When you land at the Čilipi Airport in Dubrovnik, to get to the Pelješac Peninsula, you have to drive toward the ancient city of Ston. Here begins your adventure of the Pelješac and what it has to offer. The highway will take you down a long, winding, breathtaking road along the Pelješac Peninsula.
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It’s a busy highway at times but every time I travel it, I am mesmerized by the beauty of the sea. There are so many beautiful towns along the Peninsula.
After Istria, the Pelješac Peninsula is the second largest peninsula on the Adriatic. It stretches from the town of Ston to the town of Lovište in the north-west. The highest point is St. Ilija which is 961 meters high on Zmijsko Brdo (the Snake Hill). I climbed that hill with my husband and father-in-law and we did come across snakes. Let me tell you . . . I HATE SNAKES . . . with a passion. Lol! Agh.
Ston is a small village and harbor located at the gates of the peninsula famous for the saltpans and the growing sites for oysters. It is less than an hour away from Dubrovnik. The coast near Ston, along the channel and in the cove Prapratna have beautiful beaches.
Ston was founded in 1333, as soon as citizens of Dubrovnik got the ownership over the Pelješac Peninsula. One of the largest defense walls in Europe was built on one side of the peninsula. Later came the southern town of Ston and the northern town of Mali Ston.
The original length of the wall was 7000m which consisted of the walls of Ston and Mali Ston. The walls were built to protect the citizens as well as the saltworks, the shellfish and the city as well. The huge fortification complex in the centre was built by the citizens of Dubrovnik from 1333 to 1506.
Mali Ston (which means “Little Ston”) lies in a small indented cove on the north-eastern coast of its sister village of Ston. They are 1km from each other. Mali Ston is known for its production of oysters.
It is known for its amazing seafood cuisine and its crni risotto (black risotto). Trust me it tastes amazing. It is rice made with cuttlefish ink. I was hesitant a little at first but I went for it and it tastes amazing.
Add to that fresh oysters and calamari, freshly made homemade bread and a fine bottle of wine – Miličić Dingač
Every time we pass through Mali Ston, we stop at our favorite restaurant, Kapetanova Kuća (translated “Captain’s House”). It is owned by the Kralj family. It is such an amazing place, located on the waterfront of Mali Ston. Everyone is so warm and kind. I will tell you how kind . . .
Kapetanova Kuća (Restaurant)
My husband always goes to Croatia ahead of me and the kids to help out his parents around the house in Orebić. He took his parents to this Kapetanova Kuća restaurant and as they were leaving my husband’s dad forgot his wallet at the restaurant for some reason or another.
Well, when they got home, panic ensued and my husband called the restaurant and their waiter said he found it and put in safe-keeping. My husband thought he would have to go get it but what amazed all of them was that the owner’s son drove it all the way to Orebić and placed the wallet in my father-in-law’s hands in person.
We have never seen that kind of service or unwavering kindness anywhere ever. The people in these small towns on the Pelješac Peninsula are so warm-hearted. Everywhere we go we are met with an overwhelming amount of kindness.
* Hotel Ostrea
Orebić is a small town and the most famous town located on the southern coast of the peninsula Pelješac. It lies right across from the island of Korčula.
The town used to be an important marine center. Earlier it was called Trstenica, but in the 16th century, it was named after the family of captains from Bakar. The town has the Naval Museum.
Two kilometers from town, perched on top of Sveti Ilija Mountain you will find a Franciscan monastery from the 15th century. It also has an old special cemetery where old sea captains are buried. They have walking/hiking tours that offer great views of the town of Orebić, the Adriatic Sea and the island of Korčula.
My Home Away From Home
As I sit here on the upper balcony, nestled between the magnificent Sv. Ilija (St. Ilija) mountains and the blue Adriatic Sea, admiring the vast scenery that the locals take for granted.
I am up before anyone else to sit here quietly, as I breathe in all the aromas we cannot find at home. I glance in front of me, I see the Adriatic Sea so calm and inviting. Soon there will be much traffic to be expected.
I turn to look towards the opposite direction and see the majestic mountains as far as the eye can see. From the left to the right . . . just grand mountains. I sit there just taking in all the beauty for a few minutes. It seemed like hours. I want all of this to sync into my mind and never forget its exquisiteness.
THINGS TO DO IN OREBIĆ:
There is so much to do in Orebić. More and more tourists flock to Orebic to not only enjoy the beautiful exotic weather and crystal clear sea, they like to experience the history of the village and just have fun.
There are tours to hike to the top of Sveti Ilija, a bike ride around the town, and water sports of all kinds. Activities on the water you have canoeing, sea-doing, tubing, parasailing, and glass-bottom boat excursions exploring the marine life.
The food is like no other. Everywhere and anywhere you go, whether it’s family or out to a local restaurant, the food tastes homemade. My mother-in-law is an amazing cook. Everything tastes divine here.
We try a little bit of everything. We would go to the local supermarket (that has everything your own grocery market would have) buy all the ingredients and my mother-in-law will not let anyone step into the kitchen to help, let alone cook a meal.
Any restaurant you go to is the same. Any meal you choose you will not go wrong. There are so many little restaurants on this main strip where we go for walks at night.
Our favorite pizza in the whole world is in Korčula. It’s just a ferry boat away, across the channel. We frequented Korčula quite a bit. Just for the beer and pizza. LOL! Not really but it was an excuse to go for the pizza.
There are plenty of great places to eat when you want to go out on the town. You will be able to find all types of different cuisines like pizza, pasta, calamari, ćevapa (so so good) and so much more.
You also cannot forget about the bakeries in Orebić. You need to go early in the morning. Grab yourself some homemade pastries for breakfast and for dessert later in the day. You will want to buy out the whole bakery. The different types of homemade bread also are to die for.
I have below a few things you should check out when you visit Orebić. These are just a few of the restaurants we have been to. There is so much more to add to the list. I could write another blog post. Lol !
* Konoba Karako
* Stari Kapetan
* Mimbelli Restaurant
* Oaza (homemade ice cream)
* Villa Katarina
* Hotel Rathaneum
* Hotel Bellevue
* Hotel Orsan
* Hotel Bellevue
Pelješac Peninsula Beaches
The beaches on the Pelješac Peninsula is like none other. All the towns you visit, from Mali Ston to Kuciste, lies on the waterfront. All the towns overlook the crystal clear turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea. It’s magnificent.
If you are looking for an adventure Croatia is the destination for you. I really hope you love the Pelješac Peninsula just as much as my family and I do.