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Another one of Korcula's delightful rustic villages, with the Church of The Purification of Our Lady at the heart of the 1000 inhabitants of Smokvica. There is a Baroque loggia and within walking distance several small Medieval churches. Served by two small supermarkets and a fish monger, life is pleasantly relaxed here with many people engaged in wine production. A short journey south will find you in the two coastal bays of Brna and Istruga, surrounded by pine woods; the latter being known for its medicinal mud.
• Wake up to fantastic views overlooking the vineyards and Adriatic sea whilst staying in private accommodation in Smokvica
• Central positioning on the island, so no town or attraction is too far away.
• Wonderful seaside accommodation can be found in Brna, located a few kilometres from Smokvica.
Our Lady of Kandelore
Known as the Day of Candlemass, which marks the day the baby Jesus entered the temple for his consecration. The services in the parish church and the blessing of candles celebrates Jesus bringing light into the world. A procession and performance of the Kumpanija enhances the celebrations.
Wandering around the Smokvica locale zigzagging the olives and grapes, you will pass several medieval churches. A more modern church, constructed in the 1920s, however sits proudly in the centre, on the site of a 17th century church. As well as visiting this large neo-Romanesque Church of the Purification of Our Lady, in its shadows you will find a Baroque Loggia, all which remains of the old Church of Lady of Kandelore.
There are numerous walking, hiking and cycling trails through the countryside of Smokvica and Brna, particularly enjoyable for guests visiting outside the hot summer months. The Smokvica and Brna Tourist Board provide helpful downloadable PDFs for Rambling Paths and Bike Trails on their website - http://www.brna.hr.
Sample the delicious Pošip wine at one of the many producers in this small village. One of our favourites is the family run Toreta winery, which has a selection of old tools to help you understand the history of wine production and can be visited as part of our Wine Taster & Mini Island Tour.
The local cultural society in Smokvica continues the long-standing musical and folk traditions of the village. Should you be fortunate to watch a performance of the Kumpanija or hear the voices singing songs of love and the homeland, you will realise that the Dalmatian people are natural performers.
Spend time enjoying the Mediterranean climate in the Bay of Brna four kilometres from Smokvica. This coastal village caters well for visitors with a few restaurants, cafes and pebble beaches. It is also popular with sailors as the deep bay provides protection for their boats. The bay has an interesting history. The port originally built to ship wine from Smokvica, saw an invasion of Turkish pirates in 1715. The parish priest Don Marko Bono from Zrnovo, along with 23 residents of Smokvica were captured to be sold as slaves. Indeed, he was sold for 100 sequins and later brought back by his relatives for the inflated rate of 141 sequins!
Near to Brna is the smaller Bay of Istruga. Shrouded by pines and other Mediterranean vegetation, with medicinal mud found on the seabed and the cleanest air circulating the bay, this is a very healthy spot for you to relax.
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Short on time? Visit the 2 main growing villages on Korcula for wine tasting with a private driver.