A picturesque place in the easternmost part of the island of Korcula, with typical family houses (citadels), nice sand beaches and numerous islets and coves, has a long tradition in adventurous "Robinson-style" tourism...
LUMBARDA, a village and harbour in the easternmost part of the island of Korcula, between the coves of Przina and Bili Zal, 6 km southeast of the town of Korcula. East of the village is the Lumbarda field, consisting of reddish and yellowish soils (Pleistocene sand), which offer excellent conditions for viticulture (famous wine Grk). Economy is based on farming, fishing, processing of stone and tourism. Underwater fishing is possible from Bili Zal to Vrbovica.
A picturesque place in the easternmost part of the island of Korcula, with typical family houses (citadels), nice sand beaches and numerous islets and coves, has a long tradition in adventurous "Robinson-style" tourism. Apart from quality accommodation facilities and sports and recreational opportunities, another major attractive characteristics is the beautiful natural environment of Lumbarda.
From its very centre, the way leads through an alley of mulberry-trees to beautiful vineyards on fine reddish sandy soil. Such sand is an ideal type of soil for the cultivation of vines. Lumbarda is the cradle of Grk, a sort of vine which some experts consider the autochthonous Dalmatian, while the other, due to its name, conclude that it must have originated from Greece, from where it came in ancient times. An enormously rich gastronomic offer (prosciutto, fresh and salted fish) includes fruit and vegetables grown in local gardens.
Lumbarda is not only famous for its interesting historical heritage but also for its traditional culture. Folk songs, customs and dances have been cherished for ages. An important event during the carnival is the "picking of oranges", when the entire village, with dances and songs, pays tribute to local beauties and to the head of the village. Another interesting feast is St. Roch's Day (Rocco's Day) on the 16th of August. Occasional entertainment and cultural programs are organized during the tourist season.
Several fragments of a Greek inscription from the 4th century BC, carved in stone (today kept at the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb), as well as the ruins of the mediaeval church of St. John, have been found on the Koludrt hill, north of the village. The Greek inscription is a psephism (assembly resolution) about the distribution of land to the inhabitants of the newly established colony. Apart from the Greek names, the list of colonists includes also some Illyrian names. Some other Greek artefacts have also been found in the area around Lumbarda (pottery, coins).
Lumbarda features the mediaeval parish church of St. Roch (Rocco) (reconstructed in 1561 and 1886), several summer mansions of the former patricians of Korcula (erected from the 15th c. onward), the birth-houses of the sculptors Frano Krsinic (1897-1982) and Ivan Lozica (1910-1943, with a memorial plaque).
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