Orebic, Ston and Peljesac Peninsula
Peljesac Peninsula, after Istria, is second largest peninsula on the Adriatic coast. It is located in the south of Dalmatia. Peljesac Peninsula has several large and interesting villages and places to visit, such as Ston, Brijesta, Trpanj, Viganj and Orebic. These places are very popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. His specialty in culinary terms is a rich selection of shells from Mali Ston Bay and the selection of fine wines locality known as Dingac and Postup. For an active holiday there are Mount St John and Mount St Elijah for hikers. Viganj offers surfing and hiking, and biking trails in the western part of the peninsula.
What to see in Peljesac Peninsula
Orebic was named in 1584 by the noble family who came from the Bakar area and whose members have played an important role in history. It is located in the southwest of the peninsula beneath Mount St Elijah. It is located on the Peljesac channel opposite Korcula.
It is located in the center of Orebic and founded in 1957, with all sorts of material from history. The museum contains pictures of Peljesac sailing ships shown in navigation and in combat with pirates from the 17th to the late 19th century, the ship’s tools, weapons, atlases, nautical and school books, health and travel papers, ship’s pharmacy, medals and mariners pictures, documents, rules, list of members, shares and insurance Ordinance sailors Peljesac Maritime Association.
The Franciscan monastery with a lookout point
History of the region where today raises the monumental complex of Mali and Veliki Ston and their walls is one of the richest in the entire Dubrovnik region. Just because of its extraordinary position short strips that connects the peninsula with the mainland, and the fertile fields with an abundance of water and the salts thereof, became the abode of a man already in the earliest ages.
The Church of St Mihajlo
On the hill, St Mihajlo is well preserved pre-Romanesque church from 9th century with the excellent pre-Romanesque wall paintings. The church is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most valuable Ston monuments culture.
Church of Our Lady of Luzin (Crkva Gospe od Luzina)
It is located south of the new saltworks outside the city walls. Next to the church was built monastery. The present church of Our Lady of Luzin belongs to the Romanesque period with the interlacing design. The bell tower dates from the 18th century.
It was built in the late 14th century and in it were located prison. There can be viewed and archaeological finds from the caves of the exhibition Nakovan and Gudanj. Open from 9 to 12 and 18 to 21 h.
Things to do in Peljesac Peninsula
Today’s Ston was founded in 1333 when the people of Dubrovnik got hold of Peljesac. The town was fortified with the 5000 meters long walls, and this monumental defensive system was the largest fortified urban construction in what was then Europe. The chroniclers state that the construction lasted 18 months. The walls had a great importance; because they defended the saltworks which was the Dubrovnik Republic brought 15,900 ducats every year, shellfish farming and the town. In 1667, the walls collapsed about 0.5 km of walls in the catastrophic earthquake, while the walls were considerably damaged by earthquakes in 1979 and 1996.
Museum of Saltworks in Ston
Saltworks Ston, one of the three saltworks in Croatia, is the oldest in Europe, and possibly in the world. It dates from the 14th century. It was created after the Dubrovnik Republic bought Ston in 1333 and 1360 was enclosed by a defensive wall. Ston has become an ideal location for saltworks which the Republic brought the most revenue, 15,900 ducats a year. The production method has not changed throughout all these centuries and in such ecological healthy condition it guarantees the maintaining of an excellent salt quality.
Go and visit the donkey farm in Kuna, Peljesac – in a small village in the interior of the peninsula is a family farm that offers a variety of local products and dishes. Within the household, there is a donkey farm that can be ridden and paint.
Wine and Cuisine
Peljesac is a true paradise where oenological winemaking develops back to Roman times. A special feature of the peninsula lies in the rich selection of shellfish, fish and meat dishes that provide a true gourmet delight.
Wine tours – visit the wineries in the hinterland of the peninsula and taste its wines Dingac and Postup and visit the vineyards that grow on steep protected zone by the sea.
Gastronomic offer – try the fish specialties in the taverns in places all over the peninsula or visit the rural households and try the best quality meats prepared in the traditional way.
Do you want to spend your holidays actively, Peljesac offers various possibilities so find one that suits you best, and treat yourself to the holiday you desire.
Hiking – climb to the top of the hill St Elijah (961m), the highest hill and the most popular hiking destinations on the peninsula.
Cycling – the municipality Orebic marked by more than 100 km of bicycle paths, and with 3 lines are marked the way to the hill of Saint Elijah. With the map with marked paths you can explore all corners of the peninsula.
Surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing – if you come on an active vacation, be sure to visit Viganj and Kuciste, Croatian top destination for surfing.
Water sports – on the Peljesac peninsula you can enjoy a variety of water sports. Try your hand at exciting water sports such as water skiing or banana ride while boat pulling you. For those with a quiet spirit, there is rent a kayak or pedal boat.
Scuba diving at beaches in Mokalo, Trstenica, Dingac, and Kucista – with professional help of employees you’ll meet the diving club and explore the hidden secrets from the depths of the Adriatic.