smaller part is covered with small pebbles. It is ideal for families with small children. Moreover, there are showers, sun lounges, and you can find great restaurants and bars nearby. The beach of Vela Luka is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
The pebbly-rocky Batalo is one of the most beautiful beaches on the nearby island of Proizd. It is 100 m wide and long. From the marina, a romantic path leads there, passing through a pine forest. The crystal clear, breathtakingly turquoise sea attracts more and more tourists every year. In addition, the rich marine life is a guarantees of great snorkelling experiences.
Rent a boat in Vela Luka
Vela Luka’s marina lies in a protected, long bay. It is one of the best in the East Adriatic region. Here are other great marinas where you can moor for the night.
Marina Vela Luka
The marina on the Island of Korčula has 45 berths for boats up to 17 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. The yacht pier is right next to the refuelling station. Information about sailing in Vela Luka.
This is the new marina of Vela Luka, built of modern and environmentally friendly materials. It can accommodate 135 boats, and even yachts over 35 m can moor here. The marina provides a number of quality services that meet all the needs of sailors.
ACI Marina Korčula
The marina provides 159 berths for yachts below 45 metres. The depth is 5 m. There are Wi-Fi, laundry, a petrol station and a garage repairing yachts. Furthermore, bars and restaurants await their guests. Information about sailing in Korčula, or Korčula boat hire
The marina lies in the Lumbarda Bay is surrounded by a splendid natural environment. 115 yachts have free space here in total with a maximum length of 25-30 metres. The depth is 8 m. There is a water supply, electricity, shower rooms, bars and restaurants. As you would expect, it is open all year round.
The small marina in the southern part of the Korčula island is about 27 km from the old town of Korčula on the West. If you are pondering about eating out, go to the lovely restaurant by the sea.
The marina of the largest town of the Pelješac Peninsula has 220 berths for yachts up to 12 m. The depth is 2 m. As the large pier is for ferries and small passenger ships, you need to find another place for mooring. Information about sailing in Orebic, or rent a boat in Orebic
Lovište lies in the wonderful bay of the Pelješac Peninsula on the Northwest. The marina provides 20 berths for yachts below 20 metres. Boatmen prefer this place for its tasty Dalmatian fish dishes.
Porto Rosso Marina
The marina of the Lastovo island provides 30 berths for yachts below 60 metres. The depth is 1.8-10 m. There is a water supply, electricity, Wi-Fi, laundry and healthcare services.
If you are sailing to Vela Luka, discover the other beautiful resorts in the region. The island of Proizd, Zaklopatica, Polače, Sobra, the Bay of Prapratno, Trstenik and Orebić are also unforgettable. Find yacht routes in Korčula or choose another rent a boat in Korčula.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Vela Luka. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Vela Luka shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Vela Luka shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Vela Luka, and cruise around Vela Luka
Day 1. Vela Luka (Marina Korkyra) – Proizd-island 8, 29 km (5, 15 mi), Day 2. Proizd-island – Zaklopatica (Lastovo) 32, 61 km (20, 27 mi), Day 3. Zaklopatica – Polače (Mljet) 48, 76 km (30, 30 mi), Day 4. Polače – Sobra 22, 37 km (13, 90 mi), Day 5. Sobra – Prapratno-bay (Pelješac) 10, 94 km (6, 80 mi), Day 6. Prapratno-bay – Trstenik 28, 40 km (17, 65 mi), Day 7. Trstenik – Orebić – Vela Luka (Marina Korkyra) 74, 89 km (46, 53 mi)
Day 1. Vela Luka (Marina Korkyra) – Proizd-island 8, 29 km (5, 15 mi), Day 2. Proizd-island – Lovište (Pelješac) 36, 64 km (22, 76 mi), Day 3. Lovište – Ploče 41, 32 km (25, 67 mi), Day 4. Ploče – Baška Voda 55, 08 km (34, 22 mi), Day 5. Baška Voda – Split (ACI Marina) 45, 41 km (28, 22 mi), Day 6. Split – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 39, 21 km (24, 36 mi), Day 7. Stari Grad – Vis (Vis Marina) – Vela Luka (Marina Korkyra) 82, 75 km (51, 41 mi)
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