What is there to do on Pelješac?

7 Sep 2020

Our guide to enjoying the the beautiful Pelješac peninsula.

Whether you want to enjoy the scenery on land or take to the stunning Adriatic Sea there is an activity for you.

Walking, cycling, scuba diving, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, wind surfing and sailing are all available nearby.

There are numerous paths along the coast, through the vineyards and for the more energetic you can hike up St Ilija. From the 960m summit you have spectacular views across to Korčula and along the peninsula.

If you prefer something a little less strenuous then how about sampling some of the fantastic Croatian wine.

We have put together a short guide to some of our favourite places to visit whilst on the Pelješac Peninsula.

Hopefully you’ll be able to see why we couldn’t resist staying here.

We’ll start from the Southern town of Ston and then take the scenic road up through the peninsula until we reach the village of Lovište on the Western tip.

Peljesac Peninsula

With cold and imposing limestone hills on one side of the road giving way to lush coastlines on the other, the D414 was recently voted in the top 10 Best Driving Roads in North America ( Plus one in Croatia)  praise indeed!

The construction of the Pelješac bridge is well underway which will mean easier access if heading down from the North but for now you can join the peninsula from the D8 road or by ferry.

First stop,Ston

Well known for it’s impressive defensive walls and salt pans it’s also a great place for food and to take in the beautiful views , a definite must visit when on Pelješac.

Defensive walls of Ston Croatia

The Walls of Ston are a series of defensive stone walls, originally more than 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, that surrounded and protected the city of Ston. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Built in the 14th and 15th centuries as an additional defence for the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) and to protect the lucrative salt pans in the area, the walls also consist of three fortresses – Veliki Kastil (in Ston), Korula (Mali Ston) and Prodzvizd Fort. The walls were last used for defense in the 19th century.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Currently there is a major restoration project which will repair the entire length of the walls. At present you can walk the city walls over to Mali Ston where you can enjoy a well-deserved beer or lunch in the small harbour area.

Seafood & Salt

Ston’s salt plans are the oldest in Europe, dating back to 14th century with salt the main commodity for many years. Today, salt plans are privately owned consisting of nine basins all, but one (Mundo) are named after Christian saints Francis, Nicholas, Balthazar, Anthony, Joseph, John, Peter & Paul.

Yearly production is around 530 tons with methods unchanged for centuries.

You can visit the pans & purchase the salt produced.  check out the Saltworks Ston website for more details

Ston town and salt pans Pelješac Peninsula, Croatia  

If you would like to check out the rest of our guide you can download it here Click here for your Pelješac Guide

More exerts from the guide and an update on the house coming soon.