is a small town and a municipality in Dubrovnik-Neretva County
in southern Dalmatia
. The town is located on the western side of the island of Korčula
at the bottom of a wide bay which has many indented coves. Vela Luka developed at the beginning of the 19th century in a deep sheltered bay. University of Zadar
Its name means "big harbour" in Croatian chakavian
. Inhabitants of the Island of Korčula and Pelješac
often refer to it simply as "Luka" (the port/harbour). It has several hotels and a medical centre called Kalos (for rheumatic
disorders & rehabilitation). The inhabitants are farmers, fishermen and workers in tourism. The town has a shipyard called Greben and other smaller industrial plants.
According to the 2001 census, Vela Luka has population of 4,380. Croats
make up an absolute majority with 97.58% of the population .
It has an average of over 2500 hours of sunny weather annually, and is the second largest place, in size, on the Adriatic
islands. The diversity and richness of the cultural inheritance of Vela Luka can be seen in the exceptional museums and galleries that are located in the Center for Culture
in the town center. The Center for Culture is located in the building that was constructed for school needs in the second half of the 19th century, so the building itself has historical significance. It is... Read More