29 km from the old town of Korčula on the slopes of the mount Vele and Male Obale, lays the ancient village of Smokvica.
The first traces of life in Smokvica are found on one of the three most famous forts of the island of Korčula – Ilirska Gradina. That the people are, two thousand years before the Christian era were staying at the top of this Hill testified to us and finding of the prehistoric tombs. In the vicinity of the Gradina, in the later 16th century occurred the great battle of the locals and the Ottomans – the battle of “Krvava ropa”. Fights against preeminent Turkish conqueror, people of Smokvica displays with legend and sword dance Kumpanija.
Illyrian Gradina, antique ceramics, ancient Greek presses for wine and olive oil, Villa Rustica, summer residences of Korčula noblemen and multitude medieval churches are just some of the historical and tourist attractions of the remains of the early history of Smokvica.
20th century is certainly marked and by the neo-romanic parish church of our Lady’s Purification which was built on the site of the former shrine in the center of Smokvica. Next to the church there is a Velika and Mala Pijaca (square) and a beautiful public Loggia from 1700 a year. The main annual performance by the group “Kumpanija” at the square Pjaca in front of the Church, takes place each year on February 2nd, on the feast of our Lady Kandalora, which is also the patron saint of the municipality of Smokvica.
The municipality of Smokvica consists of settlements Smokvica, Brno, Vinačac and Blaca and today has about 920 inhabitants. The population of this island town has always been engaged in agriculture, especially wine growing and wine production. Smokvica is, along with the adjacent Čara, perhaps best known for the production and bottling facility of the first Croatian protected-superior white wine Pošip and Rukatac. How many local people appreciate Pošip, shows us and the monument to the Pošip on place Pinćaluša in vineyards of Smokvica, where it is found the first lineage of this variety before more than 150 years. Visitors and lovers of fine wines of Pošip, Rukatac but and other varieties, can tasted them in the small family wineries of Smokvica: wineries “Toreta”, Wineries “Kunjas”, Wineries “Milina”, Wineries “Plasa”, Wineries “Didovinka”, Wineries “Grošić”, OPG “Radovanović”, OPG “Stanojević”.
Every year, in cooperation with the winemakers of Čara, is organized manifestation Days of Pošip on which are presents this unique brand of the island of Korčula.
Among the vineyards of Smokvica can be seen and unique torete – stone shelters constructed in drystone walls. The trails of spacious vineyards and olive groves are ideal for cyclists. With cycling trails can be reached to the remains of the summer residences of Korčula noblemen or some chapels.
All lovers of the ethnographic heritage, authentic rural architecture, rich gastronomy and the wines will be able to truly enjoy this beautiful place. In the second half of the 20th centuries, economic importance gives and tourism, specially developed in the Bay of Brna, located 5 km away.