Lumbarda is a coastal village on the easternmost part of Korcula Island and a municipality that covers whole Eastern Cape of the island, including numerous little coves and bays, fertile fields covering the inland parts and an archipelago of little islets scattered in front of the village. The village itself extends for several kilometers around few small bays and on the hills behind them. It is 6 km away from Korcula Town and connected with a road that passes through this picturesque area filled with olive groves and vineyards and surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and little hills covered with pine woods.
Lumbarda has a very rich history, preserved in written documents and archeological findings dating back more than two thousand years. Throughout time, Lumbarda was a region combining various nations and cultures. Based on current research, the first inhabitants were the Illyrians, ruling the island during the Bronze and Iron Age and their artifacts can be found in the graves and strategic stone stacks, concentrated primarily on the western areas of Lumbarda. After them came the Greek, naming the island for the first time (“Korkyra Nigra”) and among many other things, leaving behind the oldest written record discovered in Croatia – “Lumbarda Psephisma”, a 3rd century B.C. tablet written in Greek that documented the founding of their settlement on the island. This important artifact is kept today in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. In the centuries ahead, just to name some of them, the Romans followed the Greek, then Byzantians, Croats, Venetians, etc., all making a significant influence and both the island and Lumbarda municipality. For example, there was a Roman “villa rustica” (countryside villa) in the field, north-east of today’s village near “Bilin zal” beach and since the 16th century prosperous Korcula landowners built their summer houses (called “kastel”) on choice sites in Lumbarda, some of them still well preserved and inhabited: the Nobilo, Milina and Krsinic kastel. St. Roch’s parish church (Sv. Rok) with a nave and two aisles stands on Vela glavica hill in the middle of old Lumbarda village and there are several small old chapels in the village itself: St. Bartul, St. Peter and The Nativity of the Virgin (or “Mala Gospa” as the locals call it). Also worth mentioning is the church of the Holy Cross (“Sv. Kriz”) from 1774, with a characteristic porch in front of it.
Today this village and its surrounding area count over 1000 inhabitants that are involved in numerous tourist services, fishing and agricultural activities. The local gardens and fields produce a delicious array of fruits and vegetables and especially few excellent and famous wines, very well known among wine connoisseurs. There are two distinct varieties of the indigenous grape that grows in these sandy vineyards – “Plavac” (red wine) and “Grk” (white wine) so when you come here be sure to treat yourself with some of the island’s best food and wine, because Lumbarda is the place to be if you want to find out more about gastronomy and enology of Korcula Island.
Except for the delicious gastronomy offering, what lures both tourists and locals to this part of the island are gorgeous sandy beaches, like “Vela Przina”, “Bilin Zal”, “Tatinja” bay, etc., where you can enjoy well sheltered crystal clear waters, seafront cafes, volleyball and many other sports, together with a great view of Peljesac channel and numerous surrounding islets.
This village also offers all the important services and necessities for a relaxed and comfortable vacation: grocery stores, local market, post office, tourist office, very nice restaurants with local food and wine, cafe bars, possibility of renting all kinds of land and water transportation, possibility of many excursions or transfers to the near by islands (like Mljet and Lastovo), islets or Peljesac peninsula. Also, there is a beautiful promenade along the sea and several small beaches in the town centre with a beautiful view of the surrounding islets and the mountainous Peljesac peninsula. It is perfect for long romantic or relaxing walks in the evening or morning, jogging or doing some other recreation. For that purposes you will also find a gym, a small soccer field or handball and volleyball courts on sandy beaches where there is a lot of possibilities for different water sports and area around the village is perfect for biking and hiking.
Numerous Lumbardian artists made a significant contribution to this region, some of whom even gained world recognition. Lumbarda is therefore famous for stone sculpturing and was the birth place of two well known sculptors – Ivo Lozica and Frano Krsinic who created the bronze “Second World War Memorial” in the center of the village and the bronze relief “Fishermen” near the hotel. It is also important to mention that throughout the history the traditional shipbuilders of Lumbarda were among the most famous ones in the southern Adriatic so every year in Lumbarda “Kids boatbuilding workshop” and “Days of shipbuilding in Korcula” take place, two important manifestations that preserve traditional shipbuilding as a very important part of the culture and heritage of Lumbarda, Korcula Island and Croatia.
Lumbarda also hosts its own Summer Festival, a weekly series of events that celebrate its songs and dances, customs and crafts, artists, food and wine. And these are not the only festivities that are happening in Lumbarda, so be sure to check out the detailed offerings once you arrive there.
All of the things above and many more that we didn’t mention, make Lumbarda your destination of choice if you are looking for a holiday packed with all kinds of possibilities in an interesting surroundings with gorgeous sandy beaches. It is also a location perfect for a day trip no matter where you are on the island so be sure not to miss this experience.
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