Viganj


panorama of viganj


Viganj
, a village and small harbour to the west of the southern coast of the Peljesac Peninsula, 7 km west of Orebic, across the water from Korcula Old Town.

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Situated in a large cove west of Cape Sveti Liberan, on the rim of a fertile land area. The main occupations are farming, fishing and tourism. The mountain excursion area Sveti Ilija (961 m) lies to the north-east of Viganj.

viganj-windsurfing2The village is situated on the regional road running along the peninsula. (See video of cycling along the road from Orebic to Viganj Photos of Viganj )

First settlements on this area date back to the prehistoric and ancient periods. The parish church of St. Michael was erected in the Gothic period, expanded in 1760.  The shipowner Marko Krstelj had the Dominican monastery and church built in 1671.

The church is a one-nave structure; the main altar is adorned with the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is also the wooden statue of Madonna with Child and a Renaissance bust of a saint. A cloister with an arcade in plain form is near the church.

viganj-windsurfing1The village is home to 300 inhabitants and has a long maritime tradition and many captain’s houses. The remains of the Dominican monastery with its cloisters from the 17th century can be found in here (today a school and restaurant) located next to the Church of Our Lady of Roses.

A picture of the maritime battle at Lepanta in 1571, and a wooden Gothic statue of Mother and Child from the 15th century are found on the altar. There are many gardens here with exotic plants, as well as gardens with homegrown vegetables.

Along with the maritime trade, more and more inhabitants are employed in the tourism business. In old seacharts the bay is called Porto Rosario because the former  Dominican Monastery was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

Nowadays, the village is becoming an interesting tourist resort with a crystal-clear sea and sunny beaches.  This area is very well known as one of the most popular windsurfing centre in Europe.

Map of Viganj

Map of Viganj

Viganj Hotels

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