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Nature lovers will be in their element with numerous cycling and walking trails surrounding Zrnovo, suitable for all abilities. Just pack up a picnic and let you feet or wheels lead the way.
Within half an hour walk you will reach the fascinating natural beauty site of Kocje, one of Croatia's Protected Landscapes. This offers a wonderful walk through, over and around magical rock formations that truly arouse the imagination – great fun for the kids (and the big kids!). Think Lord of the Rings! Why combine a guided walk to Kocje with a lesson about the herbs found growing locally in the area.
With several traditional and family run restaurants in Zrnovo, you won't get hungry. Specialities include slow cooked lamb, veal or goat meat (peka) and zrnovska makaruni, a local pasta. And how about having a go at preparing the makaruni and of course sampling the dish at a local konoba afterwards?
Explore the tranquil Adriatic Sea and marvel at its aqua colours at one of the small pebbled bays located close to Zrnovo in the Defora region on the south coast. Our favourites include Orlandusa, Rasohatica and Pavja Luka.
Walk up to Postrana hamlet and capture the views from St Roch’s church and if you are fortunate enough to be there on 16th August (St Roch’s day), be sure to watch the sword battle dance of Mostra.
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Just over a thousand people reside in the four hamlets that make up Zrnovo, these are Prvo Selo, Brdo, Kampus and Postrana. Croatian life is significantly quieter here than in the town of Korcula, with a handful of cafes and traditional restaurants, a few supermarkets and the customary churches. Walking and cycling routes are plentiful, allowing you to explore nature at its best. From secluded coastal bays, to hills with unusual rock formations, the village of Zrnovo provides a relaxing retreat during your holiday to Korcula.
• Quiet and rural location but within easy reach of the old town of Korcula by foot, bus or car.
• Fantastic restaurants serving up traditional Croatian and Dalmatian food such as peka.
• Proximity to idyllic secluded bays.
• If you love to walk or cycle, there are many different trails in and around Zrnovo.
August 16th - Patron Saint's Day of Zrnovo
Along with the clashing of swords during a performance of the Mostra, the people of Zrnovo enjoy the events which celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint Roch. Couples take to the floor to dance the night away
Mostra is an ancient sword dance between two armies performed in Postrana, Zrnovo. The dance is accompanied by drums and misnice (bag-pipes). It traditionally ended with the beheading of an ox, but now a far less barbaric finale of popular dance is staged.
A guided walk around the village, a chance to prepare the local "makaruni" pasta & enjoy an evening meal at rustic konoba.