Lumbarda offers you the perfect opportunity for an active vacation. Among the many activities you can choose cycling along beautiful nature trails.
Cape Ražnjić (13,07 km)
(Lumbarda – Cape Ražnjić – Church of the Holy Cross -PržinaBay – Kosovo – GornjeBlato – Javić)
The trail leads around Lumbarda and offers beautiful views of the location and its surroundings from the northern side of the island.
A few visible remains of this area’s rich past can be seen along the trail: a 17th century square tower built on the still visible foundations of a Roman villa rusticae from the 1st century BC, the remains of the 15th century bishops’ summer residence along the sea on the northern side, and the Church of the Holy Cross built on the foundations of older buildings on the only rock in the middle of the sand field, which was restored in the 18th century.
After passing through the Pržina Bay, we ride uphill to the Lumbarda bypass road, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the place, the Pelješac Channel and islands, and beyond it St. Eliah, the highest peak of Pelješac (961 m).
We continue riding through Gornje Blato around the olive groves west of Lumbarda. Gornje Blato is the area where most of the Lumbarda’s olive groves are located. For centuries, people in this area have been removing rocks from the land and arranging them into dry stone walls stretching for miles and spreading through the whole area. In these ‘fenced’ spaces, olive trees are still grown in the traditional way, without irrigation, which, along with modern fruit processing technologies, delivers top-quality olive oil rich in fruity aromas.
Gornje blato (12,10 km)
(Lumbarda – Pržina Bay – Baruža – Glogovac – Viewpoint – Gornje Blato – Humac – Lumbarda)
The trail leads around an olive grove west of Lumbarda.
In its southern part, the path leads abruptly uphill to 102 m above sea level, but the view from that location onto the islands of Mljet, Glavat with its lighthouse, škoji and Lastovo is worth the effort.
On the way down to the town, through Gornje Blato and Humac to the Korčula – Lumbardamain road, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Lumbarda, the Pelješac Channel and St. Eliah, the highest peak of Pelješac (961 m).
The town of Korčula became the cultural and administrative center of the island mainly because of its strategic position in the Pelješac Channel, and Lumbarda has always been closely associated with it. In Lumbarda there are still several well-preserved fortified summer villas from the 16th and 17th centuries, built by wealthy Korčula families. The fields of Lumbarda provided Korčula with fruitsand the renowned Grk wine, and even today the local bus is filled with shipyard workers and pupils attending schools in Korčula.
Žrnovo (17,3 km)
(Javić – Kosovo – Gornje blato – Žrnovo – Lokva – Donje blato – Lumbarda)
The trail begins on the western side of the place, at the foot of the hill on the Koludrt Peninsula, where the Psephism was found – a Greek inscription from the 3rd century BC that documents the founding of an ancient Greek colony at the site of today’s Lumbarda.
The trail goes further, where there are no houses and where the empire of olives and wines begins. We come to a lookout point with a view over the Glavat lighthouse, Mljet and the islands of Lastovo. On poste around the small island of Glavat, seen in the distance and recognized by its lighthouse, the residents fished mostly sardines. People would spend several days fishing and the caught fish would be immediately salted. It is said that the truth can be found in wine. For residents of this place this is true in every respect. They fully live both with the Grk wine and from it. Below us, on the lunar landscape, hundreds of rows of grapevines are planted on wire fences and dug in under the white gravel cover. We stand between the sky and the stone in endless silence.
The southern side of the island, the Defora Bay, is uninhabited because of the winter orchestral wind ‘jugo’ that often foams the sea and the waves that rise up to makija, the bushes on the unprotected coast.