The Peljesac Peninsula in South Dalmatia is a 44-mile-long mountainous peninsula known for its excellent local wines, quaint villages, and pebble beaches. The two main towns are Orebic and Ston. It lies opposite the island of Korcula, about a one-hour drive from Dubrovnik. It’s connected to the mainland near Ston.
Peljesac’s vineyards grow the Plavac Mali grape variety. Moreover, the sun-soaked grapes from the steep seaward vineyards near Potomje produce Dingac, Croatia’s top red wine.
Like most of the Dalmatian Coast, Pelješac has a consistently mild climate. Temperatures reach their peak in July and August. Plenty of sunshine certainly means lots of perfect beach days.
Places to see
- Ston’s 14th-century defensive walls connect the twin towns of Ston and Mali Ston, thus dividing Peljesac from the mainland. This is one of the world’s longest-preserved fortification systems.
- From Orebic, climb to the peak of Sveti Ilija mountain (600ft) for fantastic views over the sea and islands. Follow one of several well-marked trails, stopping en route at the lovely hillside Franciscan Monastery.
Things to do on The Peljesac Peninsula
- Learn about oyster cultivation in Mali Ston Bay. Visit the oyster beds by boat, and see how the oysters grow on ropes. Above all, taste some pulled directly from the sea, eaten with just a splash of lemon.
- Visit Peljesac vineyards and wineries for tours and tasting. Visit Korta Katarina in Orebic, Matusko in Potomje, and Milos, near Ston.
- Also, try windsurfing in the sea channel between Peljesac and Korcula with Water Donkey, based in the village of Viganj, near Orebic. Viganj is Croatia’s second windsurfing destination (after Bol on Brac).
- In addition, dine on local seafood. Taste fresh oysters at Bota Sare in Mali Ston or risotto and grilled fish at Stari Kapetan in Orebic.
- Visit one of the local wineries.
In terms of fresh seafood, Peljeac’s restaurants surpass even Dubrovnik’s. The peninsula is known for its shellfish, and practically anywhere on this peninsula, you’ll find a cozy tavern or waterside eatery serving up oysters and mussels just pulled from the ocean and grilled.
Peljesac Wineries To Visit
- In Janjina, visitors to Bezek Winery can sample a wide range of wines, distilled spirits, and other agricultural products.
- Over in the town of Potomje lies Vinarija Bartulovic, producing organic wines since 1989. They produce their signature Plavac Mali red and rose wines and a distinctive white, also known as Rukatac or Maraština, which is worth a try.
- To the east of Peljesac, near the town of Ston, is the historic Miloš Winery, where visitors can savor 500 years of winemaking heritage with Plavac Mali rose and other natural wines, along with ungrafted old vines and pure olive oil.
Marinas and Anchorages | Peljesac Peninsula
- Marina Orebic. This marina is open year-round and offers 240 berths of water and electricity.
- The most well-protected anchorages are at Lovitse and Ston, but other small harbors are all along the south coast.
- On the peninsula’s south coast, there’s a quiet fishing village called Trstenik. Part of the waterfront here is suitable for mooring and anchoring.
- Ston is popular with boaters and foodies. It has several good restaurants that serve local oysters and mussels and also provide mooring berths.
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