The Peljesac peninsula covers a large area West of Dubrovnik. Peninsula is connected to the Croatian mainland with small strip of land, so Peljesac is almost an island itself. Peljesac has neat architecture as well as pleasurable scenery. Peljesac is well known for red wines Postup and Dingac, that are grown for hundreds of years in vineyards along south slopes of Peljesac Peninsula. Peljesac has a lot of good beaches, and beach Trstenica, near Orebic and Mokalo is a nice pebble beach that faces breathtaking views of Korcula Archipelago.
Peljesac is connected by ferry from Ploce on Croatian mainland, as well as with ferry with Korcula Island that leaves from Orebic and journey takes about fifteen minutes.
Map of Peljesac Peninsula:
Visitors can thoroughly enjoy the Peljesac’s magnificent scenery. There are many walking paths found around beaches, coves and seaports where one can enjoy first hand beautiful surroundings, traditional culture and history on the Peljesac. Nature trails, cycling and mountaineering are all recommended.
For those that like a challenge, climbing to the highest peak of the Peljesac, Mt Ilija (961 m) could be interesting. Tourists will be delighted with the clearly marked trails and will be rewarded with amazing panoramic views of the islands of Korcula, Mljet and Lastovo. (It is advisable to take plenty of water with you in the summer months!). The Orebic Mountaineering Society can provide expert guides for larger groups.
Places on Peljesac
Orebic – a small town on the south seashore of Peljesac Peninsula, originally built by sea captains who found this spot to built their homes and villas. It is located on the regional road running along Peljesac peninsula. Back in 19th century, Orebic had one of the largest sailing and shipping societies in Mediterranean but as soon as steam ships replaced sailing ships, Orebic lost it’s primate in the field, although sailing itself remains local activity to present days. Orebic is nowadays popular tourist resort, offering various accommodation facilities – hotels, apartments,and rooms, long pebble beaches (Trstenica).
Here is a quote about Orebic from Sunday Times UK: “Stick a pin anywhere on a map of the Croatian coast and you’re likely to hit on an unspoilt beach and a sleepy fishing village or two. If you’re lucky, you might find a lovely little place like Orebic, on the Peljesac peninsula, north of Dubrovnik. It has a long, sandy beach, restaurants serving black squid risotto and whitebait, and a jetty where you can take a 15-minute ferry ride to the delightful island of Korcula. ”
Viganj , a small village on southern slopes of mountain Sveti Ilija on Peljesac Peninsula. It is located right across the water from Korcula Old Town. Viganj is south facing village , and due to it geographical position it has, as well as Orebic, Kuciste and Perna, a very warm and pleasant micro climate. Has a lot of pebble beaches, some of them secluded and popular among naturist. Viganj is a very popular place for people looking to do water sports particularly windsurfing, as Viganj is well known in windsurfing world as a place that hosted various Croatian, European and world windsurfing regattas, competitions and championships. Viganj is a starting point for walkers around mountain Sveti Ilija too. It has a lot of suitable paths for mountain biking and hiking while enjoying a truly breathtaking views of Korcula archipelago. Viganj has it’s windsurfing schools, diving school as well as a couple of good restaurants and cafe’s and is in close vicinity of much larger Orebic, where additional facilities can be found.Read more @ Viganj Photo Gallery & Windsurfing in Peljesac Channel near Viganj
Janjina, a village in the interior part of Peljesac Peninsula, just down the road from Drace bay – north coast of Peljesac. Janjina is famous for it’s vine and olive groves. On the locality of Gradina above the village are ruins of Illyrian fort . The walls of a Roman country mansion 1st century have been found near the church of St. Stephen on the local cemetery. Janjina features remains of the pre-Romanesque church of St. George with a late mediaeval graveyard depicted on the fragments of its altar partition, adorned with interlaced ornaments that are an inscription of the donator Petar. A rustic relief with the sitting figure of St. Blaise has been built in above the entrance into the former ducal palace. Janjina features several 19th century stone built houses that used to belong to local sea capetans. Dominating architectural structure is the church of St. Blaise in the heart of village.
Janjina is nice and quite place to visit – it’s location offers unique Mediterranean atmosphere of olive trees and tidy vineyards as well as close vicinity to Drace – local bay, where one can swim and sun bath too.
Trpanj is a small town, once important harbour of Peljesac, located on the northern side of Peljesac Peninsula, about 11 km away from Orebic. Trpanj is situated on the regional road passing along the peninsula; linked by ferry with Ploce. In the early days, Trpanj was built near a Roman villa of which fragments of mosaics and walls can still be seen in the old graveyard, as well as ruins of a mediaeval fortress that rise on the hill above the town. Trpanj has it’s church of Our Lady of Karmen located in the centre of the town, whith Renaissance altar and the coat of arms of the Gundulic family. Local Parish Church has neo-Romanesque – 16th century ornamented stone window . On the very edge of the Trpanj worth to see is a small chapel from 1695 with a wooden Baroque altar. Trpanj is surounded by nice beaches and pine trees as well as other Mediterranean vegetation and fresh water springs.