If your idea of the perfect holiday is first-class wine and shellfish combined with staying in a campsite along pebbly or sandy beaches, then you will not be disappointed on the Pelješac peninsula. This peninsula is the most well-known vineyard area of southern Croatia, and the wine from the Pelješac wine-cellars complements Mali Ston oysters perfectly. These delicacies from Mali Ston are reputed to possess aphrodisiac qualities. They were sought-after even in Renaissance times, when they were an indispensable part of the feasts of Dubrovnik’s nobility. When it comes to the wines, dingač, postup and plavac mali are all native Pelješac varieties. The best way to get to know them would be to follow one of the many Pelješac wine-routes.
Some larger places on the Pelješac peninsula are Orebić, Trpanj, Ston and Kućište, where the population occupies itself with farming oysters and mussels, fishing and tourism, as well as wine-growing.
The clean sea makes, vineyards and great wine makes Peljesac an attractive sailing destination.
Since ancient times it is known for its vineyards, so its varietal wines “Dingac” and “Postup” are now known all over the world.
Amongst the numerous fish, crab and shellfish species, special praise is reserved for the oysters. Mali ston is notable for growing and preparing this delicacy which is, aside from its extraordinary flavor and nutritive values, said to have also aphrodisiac qualities.
Larger places with rich tourist offer are Orebić, Trpanj, Ston and Kućište. For those who want to spend their sailing holidays in the quiet of a Dalmatian place, away from the hustle and bustle, this is the ideal choice.
Pelješac – Shells and Red Wine Lovers' Paradise
Pelješac is, after Istria, the second largest peninsula on the Adriatic coast. It is situated in the very south of Dalmatia, and is a home to several large and interesting villages and towns which are worth visiting: Ston, Brijest, Trpanj, Viganj and Orebić.
This is a famous tourist destination, especially during the summer. Much of the tourist offer of this peninsula is found in a rich historical and cultural heritage that can be seen in many churches, villas and other sights. Pelješac, the famous center of sailors and seamen, is today a tourist destination known for its superior gastro-enologic offer. Gourmets have long known of the wide range of shells from Malostonski Zaljev (Malostonski Bay), primarily of the well-known and recognized oysters, and of the excellent wines Dingač and Postup.
For lovers of active holidays, especially hiking, there are mountains Sv. Ivan and Sv. Ilija; for pedestrians and cyclists – routes in the western part of the peninsula; for surfers – Viganj, on which the western mistral wind blows several times faster than it usually does elswhere on the Adriatic, and has made it for years an ideal destination for professional and recreational surfers.
Dingač, the most renowned Croatian wine
Dingač, the most renowned Croatian wine, is named after the slopes on the Pelješac peninsula. These steep slopes that drop into the sea offer an ideal habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna. Amphorae may also be found at this site. Diving tips The site is reached by boat and the dive commences to and along the wall, and then to maximum depth. Ascent and exploration of the wall should be gradual with a decompression stop. Marine life Inhabitants along the wall include scorpionfish, lobsters, forkbeards, as well as white bream and two-banded sea bream hidden in its crevices. Groupers prefer the sandy seabed. Divers may also encounter elephant’s ear sponges.
Orebić the largest town on the Pelješac peninsula
This, the largest town on the Pelješac peninsula, brought forth numerous sailors and captains. You will uncover the history of Orebić maritime activity in the Maritime Museum, which you can visit during your stay in the campsites. The campsites are sited in unspoiled natural settings surrounded by the lush vegetation of ancient pines, cypresses, olive trees, almond trees, agaves and all sorts of flowers.
Orebić also offers long, sandy beaches to its guests. The most wellknown among them is Trstenica. There are also numerous small bays with crystal clear waters.
The mount of Sveti Ilija (St Elias) at a height of 910 metres above sea level, is the highest part of Orebić. Here you may come across a herd of mouflon and can visit Gornja Nakovana, an archaeological site where traces of the life of prehistoric man have been discovered. Above Orebić there is a plateau surmounted by a Franciscan monastery and the church of Our Lady of the Angels. From here there is a wonderful view of Korčula, Mljet and of the peninsula’s coast as well. For both lovers and hikers there are many organised excursions, hiking tours, walks along wine trails and visits to wine-cellars. At Kućište, 6 kilometres away, campers can enjoy the shaded sandy beaches, sailing and surfing. There is a restaurant selling local specialities and the famous Pelješac wines.