Holidays of Discovery
Unique and off the beaten track
A small fortified medieval town, which lies at the point where the Peljesac peninsula joins the mainland, some 60 km from Dubrovnik. The most impressive feature of Ston are its fortified walls (a miniature version of the Great Wall of China) stretching for just under 5 kilometres.
Ston was acquired by the Republic of Dubrovnik at the beginning of the 14th C. because of its strategic position to protect the Republic's territory from attacks and pillage. Architecturally Ston is a curiosity. Its built area is compressed into a small space with streets running from south to west and crossed at right angles by a number of very narrow lanes devised to help the town to defend itself.
One of the most important sources of the Republic's riches was salt, harvested from the natural salt pens in Ston, which are still being worked today. The majority of visitors are locals from Dubrovnik attracted to Ston by its peaceful surroundings, open countryside for walking, fine wines of Peljesac peninsula and most of all for the oysters served in the local restaurants, which come straight from Ston's famous oyster beds.
Ston is ideal as a base from which to explore the exceptionally beautiful peninsula of Peljesac, which has many lovely villages still miraculously untouched by the tourist industry. The infrastructure is under developed, particularly public transport; therefore, a self-drive car is essential to see Peljesac. There are many orange and lemon plantations on the peninsula and some parts are fertile enough for soft fruit, particularly peaches and nectarines.
However, Peljesac is best known for its south-facing seaward vineyards which produce some of the best wines in Croatia. These include Dingac -an expensive full-bodied dark red wine with high alcohol content and Postup, not as heavy as Dingac. The nearest airport is Dubrovnik (74 km).