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Pelješac peninsula

Pelješac is a 65 km long peninsula in Dalmatia which is separated from the mainland by the Neretvanski channel. At the southern-west part the peninsula becomes so narrow that there is only a 1,5 km wide strip of land called Stonska Prevlaka between Malostonski and Stonski channel.

Pelješac belonged to the Bosnian Zahumlje županija (county) in the 9th century. Situated right at the border of western and eastern Christianity, its leaders supported now this now that Great Power. The stability together with the golden era were brought by the rule of the Republic of Ragusa. The ports protected by hills became the centres of ship building and sea trade.

Today the peninsula is famous for it oyster farms and wines. The aroma of the red wines like Dingač, Plavac and Postup is due to the rich soil and the high number of sunny hours.

Getting here & around

By car
Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Ploče (road 425) - Ploče (road 8) - Neum, border crossing (8) - road 414 towards Ston.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb –  Karamatići   222 Kn

Arriving from Dubrovnik, turn left after the village of Slano. Most of the attractions of the peninsula can be found in Ston.

By bus

Dubrovnik - Ston    (4-5 buses daily)   45 Kn

Dubrovnik - Orebić  (2-3 buses daily)  77 Kn

Split - Ston            (14 buses daily)    84 Kn

By ferry

Ploće - Trpanj (June - September, 7 ferries daily)

Orebić - Korčula (Dominče) (June - September, ferries run in every hour) 

Ferry prices

Tourist information

Mali Ston

Pelješki put 1.
Tel: +385 20 754 452
e-mail: tzoston@du.t-com.hr


Trg Mimbeli

Tel: +385 20 713 718

internet: www.tz-orebic.hr

e-mail: tz-orebic@du.htnet.hr


Ston is an ancient settlement of Croatia. It is consisted of two villages which lie 1 km away from each other: Mali Ston and Ston.

The Romans called the settlement Turris Stagni. In 1333 it passed to the hand of the Republic of Ragusa which ordered the construction of a defensive wall against the Venetians. The wall was 5,5 km long with 40 watch-towers and five forts. The building works were under the leadership of such masters as the Dalmatian Juraj Dalmatinac, Paskoje Miličević and the Italian architect, Onofrio. The defenders of the twofold wall and the farmers who mostly worked in the nearby salt pans lived in Ston and Mali ston. The most massive fortresses were Koruna above Mali Ston and Veliki Kaštio at the edge of Ston, along the road. Three bastions of the latter are still whole.

Until the fall of the Republic of Ragusa in 1808, Ston was the second most significant settlement in the republic. After the town lost its strategic role, it started to recess. Today both villages consists of only a few streets and the inhabitants make their living on tourism and oyster farming.

The house of the former Ragusan governor, the Rector's Palace can be found on the main square of Mali Ston. The surrounding buildings such as the building of the chancellery adorned with Gothic window frames and the Sorkocevič Palace were restored in their original beauty. 



Orebić is located at the southern-west coast of the Pelješac peninsula, at the foot of Sv. Ilija mount. The town was famous for its flourishing sea trade. A few of the former captains' houses still stand.

The bell-tower of the Franciscan monastery on the hill was the first one the seamen saw when shipping into the port. When a ship started to horn, the monks tolled the bells. In the cemetery famous captains rest. The collection of the presents that were left as a pledge by the seamen who survived a storm is kept in the monastery.

The Maritime Museum is situated at Trg Mimbeli. Though most of the labels are in Croatian, the museum is worth a visit. Old manuscripts, marine tools and yellow photos of ship captains align in the vitrines, and the nearby roaring waves provide a proper atmosphere for the exhibition.

Opening hours: from June to September, daily         9.00-12.00 and 17.00-21.00

Admission charge: 10 Kn (children 5 Kn)


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