Pelješac – Croatian peninsula
Pelješac is a second longest peninsula in Adriatic Sea. It’s a southern Dalmatian peninsula, which is with its length 65 km and a width approximately of 6 km, suitable for exploring and discovering just in one week. In vicinity of Pelješac are located more famous islands such as Korčula, Mljet, Hvar and Lastovo, which are known as the most beautiful Islands in Croatia. Korčula was also named as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Despite the fact that there in its vicinity are so famous islands a lot of tourists decide to visit Pelješac anyway. From Pelješac you can go to one day trip to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Neretva valley or to famous Dubrovnik. You can also visit the near by islands with water taxi, ship or ferry.
Pelješac is known for its viticulture, fishing and shellfish farming. This is reflected through the whole peninsula. When you drive through the peninsula, you are often surrounded by vineyards and with from the road visible shell farms. On the streets you can see a lot of advertising boards, which invite you to buy a local wine.
Pelješac is very mountainous peninsula. Northwest side of peninsula is uninhabited and there are no roads. Advantage of the hilly peninsula is that you have always a very nice view at the sea, neighbor islands and secluded bays. On the peninsula are several view points, where you can stop your car and enjoy the view.
If you go to Pelješac from the north site and you don’t go on with a ferry from Ploče, you have to cross the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is from the road very nice view at Neum. After that you have to re-cross the border back to Croatian territory and then you quickly return to peninsula. While driving you can enjoy in the view at the Neretva valley, which is full of mandarin plantations, pomegranates, limes, lemons and so on.
As you arrive on peninsula you first come to the little city Ston, which is located on the eastern side. This town gives you very good impression with a view on the defensive walls and forts. Ston is known for the longest stone wall in Europe and this stone defensive wall surrounds the whole hill.
The best starting point for exploring the peninsula is city Orebić. Orebić is located on southwestern part of the peninsula. It is situated at the foot of the hill Sveti Ilija (Saint Ilija), which is with its 961 meters above the sea, the highest peak on the peninsula. On the top of Sveti Ilija is an excellent view point on the whole peninsula and neighbor islands. From Orebić you can come to all other places in a relatively short time. Orebić is the biggest tourist destination on the peninsula with a great view at the Korčula Island. There are some hotels and apartments, nice beaches, small marine, walking and cycling paths along the sea, several taverns and ferry connection with the island Korčula. Orebić is very vivace city, where always something is happening.
The most famous beach in Orebić is the bay Trstenica, which offers water sports, inflatable playgrounds on the water and one biger pub. The sandy – pebble beach Trstenica is ideal for children, but absolutely too overcrowded. Trstenica bay is east-facing, so the sun shines directly on the beach, so you hardly find a shade there and consecutively it’s very hot. At the late afternoon this becomes the shady side of the beach so it can be a little colder.
Other parts of the beaches in Orebić are covered with pebbles, with a few small bays between the rocks. Those bays are not very appropriate for children, because along the coast and in the sea there are too many rocks.
Very nice pebble beach in Orebić is also in front of marine. This beach is not so crowded and a few meters into the sea you can find the place covered with sand, where water is just enough fleet, that children can reach the ground.
Lovište – this little town is located in one of the most beautiful bays on the peninsula. The town is really wonderful and quiet place with very nice beach. Lovište is an ideal place for everybody who wants to spend their holidays in peace away from the any bustle. Everything is perfect here, but Lovište has one disadvantage, that’s the location. It is located at the extreme west side of the peninsula, so if you want to go to Lovište on holiday, you have to travel the whole peninsula, even if you come by ferry. It is also very bad starting point for discovering, because the north-western side of the peninsula is really hilly and there are no roads. So if you want to explore the peninsula, you have to go always by the same route.
On the way to Lovište are towns Podgorje, Kučište and Viganj. Viganj is a small town, popular among the camping and water sports lovers. On the beach of Viganj is a school of kiteboarding and windsurfing.
When you are on Pelješac you definitely must see the most beautiful beach on the peninsula. The most beautiful beach Divna is located on the north side of the peninsula and is really worth visiting. Beach is at the beginning covered with pebbles but towards the sea is sandy. The sand is continued in the water. Divna is a bay with crystal clear blue water. The sea here is a little bit wavy but completely suitable for swimming (also for children), especially for those which really enjoy the waves. On Divna bay there is also a small camp, for those who rather spend their vacations that way.
Another very famous and beautiful beach Duba is on the north side of the peninsula in the small and very quiet fishing village Duba Pelješka. In Duba Pelješka is a small marina with some quays for boats. It is located a few minutes away from Divna bay. Beach Duba is pebble beach with a little wavy water, it is also a beautiful beach but maybe not so attractive as Divna beach.
On the north side of peninsula is another interesting city – Trpanj. Trpanj is very good starting point for exploring the peninsula. The city is one of the first inhabited places on the peninsula. In the summer months is here very vivace, because this city hosts a lot of concerts, festivals and other events that attract people.