Just a glimpse of Ston in one of our last blog post has started our new journey. Not to jump far too quickly, we’ll start this trip along the second largest peninsula of Croatia before going out to the open sea.
Pelješac extends parallel to the mainland and is perfectly positioned for growing grapes. Naturally, the natives have been well aware of that fact for a long time now. Aside for the Ston walls, oysters and extraordinary olive oil, Pelješac is widely known for its wines. The very steep terrain of Pelješac offers a very unique surrounding for the grapevines. On this peninsula the sun shines upon the grapes from three directions. The first directly from the sun, the second reflected by the rocks that surround the yards and the third, the reflection of the sun in the sea. It is this unique surrounding that gives the grapes a special kick during the riping process. That has to be reason enough to try the wines, but if you need a reason more just visit the family-run wineries. They are in beauty and history beyond beautiful, precious and interesting.
Ports and history
As we take this trip along Pelješac we can not skip the historical importance of this priceless peninsula. The maritime history of Pelješac is most seen in Janjina and Popova Luka. Right from their inclusion to the Dubrovnik Republic, Pelješac had been recognised as a crucial part in the defence and food supply. Janjina, for example, had its coat of arms and a rectors palace which served as the home of the captain.
Not to dwell on history too much, let us jump to the nature of this place.
If Croatia is known as the land of more then a thousand islands then Pelješac has to be considered as the peninsula of a thousand plants. More than 1100 different, of which many indigenous, have been registered just at Pelješac alone. This place will astound you with its vistas. Green fields, flat and tame, which turn so unexpectedly into steep, rocky roads only to finish in the most beautiful of ways. Pebble and sandy beaches where decennia old cypresses offer natural shade in hot summer days, deep blue coves, and ancient settlements situated perfectly on the shores.
Let the sun shine
To top this place in the most natural way, we’ll jump down to the very tip of the peninsula. Lovište, the most west situated settlement of Pelješac is a picturesque place almost defying the overall look of the peninsula. Its surrounding is most tame, with no large hills. Because it’s so perfectly positioned it tops the list of the sunniest places in Croatia with over 3000 hours of sunlight in one year. It is home to an extraordinary variety of birds whose song will set the right tone for the end of the day. Pelješac will make you hold your breath and stop you from blinking with its sunsets setting. Well, you can just imagine, the sea, the colours, the breeze in the dusk and the song of birds. No? Well, we got you. Just visit as soon as you can.