U sklopu projekta WellOLive čiji je nositelj DUNEA (u suradnji sa turističkim zajednicama otoka Korčule) u Blatu i na otoku Korčuli boravili su blogeri u lipnju. Budući je cijeli projekt prožet povezivanjem maslinovog ulja sa turističkom ponudom destinacije, strani blogeri za vrijeme posjeta Blatu sudjelovali su na gastro radionici izrade tradicionalne slastice blatske lumblije u Konobi Zlinje, upoznali  se sa pričom o životu i djelu blažene Marije prop. Isusa Petković posjetivši svetište i muzej Blaženice, razgledali etno zbirku Barilo uz stručno vodstvo, sudjelovali na degustaciji maslinova ulja u prostorijama kušaone Blato 1902 u centru mjesta te kasnije i sa prezentacijom izrade tradicionalnih sapuna i prirodne kozmetike na bazi maslinova ulja te naposljetku posjetili OPG i Vinariju Bačić u uvali Črnja Luka kako bi se upoznali i sa autohtonom ponudom kao prirodnim spojem svega onoga najboljeg što tradicija, zemlja i Blato sa svojim uvalama mogu ponuditi, počevši od maslinova ulja, preko autohtonih vina pa sve do tradicionalnih specijaliteta obiteljskog poljoprivrednog gospodarstva.

KORČULA’S OLIVE OIL PRODUCER ARE CREATING AWESOMENESS DAILY

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As in many other Korčula towns, the olive oil producers of Blato are innovating on a daily basis. Here are two great examples made with olive oil:


‘LUMBLIJA’

I cannot stress enough how tasty this sweet was!

A sweet bread made of olive oil and lots of aromatic spices, it was once made only for the All Saints festivities across Korčula.

Gladly, today we can enjoy it all year round.

Its name, lumblija, comes from French ‘n’oublie pas’ (do not forget me) as these were the words a Napoleon French soldier said when leaving a Blato girl he was in love with and gifting her this cake. That’s why lumblija is mostly baked when we remember our loved ones.

If you love cooking, head to Restaurant Zlinje in Blato and book a cooking show. I cannot guarantee you will be given the recipe to take home but at least you will have lots of fun baking lumbrija yourself!

OLIVE OIL COSMETIC

The company Blato 1902 produces wine, olive oil, sweets, liquors and also cosmetics. You can also attend a workshop to make your own oil based cosmetics, lip balms, and soaps!

 

BLATO JEWELS ARE ENDLESS

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Blato is located in the center of Korcula’s Western part, a spot that kept the oldest settlements of the island safe from pirate attacks.

Here are some of the highlights you cannot miss in Blato:

A LONG LINDEN TREE AVENUE

With 117 linden trees – planted in 1911 – it is 1km long and the second longest in Europe after Berlin’s Unter den Linden.


SANCTUARY OF BLESSED MARIJA PETKOVIC OF THE CRUCIFIED JESUS

Born in a wealthy Blato family, Marija Petkovic dedicated her life to the sick, poor and abandoned. Early in the 20th century, she founded the Franciscan Congregation of the Daughters of Mercy, the only original one in Croatia. Today, it showcases a great exhibition about her life and work.

The Sanctuary is also a pilgrimage destination, and many believers leave offerings such as pictures of their beloved ones on its main altar.

When I visited, Juliana – a young nun based there – showed us around. Thanks so much!


CURCH OF ALL SAINTS

Along with the bell tower and loggia, this parish church is located in the main square.


ETNO HOUSE BARILO

Aka. Etno Kuca Barilo. It is a house museum where Vesela Proeva – the owner – will be happy to walk you through some of its rooms to get a feel of the island’s past and traditions.