Pupnat is a village in the interior eastern part of the island of Korcula, about 12 kilometres west of the town of Korcula. The village is located on the regional road running along the island. The population is about 500 inhabitants and this is the smallest village on the Island.
The name of the village, according to some interpreters, derives from “pampinata” (pampinātus), meaning a growth of vine leaves.
The Illyrians lived around the village in the area of Mocila where remains of Illyrian graves were found. Location of the village was chosen by its settlers in the hilly part of the island, not to be noticed from the sea and in this way Pupnat survived as was protected from the pirates through the centuries.
The main occupations of the village residents is farming and tourism.
The graveyard church of St. George was first mentioned in 1383 and the three-nave parish church of Our Lady of the Snows was erected after 1620.
The major feast day in Pupnat is Our Lady of the Snows – locally called ‘Gospa od Sniga’ (5th of August), when, apart from a religious feast, entertainment and cultural programs are also organized.
Another important date for people of Pupnat is 24th of August when ‘Blazeni Marko of Pupnat’ is their festival.
In the village visitors may buy first-class home-made food: wine, prsut, olive oil, brandy, honey, dried herbs and fruit.
The families from Pupnat are the owners of the bay of Kneza on the northern coast of the island, with a number of houses and villas rented to tourists.
From Pupnat, the road climbs up almost to the top of the island from where a wonderful panorama stretches as far as the island of Mljet to the southeast and the island of Lastovo directly to the south.
Hidden in a valley between high hills, Pupnat is a very pleasant and interesting visitors destination. It is the starting point for a number of interesting walking tours: to the peak of the island (Klupca, 568 meters), to the village of Racisce on the northern coast, to the Zukovica valley on the southern coast, and to the town of Korcula, all by a prehistoric walking paths (approximately 3 hrs walk).
There is a new road from Pupnat to Cara which can also be reached by the old road along the seaside. This serpentine road passes Pupnatska Luka photos, beautiful bay on the southern side of the Island Korcula, with clean pebble beach and amazing turquoise colors of water. It used to be accessible by foot-only, but few years ago, wider road was build so Pupnatska Luka can be accessed by cars, bicycles and scooters too.
Map of Pupnat
Map of the village, Pupnatska Luka, Kneza and other surrounding area in near vicinity on Korcula Island. Click to see the large version of Map of Korcula Island.