If you enjoy walks and active holidays, Lumbarda is again the perfect choice for you! Whether it’s walks by the sea or on one of the landscaped trails with a beautiful landscape of Mediterranean paradise, check out what we have prepared for you.
Ražnjić (6,1 km)
(Prvi Žal – Cape Ražnjić)
The trail starts from the center and leads 300 meters ahead to the Tatinja sandy beach located on the northern side of Lumbarda. There begins a beautiful promenade along the sea overlooking the Korčula islands, Pelješac Peninsula and the towtn of Orebić. The trail leads further to the Church of the Holy Cross built on a stone rock in the middle of a sandy field on the foundations o folder buildings that are visible on the northeastern facade.
The church was restored in 1774, which is evidenced by an inscription above the entrance. Liturgy is performed in the Church several times a year, and an especially ceremonial atmosphere can be felt on the feast of the Palm Sunday during the blessing of olive and palm branches. In the summer, the Church serves as an exhibition space where many, both academically educated and self-taught, artists from Lumbarda and the surrounding towns exhibit their work.
The trail continues on a rad through pine tress to Ražnjić, the easternmost cape on the island of Korčula, where there is a lighthouse and a small mooring. The cape and the peninsula were the first sight of the ancient Greek colonists when arriving to this forested island in the 6th century BC, so the called id Korkyra Melaina (black). From here, you can see the southern slopes of Pelješac, the island of Mljet, the lighthouse Glavat and the island of Lastovo.
The Wine Route / The path of Dionysus (7,1 km)
(Prvi Žal – St. Rok – Lookout point – Prvi Žal)
Nowhere in the world do vineyards in the sand, surrounded by the sea, bathe in the sun as the do in Lumbarda. This God’s gift of Lumbarda hands is transmitter to the Grk wine. The Lumbarda Grk is of a lighter yellow color with a greenish reflection. During two years of maturation and aging, it changes in color from light yellow to golden yellow.
Winemakers of Lumbarda are slowly but skillfully opening the doors of their wineries and tasting areas to wine lovers from all over the world, wh ovisit the wine groves on the island of Korčula. They carry with them memory of these magnificent flavors of the Croatian Mediterranean and a bottle for their respectable wine shops and restaurants.
The trail leads to Lumbarda and offers beautiful views of the location and a walking route to the southern coast of the island. After leaving the vineyard fields, we slowly climb through the olive groves to a lookout point that provides an undisturbed views of the blue open sea. Satly fish seasoned with olive oil along with a glass of good wine in one of the local wineries will spice up the walk.
St. Anthony (9,9 km)
(Prvi Žal – Račišće Bay – St. Liberan – St. Anthony’s Church – Donje Blato – Javić)
The trail leads along the sea, on rough rocks, next to houses with stone facades, and continues along the road next of the Račišće Bay. It approaches the place where the island of Vrnik is closest to Korčula. Stone has been the basic building material throughout the history of Dalmatia, and the same goes for the island of Korčula. However, good stone, and stone sculptors, could not be easily found. The development of stone quarrying and processing in Lumbarda lasted for centuries – there is evidence of the existence of quarries in ancient times – and the tradition is still alive, with Lumbarda stone sculptors that are widely known for their skills. Out of different sorts of stone quarried near Lumbarda and the surrounding islands, the most famous one is the stone from Vrnik sculpted by local artisans and used as a building material in many luxurious structures around the world – from Korčula, Dubrovnik, Istanbul and Venice to Vienna.
The trail further offers an unusual walkt to the St. Anthony’s Church, along the seacoast and Soline, to a lookout point on the Pelješac Channel and the favorite tourist destination – an archipelago of 22 small islands, the most interesting of which are Vrnik, with a town carrying the same name, and Badija with a Franciscan monastery from the 14th century.
The trail leads next to a small church dedicated to St. Liberan and along the sanctuary of St. Anthony situated on the hillside, which can be reached by climbing a picturesque high stone staircase with 102 steps surrounded by centuries-old cypresses. The church dates back to the 14th century and was restored at the end of the 17th century.
The Pelješac Channel was an important historical maritime trade route, which means that the city of Korčula had a prominent strategic role. Many battles over this route have been fought throughout history, and the most famous one in 1298 between the Venetian and Genoese fleets, when the Genoese captured Marko Polo from Korčula, who fought on the Venetian side.
The old route to Žrnovo (6,7 km)
(Javić – Gornje Blato – Lookout point – Žrnovo)
The trail connects Lumbarda with Žrnovo, a village above the town of Korčula. Fishermen’s wives from Lumbarda used this route in the past for selling fish after a good catch.
Along with the fortified town of Korčula, Lumbarda is the oldest island village situated by the sea. Žrnovo, as well as other places on the island, is situated further away from the coast along fertile fields with its residents keeping boats and fishing tackles in nearby bays. Today, modest fishing houses have turned into holiday homes, and bays became popular tourist destinations.
The trail begins in the Javić hamlet and winds through the plateau of Gornje Blato, where most of Lumbarda olive groves are located. From these olive groves comes a premium olive oil rich in fruity aromas thanks to a combination of traditional growing methods and contemporary fruit processing technologies.
Leaving the olive groves, the trail leads uphill through the bushes to a lookout with a beautiful view ends in Žrnovo, from where you can return to Lumbarda by bus, taxi or on foot the same way.