Inhabited since Greek and Roman times, the small village of Smokvica sits in the centre of Korcula Island. Houses are dotted up and down the hill-side and fertile vineyards lay at the base growing the delicious local white wine Posip. Olive trees also grow in an abundance in the area and during the harvest months of October-November you’ll see families gathering to pick their fruitful olives. Leading down to the coastline, the Bay of Brna offers a beautiful pebble beach and is popular with holiday-makers looking for a relaxing holiday in Croatia.
From Vela Luka
- Jadrolinija car ferry from Split and Lastovo. Schedule & reservations HERE.
- The drive from Vela Luka to Smokvica is 19kms / 20 minutes
- Jadrolinija passenger catamaran from Split and Lastovo. Schedule & reservation HERE.
- Sea-plane from Split or Lastovo. Schedule & reservations HERE
- Autotrans bus from Vela Luka to Smokvica. Schedule & reservations HERE
- Taxi from Korcula to Smokvica costs approx. €28
From Korcula Town
- Jadrolinija car ferry from Orebic (on Peljesac mainland, if driving up from Dubrovnik or down from Split) to Korcula. Schedule & reservations HERE
- The drive from Korcula to Smokvica is 25.5kms / 30 minutes
- Jadrolinija passenger catamaran from Split. Schedule & reservations HERE
- Kapetan Luka passenger catamaran from Split. Schedule & reservations HERE
- Sea-plane from Split or Lastovo. Schedule & reservations HERE
- Autotrans bus from Korcula to Smokvica. Schedule & reservations HERE
- Taxi from Korcula to Smokvica costs approx. €40
Smokvica is small so you can easily walk around the village. If you want to head further towards the bay of Brna (located 5kms away), a bike, scooter or car would be ideal as there is no public bus between the two locations. There are rental agencies in Vela Luka and Korcula Town and also bike rental is available at the Aminess Hotel in Brna.
Where to Stay
There are no hotels in the village of Smokvica so look for a private accommodation option instead. Typically a private room or apartment will be better value than a hotel and it also lets you experience local life. One great option would be Smokvica B&B, which offers two rooms in a charming renovated stone house. Run by a friendly British-American couple who relocated to the village several years ago, the views from the terrace are heavenly.
If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, the 4* Aminess Lume Hotel in Brna Bay is located close to the beach and offers an on-site restaurant and bar .
Where to Eat & Drink
The better eating choices can be found in the Bay of Brna. Smokvica offers a Pizzeria & cafe bar. You’ll find several restaurants in Brna including: Bistro Galeb where you can enjoy wonderful views of the bay as well as taste several local wines, and Konoba Zaratak where you can feast on freshly caught seafood at reasonable prices. There are also 5 cafe-bars in Brna so you can find your perfect spot to wake up with your morning coffee.
Despite Smokvica being a small place it is well catered for with two grocery stores (including a Tomy supermarket), a butchers, a pharmacy, a post office and an ATM. You’ll also find a petrol station just outside of Smokvica in the direction of Blato.
Things to do
Parish church: Visit the Church of The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary built in the 1920s on the site of a much older church. In its shadow you will find a beautiful Baroque Loggia.
Wine Tasting: Smokvica, along with it’s neighbouring village Cara, is the main wine growing area on Korcula Island for the white wine Posip. The white wine Rukatac and the red wine Plavac is also grown here in smaller volume. That means a stay in Smokvica is not complete without visiting one of the local wineries for a tasting. Some of our favourites include Toreta which also houses a small museum of old wine-making equipment and Kunjas, both run by young enthusiastic winemakers. The slightly more rustic Tomasic also produces a very easy to drink Posip and at just over €3 a litre, great value.
You can see a full list of wineries in Smokvica HERE. Which one’s will your try?
You can also walk the “Posip Path” which goes past a statute commemorating the wine. It is in this area during the middle of the 19th century that the winegrower Tomasic discovered the Posip vine.
Posip Days (wine festival): A fantastic opportunity to visit the wineries and meet the makers, this week long festival in Smokvica & Cara usually takes place at the end of July. Every evening the vintners open their cellars for tasting. We plan to organise a shuttle bus from Korcula to Smokvica/Cara on a couple of evenings during the Posip Days festival, so let us know if you would like to reserve your spaces.
Walking/Cycling: There are some lovely walking & cycling trails in the Smokvica area. One of the best is to hike up to Sv.Rok viewpoint which affords some spectacular panoramic views of the village, vineyards and sea. The local tourist board has recently put up helpful signs which will point you in the right direction.
You’ll also find details about more routes on the Smokvica-Brna Tourist Board website.
Music and Food festivals: Korcula is an island of singers and musicians who all enjoy good food (and wine of course!). Through-out July and August various evening events take place in Smokvica and Brna including fisherman nights where you can enjoy delicious fresh fish straight off the grill, Klapa concerts, folk dances and the sword dance Kumpanija performances. Keep up to date with what’s going on via the Smokvica & Brna Tourist Board’s Facebook Page.
Visiting Brna: As well as the pebble beach “Zal” in the bay, there are also sporting activities on offer from the Oreb Kayaking & Sailing School, fishing trips and boats trips to the Island of Lastovo.
Ciklo Tour: Returning to Korcula Island, the G.E.T Ciklo Tour usually takes place in May. Celebrating the island’s very best wine and food, the cycling tour makes stops at various for you to sample traditional gastronomical delights!
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