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In 2011 Blato was awarded with a county award for the development of the town

Blato is a town  situated in the heart of the island of Korčula, 7 km away from Vela Luka, whereas 4 km divide it from the sea. In many coves on the north and south side of Blato there are holiday homes and apartments in private houses. Accommodation can also be found at campsites and the Prišćapac apartment resort. In restaurants and agritourism businesses fish and meat specialties are served along with homemade olive oil and wine.

A good asphalt road connects Blato with Vela Luka and Korčula and their ferry ports. In the summer season the catamaran Split - Korčula docks in Prigradica, 4 km away. Bus services connect Blato with Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split.

Blato was founded beside a former lake which used to cover a field named Blato located between the towns Blato and Vela Luka, which is where the town derives its name from. In Old Slavic language the word blato was used for a water surface or the space around it. A centuries-old olive tree, probably the oldest one on the island, grows next to the field Blato, and the signpost marking the way to it is visible from the main island road, which connects Blato and Vela Luka.

Blato has an extremely rich historical heritage. Make sure to visit the parish church of All Saints, which was first mentioned in the 13th century. The main church altar is decorated with paintings of a 16th-century Venetian master. Another interesting item is a wooden statue of the Virgin, which used to serve as a decoration of a ship's bow. The statue is now decorated with gold jewellery which has been donated by believers throughout centuries. The church is located in a vast square and its belfry and loggia dating from the beginning of the 18th century can be found beside it.

Narrow little streets lead us from the parish church to the Sanctuary of The Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified Petković. Born in Blato, she founded the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters Daughters of Mercy, which today operates on three continents. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 2003.

In the summer season, weekly performances of folk dances, the most famous of which is Kumpanija, take place in the square in front of the church. Kumpanija is a dance with swords which originates from the armies which used to defend the island and the town and their exercises.

In the private ethno- house Barilo there is an exhibition of everyday items as well as decorative ones belonging to the history of Blato – ranging from agricultural tools to ceremonial clothing items. Its hospitable hosts will also serve you with homemade products made following old recipes.

In 2011 Blato was awarded with a county award for the development of the town due to its recently developed park. The park and Zlinje, a linden alley, make a unique and recognisable whole.

Well-managed and marked bicycle and walking trails will reveal Blato’s natural and cultural heritage. Diving centres in Gršćici and Prišćapac organise dives and diving schools.

 
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Room: Vela Luka

New accommodation: VLK885

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Max. capacity: 2
Air condition: Yes
Pets: No
Sea distance: 20m

from: 45.00 €/day

Guest testimonials

Ferienhaus PRI853

Wir haben uns das Haus oberhalb des Fischerdorfes Prigradica für 14 Tage gemietet, von dort hat man einen tollen Ausblick aufs Meer und auf das Dorf, zum Einkaufen fährt man mit dem Auto nach Blato ca. 10 min oder nach Vella Luka ca. 20 min, in Vella Luka gibt es ...

Palagruza - Gerhard

Hello Mediterano !
 
First of all thank you for your wonderful service - also from my friend Wolfgang!!.
 
It is a pity that we could not meet again after we left Palagruza yesterday morning.
We both liked that 1 week stay on Palagruza very much - it was a little adventure ...

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