Farmers, wine-growers and winemakers, as well as stone sculptors, shipbuilders, and fishermen, were continental.
Evidence of prehistoric life can be found on several localities on the island. The oldest are findings of stone knives dating from the neolithic on the island of Badija, near the city of Korčula, while the most eminent and richest Mediterranean archaeological cave site is Vela Spila in Vela Luka. Apart from the Vela Spila cave, there are two more archaeological sites from ancient history on the island, Žukovica Cave (near Račišće) and the Jakas Cave (near Žrnovo).
Smokvica’s churches and chapels include:
St. Michael’s Church (sv. Mihovil) – a local church built in 1372. Located right above the village.
St.Andrew’s Church (sv Andrija) – built in 1346, located in Dračevica vineyard, right above the road to Cara village
Toretas are dry-wall structures built in a specific way – by piling stone panels in a circular manner. They are covered with conic trusses.
In historical times, they served as a shelter from rain. Also, people used to eat, rest or keep their farm tools in them.
The largest one on Korcula is 4.23 m tall. In the vineyards of Smokvica, similar structures can be found which are known as ‘toretas’.
A Klapa is a group of six to nine singers. Klapas used to sing accapela in the evenings in the centre of a place, in a tavern or by the shore for their own pleasure. They often used to sing serenades under their loved one’s window in late night hours. This is how men courted women in these parts.
Knight dances are performed on the patron’s day of a particular place.
Today they are performed more often, so numerous tourists can enjoy them.
Kumpanija is performed in Blato, Vela Luka, Smokvica, Čara and Pupnat.
The Moštra is performed in Žrnovo, and the Moreška in Korčula.