STON AND MALI STON - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Ston and Mali Ston

The picturesque town of Ston with its small sister town of Mali Ston are picturesque fortified medieval towns standing either end of the narrow isthmus that joins the Peljesac peninsula to the mainland. Rich in history they are places of culinary excellence and several renowned seafood restaurants are there. Prapratno Cove, close to Ston, provides one of the finest sandy beaches in Croatia. Dubrovnik is within 40 minutes drive down the spectacular coast road.


Ston town and salt pans
Ston town and salt pans
Nearby Prapratno beach
Nearby Prapratno beach
Cafes in Ston
Cafes in Ston
Ston
Ston
Fishing boat at Broce
Fishing boat at Broce

The Dubrovnik Republic acquired control over Peljesac in 1333 and proceeded to construct massive fortifications in the form of a 5.5 kilometre wall spanning the isthmus and circling the towns of Ston and Mali Ston that stood on the coast at either end of the wall. The wall was built between 1336 and 1358 and is considered to be the longest defensive wall in Europe. Above Mali Ston and forming part of the town's fortification stands the impressive five-towered castle, Koruna. Mali Ston itself is laid out in terraces rising up the hillside and overlooking the sheltered harbour with its landmark circular Toljevac Tower built in 1478. Just across the isthmus lies Ston, laid out to a grid plan in the 14th century, the town is reminiscent of Dubrovnik and contains some fine public buildings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The ancient wall has been restored and is open to the public. The walk from Ston to Mali Ston provides wonderful views of the coastline and towns below. The salt pans at ston, still operating today are estimated to have generated two thirds of the Dubrovnik Republic's revenue in the 14th century. Nearby the small community of Broce, reached by a causeway running beside the Ston channel, was established in 1349 and has historic buildings and a delightful beach.


Mali Ston harbour
Mali Ston harbour
Mali Ston Beach
Mali Ston Beach
Mali Ston and castle
Mali Ston and castle

Eating out

Ston and Mali Ston are places of culinary excellence. There are renowned seafood restaurants, notably Bota Sare (occupying and old salt warehouse) and Kapetanova Kuca (Captain's House), on the seafront of Mali Ston. The town is famous for its oysters harvested from the local oyster beds. You can sample the excellent local white wine, Posip, and two great reds: Dingac and Postup.


Beaches

There are beaches at Mali Ston and Broce and Prapratno Cove, close to Ston, provides one of the finest sandy beaches in Croatia. The Peljesac peninsula contains some of the very best beaches that can be found on the Adriatic. A 30 minute drive up the peninsula will take you to the delightful village of Zuljana. The village houses front a small harbour and sandy beach which offers excellent swimming against a spectacular backdrop of woodland and mountains.


Dubrovnik

Described as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik will not fail to impress with great City walls rising out of the brilliant Adriatic against a backdrop of steep mountainsides. Within the walls of the old town are some fine architecture and lively streets crammed with shops, cafes and restaurants. Walk the City walls to enjoy the beautiful roofscape of the old town and the seascape beyond. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and stroll down the cobbled streets and alleyways or relax in the cafes. During the summer months the Dubrovnik festival hosts concerts on most nights providing music of all types.


Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Castle wall
Castle wall
Beach near Dubrovnik
Beach near Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik

Gruz

Gruz is the port area of Dubrovnik where the cruise ships dock and where mega-yachts tie up at the quayside around this large and sheltered natural harbour. The gentle banks of Gruz harbour was where the Dubrovnik noblemen chose to build their fine summer palaces to escape the heat and bustle of the ancient city. Many of these stunning Renaissance buildings are still standing and some have been renovated as luxury hotels or spectacular private houses. Today Gruz is a shopping and commercial centre for Dubrovnik as well as a living museum of Renaissance architecture.


Eating Out

Dubrovnik offers everything from sophisticated restaurants in spectacular waterside locations to simple bistros in alleyways and side streets of the old town. The choice is endless. We can provide you with our recommendations.


Beaches

In Dubrovnik there are popular beaches all around the Lapad Peninsula. From the old town harbour ferries go regularly to the small island of Lokrum just a few minutes away, where Dubrovnik people traditionally like to go for a swim. A short distance down the coast there are sandy and shingle beaches at Kupari and Mlini.


Islands

The nearby islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep are easily reached by ferry from Dubrovnik. Much quieter but still historically interesting. Lopud has one of the best sandy beaches in the region which can be reached by walking across the narrow neck of the island from the town of Lopud. The charming harbour front village of Suderad on Sipanhas a well preserved fortified palace from the 15th century.


Trsteno

About 10km from Dubrovnik is the famous landscaped garden and arboretum of Trsteno a Mediterranean garden with a fine array of trees and breathtaking views. The gardens were created by the nobleman Ivan Gucetic in the grounds of his summer villa built between 1494 and 1502.


Tresteno Arboretum
Tresteno Arboretum
Suderad harbour, Sipan
Suderad harbour, Sipan

Orebic

Orebic - think grand captain's houses with tropical plants along the sea promenade, long pebbly/sandy beach, romance and fun. That is how we would sum up this wonderful and friendly but elegant small town on the south of the Peljesac peninsula, looking across to the island of Korcula. A great, centuries long maritime tradition has brought prosperity to Orebic, and is still remembered in the town's Maritime Museum.


