The municipality of Blato includes the largest place on the island, Blato, situated inland on the western side of the island, the village of Potirna, also inland, and numerous bays and small seaside resorts that make about 40 kilometers long Blato Riviera.
On the south side of the riviera are places Prišćapac, Prižba, Gršćica, Karbuni, Triporte and on the northern side are Babina, Prigradica, Črnja Luka, Kurija, Popov Ratak, Naplovci, Rasoha, Sprtiška. Along the southern coast of Blato Riviera there are many small islands and this area offers fantastic view of the island of Lastovo, its archipelago and the open sea, while the northern shore overlooks the island of Hvar, Pelješac peninsula and Biokovo mountain.
Here you can buy an apartment or a house - a traditional stone one or modern villa - or a building plot, depending on whether you prefer the northern or southern part of the island, but whatever you choose, you can be sure to get peace, nature and beautiful beaches.
No name streets and stunning tree alley
If you want more urban environment, then the house or apartment in Blato is a better choice, and here it is possible to choose between traditional and modern as well. In case you choose Blato, your new address will be something quite interesting, since in Blato streets have no names but are only marked by numbers. Blato is also special for its brilliant humor, but it is something that is hard to describe - you should experience this phenomenon best in situ, in paved alleys of Blato and with its locals. And definitely first thing you'll notice when you enter Blato is a beautiful tree alley - welcome, this is the famous Zlinje. This linden tree alley was planted in 1911 and with its one kilometer length is the second longest in Europe (the Unter den Linden alley in Berlin is the longest one).
The origin of Blato name and the spirit of the old times
If you wonder why Blato is called that way (in Croatian word blato means mud) here is an explanation: Blato obtained its name for the seasonal lake that was present in the area of today's Blato valley - in Old Slavic, the word blato means the water surface or the area around it.
Today, Blato has about 3600 inhabitants and is famous for its care of rich cultural and historical local heritage. The spirit of past times is well kept in the Etno-house Barilo where you can see many preserved objects talk about hundreds of stories about the Blato and Korčula island history. In Blato you can also see the reconstruction of the famous Battle of Giča that took place in 1571 and in which the people of Blato beat the Turks. Blato also has its word dane, Kumpanija, performed in the memory of this battle. Blato also cherish traditional a capella singing and rich local carnival customs.
A story of lumblija
But, the most delightful landmark of Blato certainly is the famous cake called lumblija, something like sweet bread, that has a stunnig love story behind. According to local legend, once upon a time a local girl fell in love with a soldier that was staying in Blato during Napoleon time on the island. Since the soldier soon had to go following his army, and since he was actually a cook, more precisely – a military baker, he decide to make something for his loved one to remember him. And his came up with brilliant idea – to mix local groceries like dried fruits, almonds and walnuts, orange and lemon peel, grape juice, cinnamon etc. in sweet bread. When the day has come, he gave his girl this cake telling her N'oublie pas, in French Do not Forget Me. Centuries later N'oublie pas became lumblija. Today, lumblija is baked all over the island, especially on the Day of the Dead, as a symbol of eternal memory of those who are not with us anymore, just like the original name of lumblija is saying.
Sanctuary and St. Vicenza
Blato is also known for its sanctuary Maria Petković, where pilgrims from all over the world come. The patron of the place is St. Vicenza, celebrated on April 28th.
Drywalls of Blato
Like the rest of the island Blato area - well known for agriculture - is also covered with amazing, thousands of kilometers, of drywalls. Here is an incredible fact: it is estimated that total length of these dry-stone-walls is almost 60.000 kilometers. By the way, Blato fields, vineyards, orchards and olive groves are located in an exceptionally fertile area so this is a perfect location for buying agricultural land.