Our Lady of the Angels
THE PELJEŠAC PENINSULA
1.050,00 HRK (140 €) base price + 255,00 HRK (34 €) per person
Duration & Difficulty: 5 h / moderate
Start time: every day at 10 am or at 3 pm
Meeting Point: in front of the main entrance to the Korčula Tourist Board Office
Included: guiding services, private boat from Korčula to Kučište, and the return by public boat from Orebić to Korčula
Not included: insurance policy
• Good physical condition is required.
• Your activity level and interests will determine the length and duration of the hike.
• Hiking sticks are available at no extra cost.
The Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels stands on a stony ridge at 150 metres above sea level. Built in the late 15th century, it is one of the eleven Franciscan Monasteries that the Dubrovnik Republic spread across its territory. And it is the farthest from Dubrovnik. Located on the south-facing slope of the Pelješac Peninsula, it also served as a watchtower.
A panoramic view
This hiking tour starts with a boat – we’ll cross the channel from Korčula to Kučište, a small village that will surprise you with its big houses. At the end of the village, we’ll start to climb a flight of steep steps between houses and their colourful gardens, then, further on, we’ll pass the local cemetery, and come out onto the main road. After a little bit of the asphalt – sorry, there is no other way – we’ll continue on a narrow path that gains height steadily through the arid rocky landscape. The path leads to Bilopolje hamlet, offering stunning views across to Korčula Town. From here, we’ll follow a wide dirt road to reach the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels. If you look backwards – a rugged mountain, if you look forwards – a captivatingly beautiful coastline, and now take a look downwards – woods of pine trees and cypresses… – this all comes together in this hiking tour.
Our Lady of the Angels protects sailors. Boats passing below beep their horns three times, and then, Our Lady of the Angels responds by tolling the bell as a sign of protection. Behind the Franciscan Monastery, there is a cemetery where Orebić’s captains and sailors are buried.
Our hiking tour continues in the direction of the Church of Our Lady of Carmen. The Church is guarded by giant cypresses… From here, we will start the descent towards Orebić, passing vineyards enclosed by dry stone walls…
Orebić is a town of sea captains, at the foot of Mount St. Elias. In the 19th century, the town enjoyed a brief period of extraordinary prosperity thanks to the Maritime Society which owned 33 sailing ships for transatlantic crossings.
We will finish our tour strolling along the seashore in Orebić. The town boasts architectural gems of sea captains’ residences from the late 19th century.