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Peljesac

Peljesac is the second largest peninsula in Croatia, it is located in southern Dalmatia as part of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. It is separated from the Klek peninsula of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Bay of Mali Ston, this also separates it from the Croatian mainland. Strait of Pelješac is located at its far western end and it separates the peninsula from the island of Korčula. The peninsula has been referred to throughout history by different names such as Stonski Rat, Puncta Stagni, Ponta di Stagno and Sabbioncello.

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The peninsula is synonymous with the Ston city walls which is a great place for site seeing. They consists of three forts, forty-one towers, seven bastions, four pre-walls and a water-filled moat, they provide a panoramic view of the peninsula and the nearby islands that is unrivaled. With its unique geography it is one of the most exciting places to go hiking and there are several great guides who organize excursions that reveal the ins and outs of this mountainous region. The numerous vineyards and olive gardens also provide an opportunity to sample some of the best wines this side of the world. July to September is an ideal time to visit this peninsula so as to witness salt being harvested using traditional methods, this practice goes back to the middle ages where salt was as valuable as gold. There are stunningly beautiful sandy beaches such as Prapratno, Podobuce, Orebic, Viganj and Zuljana, to wonderful pebble beaches of Divna and Duba on the northern shores. Walking through the streets and the villages you can still get a feel of its ancient Illyrians and Greeks inhabitants. There are also ancient churches such as the Franciscan monastery with its cloister in Gothic style and the Romanesque church of St. Nicolas that are great destinations to visit. To get into the peninsula can be through the sea using a ferry, speed boat or taxi boats from the nearest islands, it is also possible to fly to the nearest cities of Split or Dubrovnik and then take a bus to this peninsula.

Highlights

  • Its name is most likely to have been derived from the name of a hill above the town of Orebić, which is Pelisac.
  • The highest summit of Pelješac is approximately 961 meters high.
  • The walls of Ston are the largest fortifications built by the Republic of Ragusa, they are also the second longest walls in Europe and one of the oldest salt planes in this part of the world.
  • There are plans underway to connect Pelješac and the mainland through a bridge called Pelješac Bridge, this bridge is meant to literally connect all of Croatia.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Its name is most likely to have been derived from the name of a hill above the town of Orebić, which is Pelisac.
  • The highest summit of Pelješac is approximately 961 meters high.
  • The walls of Ston are the largest fortifications built by the Republic of Ragusa, they are also the second longest walls in Europe and one of the oldest salt planes in this part of the world.
  • There are plans underway to connect Pelješac and the mainland through a bridge called Pelješac Bridge, this bridge is meant to literally connect all of Croatia.