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. Most importanly, the sun-soaked grapes from the steep seaward vineyards near Potomje produce Dingac, Croatia’s top red wine.
Things to See and Do
- Ston’s 14th-century defensive walls connect the twin towns of Ston and Mali Ston, consequently dividing Peljesac from the mainland. Firstly, you should walk the length of the walls, originally over 4 miles long, and reinforced with towers and fortresses. This is one of the world’s longest preserved fortification systems.
- Secondly, 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. Call at Korta Katarina in Orebic, Matusko in Potomje, and Milos, near Ston.
- 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.
- 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.
Marinas and Anchorages
- Marina Orebic. This marina is open year-round and offers 240 berths with water and electricity.
- The most well-protected anchorages are at Lovitse and Ston, but there are other small harbors 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.