Ston and Peljesac tours
This article is made for all tourist planning to take a tour or excursion from Dubrovnik to Ston and Peljesac. All those who are thinking about spending all of their holidays in Peljesac peninsula will also get some good information from this article. This area of Dubrovnik Neretva County is offering many attractions and hiding some of the best gourmet experiences tourist can have in Croatia, so Dubrovnik Locals advise you to read this article and get truthful insider information about Ston and Peljesac. So read the article and find out first-hand tourist information about Ston and Peljesac from Dubrovnik locals.
Tourists can reach a city of Ston in one hour when traveling from Dubrovnik. It is positioned at the beginning of the second largest peninsula in Croatia named Peljesac. If you ask yourself why visiting Ston in the first place that you probably don't know that this city is surrounded by second-largest defensive city walls in the world that are still preserved today. It looks like inhabitants of Dubrovnik Republic just loved building walls so maybe US president Trump had some relatives living in this area :) The walls of Ston are over 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) long and the Dubrovnik Republic started its construction in a mid 14th century. The city of Ston was not just strategically important to the Republic of Ragusa but was also a home of the biggest salt mine in this area of Europe.
Ston salt works
Today it is hard to imagine that for most of the history salt was precious as gold. Salting was the most efficient way to store food and the demand was constantly high. The legend says that a Roman soldiers salary was calculated in grams of Salt and for that reason, the word salary (Latin salarium) that we use today derives from the word - Salt.
Ston salt works are still active and open to visitors. There are 58 salt pools that tourist can visit and learn about the whole process of salt harvesting from the first hand. There are also educational videos and other materials that will learn tourists about the history of Ston salt works. If you visit Ston at the right time of the year you can even become a worker and help in harvesting. It is a hard job, done without modern technology, but we are sure that by doing this you would appreciate more that white gold from your kitchen and have a great story to tell during family dinner every time you are salting your soup.
Ston City Walls
As we already mentioned Ston number one attraction is his defensive 7 kilometers long city walls. These second-longest defensive fortification system in the world is connecting a city of Ston and nearby city of Mali Ston. The building of this enormous project was finished by the Republic of Ragusa in the 15th century. The main goal of Ston City Walls was to protect southwestern borders of the Republic from the Turks and Venetians. The hight of the Ston walls is between 5 and 10 meters and there are also tens of fortresses and towers built to complete this defensive structure.
A major part of Ston City Walls was reconstructed in recent years and now is open for visits. Tourist can enjoy climbing and taking a walk on this unique fortification system and for those in better shape, there is one special event. Ston wall marathon is running event taking place in September. It consists of three races, 4K Rocky, 15K Stone and a full marathon race named Rockwill. For more information visit their WEBSITE. and if you decide to participate please send us some pictures from the city walls.
Ston and Peljesac gastronomy
The whole peninsula Peljesac is very famous for its wines and local high-quality seafood and olive oil production. The number one world-famous delicacies are oysters from Gulf of Ston. The traditions of oysters cultivation in this area is several hundred years old and still preserved today. Oysters from Gulf of Ston won several world gold medals for their quality. If you are visiting Ston during March don't miss an Oysters Festival where you can try this delicacy fresh from the sea in several restaurants in Ston and Mali Ston. We must not forget mussels that are the second kind of shellfish cultivated in this area and often offered to tourists in Ston restaurants. If you are more of a fish person you can go wrong by ordering fresh fish made in a simple dalmatian way, or my personal favorite food from this region - Black seafood risotto.
There is one more interesting food-related event taking place in Ston at the end of June. It is called Kinookus (Cinema-taste). This original idea is for the last ten years trying to connect a story about organic, green and healthy food production and consumption with cultural elements. We highly recommend tourists to visit Ston during Kinookus festival, learn something, try some tasty bites and enjoy in oper air cinema, interesting guest experts from all around the world and buy something in the festival food market. The best thing is that Kinookus festival is fully open and free to visit. For more information about this event visit Kinookus website.
Peljesac wine tours
When we talk about Peljesac wines one name comes across the mind first - Dingac! It is a strong red Croatian wine made from an autochthonous grape named Plavac Mali. If you are into wines don't miss an opportunity to visit Plavac Mali vineyards positioned on unique hills of Peljesac. It is a hard job to make wine on these steep hills and for that reason, Donkey becomes a best friend of Peljesac winegrowers. There are no too many donkeys in this area today, but they are often placed on bottles of Dingac and Postup as a trademark to show respect and say big thanks to these beautiful animals. Postup is the other high-quality wine from this area of Croatia. This premium red wine got its name after one of the small villages in Peljesac wine-growing area. Luckily for tourists and all wine lovers, there are several wine roads and wineries that are easily reachable by car or even better by one of the guided Peljesac wine tours.
One town on Peljesac peninsula is not so popular for its food and wine, but for its surfing. To be clear surfing is not so popular in Croatia for a simple reason. We can say that the Adriatic sea was not made for surfing, but Viganj is an exception. In Viganj you can windsurf or kitesurf like you are in California. Great strong winds and waves are waiting for all tourists that love boarding on a sea surface. Even if you don't know how to surf or you don't have your surfing board with you don't despair. In Viganj you will find several surfing schools offering certificated courses and surfing equipment to rent or buy. This amazing and cool place gathers young people from all around the world and it is also well known for its camping sites. If you are for some adrenaline rush and a lot of fun on waves don't hesitate to visit Viganj.