Sprawling over 355 sq km, the Peljesac Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Dalmatia. Relatively underpopulated, the peninsula faces popular Korcula Island. Its high peaks protect Korcula and the southeastern coast of the peninsula from rough northerly winds. The dry terrain is covered with macchia in the north and dotted with vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees in the south.
Unlike other parts of southern Dalmatia which have been wholly given over to tourism, the Peljesac Peninsula retains a thriving agricultural business especially in winemaking. Dingac and Postup wine from Peljesac are appreciated throughout Croatia and Peljesac vineyards are open for visits. Do sample the farmed oysters and shellfish from Ston that attract gastonomes from afar.
Peljesac offers myriad opportunities for outdoor activities, especially if you can appreciate a good beach. Peljesac has more than its share of sandy beaches: Trstenik, Prapatno, Trstenica beaches are all on sheltered coves.
Orebic is famed for its long, sandy Trstenica beach and makes a good base to explore the peninsula and neighbouring Korcula Town. From Orebic you can easily reach Viganj which has some of the best windsurfing in Croatia off its pebble shores. Climbers can test their skills on 961m high Smijino Brdo (Sveti Ilija), also accessible from Orebic.
There are no flights to the peninsula; the nearest airport is Dubrovnik Airport . There's a new private shuttle bus between Dubrovnik airport and popular destinations in Korcula island and the Peljesac peninsula. From 30 April to 1 October (and possibly longer) four buses daily (only one on Sunday) will leave the airport for Vela luka (40 € /300 kn), Brna (40 € /300 kn), Lumbarda (34 € /255 kn), Korcula town (32 € / 240 kn), Orebić (30 € / 225 kn), Trpanj (34 € / 255 kn), Prapratno (22 € / 165 kn), Slano (17 € / 125 kn) and Orasac (12 € / 90 kn). Prices include the boat trip. Reservations must be made at least 12 hours in advance at Korkyra agency.
If you're coming from Dubrovnik in the south you can simply drive onto the Peljesac peninsula in about 45 minutes. Visiting the Peljesac Peninsula makes a good day trip from Dubrovnik. Coming from Split in the north, the best way is to take the ferry from Ploce to Trpanj. Frequent Jadrolinija ferries make the short trip. Plans are afoot to connect the peninsula by bridge with the mainland but that won't happen for a few more years, if ever.
Ston- Mali Ston--for the dining and the Great Wall
Beaches--the best swimming in Dalmatia
Vineyards--easy to visit, delicious to sample the wines
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