View from above Orebic towards Korcula
View from above Orebic towards Korcula

We would recommend Orebic to anyone, but it is especially suitable for families looking for an interesting but safe place to rest and play. The small town with seven fountains abounds with cafes and restaurants, easy to get to beaches, some of which have children's play areas. A car is not essential as everything is within walking distance. You will be spoilt for a choice of day trips - visit Dubrovnik, hop over to Mljet island and Korcula (15 minute ferry ride) for a magical experience, explore small pearly villages on the Peljesac peninsula, visit great wineries- one of them is in Orebic, the Korta Katarina which also has a good restaurant. All over Peljesac there are wineries producing one or other version of the red wine from the Plavac mali grape (Dingac, Postup, Plavac), white Posip and some rosé wines.


It is home to some lovely beaches, the main one in Orebic is of fine pebbles and sand (Trstenica beach) but there are quite a few sandy ones. Serious windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paragliding is in nearby Viganj. Other activities are diving among shipwrecks, hiking cycling, walking up the mountain to the 15th century Franciscan monastery with great views. Once a week from June to September the town offers wine and food tasting and there are performances of traditional Klapa music known as "The sounds of Dalmatia". There are music workshops in the local church. In July there is a shipbuilding workshop for children on the promenade in the town. If you are there in late September, there is a very enjoyable local championship in extreme and other sports, followed by special entertainment events (called Rozariada).


Family Grljusic runs a rural inn in a village of Gurića Selo, a small place located high in the hills above Orebić. They established a climbing venue, Hrid, next to the village. The site offers seven climbing routes, and they will be adding more. Experienced climbers can try it themselves, while beginners can learn the basics of rock climbing accompanied with a professional guide. Contact Gurica Selo, Orebić telephone: +385 (0)98 969 0141 or +385 (0)20 713 637 email: boris.grljusic@gmail.com


Getting there

cathch a bus from Dubrovnik (2 hours 30 min) or go by hire car or taxi. If you are arriving from the direction of Split take the ferry from Ploce which takes you to Trpanj from where it is ashort drive across the peninsular to Orebic.


Mljet

A 40 minute ferry journey transports you from Prapratno Cove on the Peljesac peninsula to the nature reserve island of Mljet. The most wooded of Croatia's 1100 islands, Mljet is 30km long and only 3km wide. One third of the island is a national park that contains two lakes that are linked to each other and to the sea. In the centre of the large lake is an island with a Benedictine monastery first established in the 12th century and rebuilt in the Renaissance period. Mljet is best appreciated by walking or cycling through the national park area and by taking the boat service out to the monastery.. There are entry points to the park area at Pomena and Polace. The villages of Prozura and Okulje to the south of Sobra are both on sheltered bays and have delightful water front restaurants/konobas.


Salt water lake, Mljet
Salt water lake, Mljet
Mljet
Mljet
Village of Okuklje
Village of Okuklje

More information on the Mljet website.


The Neretva Delta, Mostar and Medugorje

The Neretva Delta, about one hour drive north west of Dubrovnik and 45 minutes south east from Makarska, with its fertile groves of oranges and lemons and networks of lakes, rivers, and canals provides an unusual and contrasting landscape. Over the border in Bosnia, the historic town of Mostar, with its iconic bridge provides a vivid cultural contract with it Mosques, local cuisine and busy narrow shopping streets and market stalls. Mostar is around 45km from the Croatian border at Metkovic. The town of Medugorje, the famous place of religious pilgrimage, is as similar distance from the border.


The Neretva Delta
The Neretva Delta
Mostar, Old Town and Bridge
Mostar, Old Town and Bridge

Our Villas in Ston and Mali Ston


Villa Mimosa
Villa Mimosa Exclusive luxury villa with pool. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Elegantly furnished. Garden and terraces. 100m from beach.
Villa Katarina
Villa Katarina 1 bedroom renovated stone house of great charm. Wonderful sea views and 1 minute walk to beach and restaurants. Terrace and WiFi.
Villa Studio
Villa Studio A two hundred year old luxury studio villa at the edge of a historic small town, comprising of a large, air-conditioned sitting room/bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Terrace, garden and lovely sea views. 3 minute walk from the beach. WiFi.
Villa Vanya
Villa Vanya An old cottage, full of charm and old world character, recently refurbished into an air-conditioned small luxury villa. Two minute walk from the beach. WiFi.
Villas Mimosa and Katarina
Villas Mimosa and Katarina Two luxury villas less than one minute apart in the delightful harbour front village of Mali Ston. If booked together, the villas can provide accommodation for 8-12 people. The larger property, Villa Mimosa (pictured), sleeps 6-8 persons, has a pool and large garden.
Villa Salome
Villa Salome Beautiful, secluded, luxury old stone villa, superbly renovated, in a stunning rural location, air-conditioned, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, garden and pool, sea views and only a short stroll to the beach. BBQ. Parking for 4 cars, WiFi.
Villa Salvia
Villa Salvia A three bedroom, two bathroom, air-conditioned stone cottage lovingly restored. Pool, garden, BBQ, outdoor dining, WiFi, parking, beach 1 km.
Dubrovnik Beach Retreat
Dubrovnik Beach Retreat A five bedrooms, six bathroom air-conditioned, luxury seafront villa, gym, spa, WiFi, BBQ, terraces, sauna, children's playground, pool, outdoor table tennis, outdoor summer kitchen, sea view, direct sea access, parking, private boat mooring.


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