Pupnat is a village in the interior eastern part of the island of Korcula, about 12 kilometres west of the town of Korcula. Pupnat is located on the regional road running along the island. The population of Pupnat is about 500 inhabitants and this is the smallest village on the Island.
The name Pupnat, according to some interpreters, derives from “pampinata”- which means vine leaves.
The Illyrian lived around Pupnat, in the area of Mocila, where remains of Illyrian graves were found. Location of the village of Pupnat was chosen by its settlers, in the hilly part of the island, not to be noticed from the sea and in this way Pupnat was through the centuries protected from pirates.
The main occupations of Pupnat 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. 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 the 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, by a prehistoric walking path (approximately 3 hrs walk). 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 organized. Another important date for people of Pupnat is 24th of August when ‘Blazeni Marko of Pupnat’ is their festival.
In Pupnat 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.
There is a new road from Pupnat to Cara, which can also be reached by the old road along the sea side. This serpentine road passes Pupnatska Luka, 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. Pupnatska Luka Photos / Pupnatska Luka – the most beautiful beach near Pupnat / Bacva Bay and Beach – nice little bay near Pupnat /
Map of Pupnat
Map of the village, Punatska Luka, Kneza and other surrounding area in near vicinity of the village Korcula Island. Click to see the large version of Map of Korcula Island.