At the western end of the island, the ferry port of VELA LUKA is totally different in character from Korčula Town, with a string of sturdy nineteenth- and twentieth-century houses stretching along an expansive, three-fingered bay. Founded much later than Korčula’s other settlements (according to local lore, the men of Blato sent their illegitimate children here to ease problems of family inheritance), the town started out as a shipbuilding centre and local yards still manufacture small recreational boats. With good beaches easily accessible offshore on the island of Proizd but no big package hotels, today’s Vela Luka radiates easy-going, un-swamped affability.

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