Today, I’m taking you to Pelješac, the second largest peninsula in Croatia. It is famous for many reasons, but especially for those associated with the sense of taste and smell. It’s the perfect place to explore.
For me, Pelješac is the place where I go to charge my batteries, to look for the secret beaches with my better half, to enjoy the sound of crickets, to swim in the clearest sea, to inhale the best things Mediterranean has to offer and to exhale all the accumulated stress.
When in Pelješac, make sure you don’t miss out the famous oysters and wines. Trust me, you never tried anything like it. The finest vineyards in Croatia bask here, on the spectacular conical hills. This is the home of the indigenous Plavac Mali grape, and on the certain south facing slopes near the village of Dingač the vines yield grapes of the best quality. Dingač is the bomb of a wine: rich, dark, and strong. Also, it was the first Croatian wine to gain protected geographic origin in 1961. Expect the price of 10 euros per bottle. To enjoy the Pelješac experience to the full, you should also try Postup, the wine often called Dingač’s baby brother, while Plavac is softer, more affordable and quaffable.
Here, you can find the most wonderful stone villages, untouched by modern times. Pelješac is also famous fore pristine shingle beaches and on the southern side a bracing wind makes this a favorite spot for windsurfers, especially at Viganj.
Orebić is the largest resort. Its architecture is reflecting the links with the Republic of Dubrovnik and has fantastic shingle to the east of town. A ferry connects Orebić with Korčula town, and Trsenik to Polače on Mljet which is ideal for island hoping.
The best thing about Pelješac is its unspoilt character. Take the time to slowly discover and enjoy its delights. A week will hardly be enough.