Ston is a small fortified town on Peljesac Peninsula, about 54 km north-west of Dubrovnik , well known for it’s medieval walls that circle the town itself. Ston is also well known for it’s oyster production in Ston Channel as well as for it’s salt works in the near vicinity that produce sea salt for centuries.
Bay of Prapratno is popular swimming spot for locals and visitors alike as it has clean sandy beach and sea surrounded by olive trees where popular camping site and camp ground is located.
Ston was founded in 14th century as part of Dubrovnik Republic territory. The town was then fortified by Dubrovnik Republic with 980 meters of walls, forming an irregular shape of pentagon, with larger towers on the corners of this irregular shape. It took about 200 years to build these walls and masters that work on them were : Zupan Bunic 1455, Bernardin from Parma 1461, Olivier the French 1472-1478 and Paskoje Milicevic 1488-1506.
From the north-western corner the walls rise to the top of Pozvizd, where they merge with Pozvizd Fortress, and from the north-eastern corner they follow the line of the isthmus to coalesce with the walls of Mali Ston. The largest tower is Veliki Kastio and is located on south-west corner of the walls.
Ston has no big resorts or luxury hotels but it has good restaurants , old architecture, stone houses and the longest fortifications in Europe. It is good place to come for day trip from Dubrovnik or Korcula, spend few hours in, eating and walking around.
Mali Ston is small place near larger town Ston, originaly defensive town, with own walls and towers. The most outstanding feature is the fortress of Koruna, rising over the village and visible from quite a distance. The port of Mali Ston was completed in 1490 and has small features as the port of Dubrovnik: arsenals, a round tower and a fortified port gate with statue of Sveti Vlaho over the gate.
Renovated Ston Walls opened : After many years of renovation, the Ston walls, the longest fortress system in Europe and the second largest in the whole world have recently been opened to the public. This is the most comprehensive activity in all the cultural heritage renovations in Croatia. The first works for renovating the walls were started fifty years ago by the Dubrovnik conservationist and historian Lukša Beritic (1889 – 1969), and the long term renovations intensified in 2003. The reason behind why the renovations have taken so long is because of the way they were carried out, being carried out almost in exactly the same way the walls were made – by sculpting the stone. The Friends of Dubrovnik’s Ancient Sights association has taken care of the walls since 1952, and financed the renovation project where they have invested around three to five million HRK a year. After the renovations, visitors will pay an entrance fee to visit this exceptional attraction, which will enable their support and further renovation and also stimulate the cultural and tourist development of Ston… read more
A tour of Ston Town Walls: From the coming summer, visitors of Ston at Peljesac Peninsula will be offered to take a tour of the 5.5 kilometres long Ston Town Walls that have been under renovation for the past couple of years. The renovation was initiated by the Association for the preservation of the Dubrovnik Historical Heritage, and mainly financed by Dubrovnik City Walls ticket sales…read more
Other Important buildings in Ston include:
- Chancery of the Dubrovnik Republic, built in Gothic and Renaissance styles,
- Sorkocevic Palace
- Bishop’s palace from 16th century that has elements of late Renaissance.
- Renaisance Duke’s Palace was expanded and reconstructed in the 19th century.
- Franciscan monastery with its cloister built in Gothic-Renaissance style and Sveti Nikola church, built in Romanesque-Gothic style from 14th century – where various works of art are saved
- Annunciation – the parish church – erected in the 15th century outside the walls, on the location of the former parish church of Our Lady of Luzina.
Ston Oysters, Restaurants and hotels:
The town of Ston is known for its cultivation of oysters which are a gastronomic delight. Eating oysters in Mali Ston should be essential part of your visit to this area. if you intend to pass near Peljesac Peninsula you must stop in Mali Ston to eat oysters there. Mali Ston is where Malostonski Zaljev – the most renowned croatian oyster bay is located. Oysters, muscles and other shell fish are farmed here. So, If you are into oysters, then stop in Mali Ston, try some oysters with glass or two of Peljesac wines Dinga?, Postup, Plavac or Pelješac.
Mali Ston local restaurants are :
Kapetanova Kuca Restaurant: The “Kapetanova kuca” restaurant is situated in attractive location on the Mali Ston waterfront. The name was derived and chosen as such due to the fact that it was the home of the Mali Ston Guard Captain. The “Kapetanova kuca” was opened in 1986 and back then it was a family tavern. It is owned by Kralj family, one of the oldest families in Mali Ston. The restaurant offers specialties of the Mali Ston Bay exclusively, and includes a large winery of Peljesac wines. Kralj Family, Mali Ston, 20230 STON, CROATiA, Tel : +385 / 20 / 75 45 55, Fax: +385 / 20 / 75 45 75
- Villa Koruna
The Villa Koruna is situated on the seashore in peaceful Mali Ston on the Pelješac Peninsula and offers you air-conditioned en-suite rooms with satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi. Prices from €68 – Number of rooms: 6 – Check Villa Koruna, Ston availability
The Mali Ston Bay is a protected area where aquaculture is successful thanks to the virgin cleanliness and wealth of the sea. This is the only successful breeding ground for the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis in the world. It has a unique, full bodied aroma and flavour of the sea. Since ancient times, it has been recognized on the tables of the European courts, and today is an irreplaceable culinary pleasure of this region.
Ston Salt Production
Ston is well known for its salt production too. Left Photo shows salt fields of Ston.
More Ston Related Info:
Tourist Information for Ston and Mali Ston: The Ston tourist office is located in the Ston town center – tel 020 754 452 web:www.ston.hr / Ston and Mali Ston are on the main route between Dubrovnik and Korcula. All bus services between Dubrovnik and Korcula stop in Ston and Mali Ston. Dubrovnik – Ston was part of Dubrovnik Republic / About Peljesac Peninsula – where Ston is located