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My wife and I were planning a multi stop trip along the Dalmation coast and thought we would include one of the islands along the way. We chose Korcula as it has traditional working villages as well as larger historic towns to visit. Korcula old town and Vela Luka are both around 25 minutes drive away from Cara, in opposite directions, so you are very central and there are other villages and smaller towns nearby too.
The owners description of the house, the village and the area is absolutely spot on. The village of Cara and the work going on daily in the vineyards can be seen from the commanding views of the house. They have provided a welcome folder with lots of information such as nearby areas to swim and excellent restaurants in neighbouring villages. The folder also shows photo's of the Kastel before and during the extensive restoration project and illustrate what an outstanding result they have achieved. The house is a 'lived in' family home for parts of the year and this gives it a warm, comfortable and very pleasant feel as well as being well equipped, both indoors and with outside equipment. There are pleasant breezes from the South, which blow into the main bedroom, if the shutters are left open, which we did every day. The patio looks over the local vineyard (and church... whose bells dong quite a bit... but you do get accustomed to it!) and the huge locally made table is ideal for outside socialising, with plenty of room. There is also another patio just down the steps by the Annex, which has another area, ideally suited for outdoor entertaining such as a BBQ and all the facilities you need for that, are stored in a large utility area with a secondary kitchen. TheWiFi is connected to the mobile network and worked very well, without any problems the whole time we were there.
The housekeeper and her husband, who helps with maintenance, live nearby and are delightful. They called in to check if we needed anything or had any questions about the property or the surrounding area and reassured us that we could call them anytime if the need arose. Alex, the owner is a mine of information about the local area as well as the whole Island and beyond, so do ask him about things if you wish.
To conclude, Alex's description tells you a lot about the house and the area. If we venture to Croatia and this beautiful part of the world again, we would have no hesitation in staying again at Kastel Spanic! Thank You ;-)
We stayed 10 nights in apartment Lyra. It was super. Well equipped, and very comfortable.There was a local lady was on hand to call upon for any problems. The pool was small, but well maintained and we were very grateful for it, as it was very hot some days. There were 2 bikes for use of the guests, which was lovely, to pop to the simple shop for bread in the mornings. They also sold great pizzas in the evenings.
The highlight of the apartments though were the view from the balcony-simply beautiful day and night.
We would recommend an evening in Vela Luka- some nice restaurants, and local folk dancing some nights. Hiring Kayaks and paddling round the islands was also good fun. All in all, highly recommended, prompt communication with the owner also.