Places to visit on Pelješac

Nakovana is one of the oldest settlements on the Pelješac peninsula. Archaeologists claim that it was first inhabited 8000 years ago. District Nakovana includes two villages of Gornja (Upper) and Donja (Lower) Nakovana. Today these villages are deserted but have left behind many cultural and historical monuments like the deck where 8000 years old remains of the Neolithic Period were found, Illyrian shrine from 4. B.C., Illyrian hill fort City, Illyrian burial lots, the house of the inventor of the torpedo Ivan Lupis Vukić, medieval churches, etc.

Kalci are now beautiful gardens. In order to make them suitable for growing plants, fruits and vegetables, local people cleared the rocky landscape and used the stones to make one of the most beautiful dry stone walls in Dalmatia.

Orebić is a port town and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county. It is situated directly across a strait from the town of Korčula. It was named after the family who restored the castle inside the fortified settlement in 1586. During the 19th century, Orebić had 17 of the most important nautical captains in Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trstenica is the most popular beach in Orebić.

Trpanj is a village and a ferry–port. The area of Trpanj has been inhabited since ancient times. The first traces of Roman occupation were discovered in 1922, when a mosaic was uncovered in the park under the Gradina hill. In 1963, walls of a Roman ‘villa rustica’ were found, as well as the base of a Roman column and an inscription from the 2nd or 3rd century AD.

Viganj is a village located in the west of the Pelješac peninsula. Because the Maestral wind is common in summer time, Viganj is a tourist resort known for its windsurfing opportunities. Windsurfing competitions are regularly held here.

Ston was a major fort of the Republic of Ragusa whose defensive walls were regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture. The town’s inner wall measures 890 metres in length, while the Great Wall outside the town has a circumference of 5 km. The walls extend to Mali Ston (‘Little’ Ston), a smaller town on the northern side of Pelješac and the end of the Bay of Mali Ston, notable for its mariculture. Ston is a must-destination for all gourmands.

Mali Ston (‘Little’ Ston) is well known for its mussel cultivation. It is surrounded by fortress walls in the shape of a square and all streets intersect under right angle. On the south hill you will find fortress Koruna, built in 1347. Mali Ston hosts some of the best restaurants in Croatia.

Dubrovnik is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 50 kuna banknote, issued in 1993 and 2002. and you should definitely check out why! The main feature of Dubrovnik is its walls that run almost 2 km around the city and are daily visited by ordinary people as well as world celebrities. There are organized boat trips from Pelješac to Dubrovnik.

Mljet lies south of the Pelješac peninsula, from which it is divided by the Mljet Channel. Mljet is rich with forests and it is often called the green island. Its woods, the rich fauna, the crystal clear and clean sea and the sandy and gravel beaches make it a very attractive tourist destination, especially for one-day trips. It was just the extreme natural beauty of Mljet that contributed to the fact that its north west part was declared a National Park in 1960.

Korčula is the sixth largest and the second most populous Adriatic island with a rather indented coast. According to legend, the island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC who is also famed as the founder of the city of Padua. Marco Polo is said to be born in Korčula Town in 1254. Korčula is important tourist destination with over 200 capes and bays and numerous isolated islands and is just a short ferry-hop from Orebić. Regular ferry service runs between Domince, just outside of Korčula Town and Orebić.