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Lumbarda / Korcula Island

Lumbarda outspreads around small bays and surrounding hills. It is situated 6 km from Korcula town and can be reached by asphalt road winding through picturesque pine wood and olive groves. Lumbarda is surrounded by sand vineyards, and its specific soil and position on the southern part of the island are a winning combination for breeding a famous cultivar Grk. The work in vineyards is usually manual, with minimal application of pesticides which results in golden vine of crystal purity. The place has a little bit more than 1000 inhabitants and there is no industry on the island; only beaches, woods and small marina. People in Lumbarda practice agriculture. In this small Mediterranean settlement there still are numerous ancient Greeks and Romans remains. Lumbarda offers a beautiful view over the channel of Peljesac, whose light breeze refreshes during the summer which is also convenient for sailors. In the proximity of Lumbarda there is also an archipelago of twenty non-inhabited islands covered with thick macchia with flat stones for sun-bathing. The island of Badija is covered with pinewood stretching to gravel beaches on the northern and southern sides. Lately, the deer have been brought to this small island. This island had been inhabited in ancient times which s proved by many findings of stone Neolithic knives. Wealthy people from Korcula town had been building their country-houses here since 16th century. Some of them are still preserved. Tourism is flourishing these days: in hotels, camps, private accommodation, sand, gravel and stone beaches, accompanied with good vine, fish, olive, music and dancing.

The island of Korcula is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic sea. Conifers, wild medicinal and aromatic plants, palms, eucalyptuses and different sorts of cactus grow everywhere. Thick growths make the underlying rock almost invisible, which gave the island the name of Black Korcula as far back as the ancient times. But the island is mostly known for stone-masonry, which used to be a very profitable business, while quality stone was exported to Dubrovnik, Venice and Mantua. The 15th century saw the growth of the building sector and the town of Korcula developed from a small village into a town with numerous villas, churches and defensive walls. Today the old town centre, in which aristocratic coats of arms can be seen on almost every facade, is a protected monumental heritage that all tourists admire. The house believed to had belonged to the renowned traveller Marco Polo is also a tourist attraction. Even though various versions exist concerning his place of birth, the most credible one is that he was born precisely here – in Korcula. The tourists will certainly be attracted by the mild Mediterranean climate, in which rain seldom occurs and most of the year the island basks in the sun. The climate, the clean air, the sea and the medicinal mud on several locations represent a significant contribution to wellness tourism. A lot of sun favours the cultivation of grape vines resulting in the production of numerous quality white and red wines, such as Grk and Posip. Thousands of ancient olive trees are still present on the island, while the island’s agriculture is also distinguished by the vast production of figs, almonds, oranges, tangerines and kiwis. The surrounding sea is rich with fish of all types, shell-fish and molluscs, which one may taste in restaurants and taverns all over the island. Even though the lifestyles on Korcula have changed over time, many old traditions have been preserved and continue to attract both foreign and Croatian tourists. Moreska is a sword dance that arrived on Korcula in the 17th century: it represents the battle between two kings’ for winning over a beautiful maid's love by dancing, music and swordsmanship. Kumpanija is a sword dance performed in ancient folk costumes from the village of Blato, while Mostra is a war dance with swords from the village of Zrnovo. Although it may seem to you that on Korcula you are miles away from the rest of the world, the journey to the Peljesac peninsula lasts only 15 minutes, the journey to Split and its airport 2 and a half hours and only an hour more to Dubrovnik.

Excursions for active holiday ... it would be a pity not to visit some of the fabulous sites near Lumbarda, which is the reason why the hotel offers excursions in the whole south Dalmatian area. Among standard sightseeing excursions (town of Korcula, Island tour, wine tour on Peljesac peninsula, National Park of Mljet - the most densely wooded island in Croatia, island of Hvar, island of Lastovo, town of Dubrovnik - the worldwide famous pearl of the Croatian tourism), there is also a great offer for active holidays: walking and biking routes around Lumbarda, on the island of Korcula, on the Peljesac, on the island of Mljet, kayak and canoe excursions, diving, windsurfing. ... more activity info here

How to get to the island – transfers from the airports

Closest airports are airport Dubrovnik (140 km) and airport Split (150 km).

Lumbarda can be reached from the airport Dubrovnik by:

  1. organized transfer – 30 eur per person per way (season 2011); driving takes 2h and 15 min

Note: waiting for the transfer (for all guests to arrive) can take maximum 2 hours, but guests would not wait for the transfer at the airport, they will be transfered by transfer agency to town of Dubrovnik to take a walk, agency will serve them a coffee and a water; for reservations please contact us on prodaja@hotelborik.hr or info@poladin.hr

  1. public transportation by bus: from airport to Dubrovnik town and than another bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula town, ticket price is 89 kn (cca 12 eur) one way;
  • from Korcula town to Lumbarda by bus, ticket price is 15 kn (cca 2 eur) one way or a taxi, price is 100 kn (cca 13,50 eur);
  • for bus schedule please see at http://www.autotrans.hr/index.php?c=timetable&lan=1 ("Autotrans" is a Croatian public bus carrier)
  1. public transportation by catamaran (only in July & August): take a bus from airport to Dubrovnik town, catamaran from Dubrovnik to Korcula drives 2,5 hours; upon arrival to Korcula town take a bus or a taxi to Lumbarda;
  1. public transportation by ferry: take a bus from airport to Dubrovnik town, ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula drives 4,5 hours; upon arrival to Korcula town take a bus or a taxi to Lumbarda;

Lumbarda can be reached from the airport Split by:

  1. public transportation by catamaran "Krilo": take a bus from the airport to Split center, catamaran from Split to Korcula (via Hvar) drives 2,5 hours; upon arrival to Korcula town take a taxi to Lumbarda;
  1. public transportation by catamaran or ferry by "Jadrolinija": take a bus from the airport to Split center, catamaran from Split to Vela luka drives 2 hours, ferry from Split to Vela luka drives 3 hours; upon arrival to Vela luka take a bus to Korcula town and than take a taxi or another bus to Lumbarda;

*All prices quoted on this page are Sunshine World Holidays ’s own prices and we reserve the right to change our prices at any time. Your confirmation receipt price will not change.

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