The Peljesac Peninsula

As you travel down the coast from Split towards the direction of Dubrovnik – just south of the Neum Corridor portion of Bosnia and Hercegovina, in fact – there is a peninsula that juts out diagonally into the Adriatic Sea, towards the direction of Korcula. This is the Peljesac Peninsula, home to towns such as Orebic, Trpanj and Ston and famous for its wines – particularly from the Plavac Mali grape – as well as its oysters.

This 65km long peninsula is the second largest in Croatia, after Istria.

As of July 2022, the Peninsula is now home to the Peljesac Bridge.

The Peljesac Peninsula

Getting to the Peljesac Peninsula

By car

Undeniably, the easiest way of reaching the Peninsula is with your own car, especially now the Peljesac Bridge exists! (In fact, the Peljesac Bridge actually offers a wonderful mini road trip opportunity down the Peninsula – it is a highly recommended drive.)

As the peninsula stretches out away from the mainland, there are few public transport options that operate here. Really, your own set of wheels would give you the most flexibility for visiting the area and its little towns, whether you’re travelling from the north or the south. This is also the case if you plan on visiting the wineries. (Obviously, be careful with your wine intake!)

As an alternative to the Peljesac Bridge if you’re reaching the Peninsula from the north, there is the Ploce – Trpanj ferry (see below).

By bus

Some of the Dubrovnik public transport buses stretch out to the Peninsula. However, these buses do not operate frequently at all.

Bus number 15 travels from Dubrovnik bus station to Ston at the base of the peninsula, with buses operating three times a day. Bus number 21 travels all the way to Orebic at the top of the Peljesac Peninsula; however, it only does so once on Fridays! Timetables of both of these buses can be seen on the Dubrovnik Bus Terminal website – click on ‘West’ for buses in this direction.

Arriva do also operate a bus from Dubrovnik to Orebic, with a higher frequency of services during the summer months.

By ferry and catamaran

There is a very frequent car ferry that sails from Korcula (Domince) to Orebic, run by Jadrolinija. Sailing time is only 20 minutes. G&V Line Iadera also operate a foot-passenger-only service on the same route.

If you are driving down the coastline towards the Peljesac Peninsula, you may prefer to get the Jadrolinija ferry from Ploce on the mainland to Trpanj on the Peninsula.

Organised trips

It is possible to visit locations on the Peninsula on an organised tour from Dubrovnik. For example, the Oyster, Mussels, and Wine Tasting Tour in Ston is a 4-hour tour that combines these activities with a boat ride out on Ston Bay. Alternatively, you might prefer the 10-hour Private Full-Day Wine Tour from Dubrovnik to Peljesac during which you can visit wineries and experience a private master class, or the 2.5-hour Ston walking tour + wine & food tasting tour.

If you are organised in Ston in particular, do also consider the Ston private walking tour with walls and saltworks to visit these highlights of the town.

What to See and Do on the Peljesac Peninsula

As we’ve mentioned, the two main towns that you may visit are Ston and Orebic. Ston is famous for its majestic town walls (which rival Dubrovnik’s), as well as its oysters and its salt production. Spending a day here touring the walls then enjoying an oyster lunch – along with a glass of something local – would be ideal.

Peljesac Peninsula - Orebic
The town of Orebic, with St Elijah Mountain behind it

Orebic is a bit more of a holiday-resort type place, but it is well placed for those who want to be on the Peninsula but also within easy access to Korcula island. For a bit of an adventure, climbing St Elijah (Sveti Ilija) Mountain rewards you with stunning views out to sea and across the islands.


The Peninsula is famous for its vineyards, producing what are often thought to be the best wines in Croatia, including Postup and Dingac from the Plavac Mali grape. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to learn that there are a number of wineries that you can visit here, sampling some of the locally produced specialities. There are of course many more wineries than those listed below; ask locally for tips or join an organised wine tour! Or, better still, go on a road trip and see where you end up!

VIneyards on the Peljesac Peninsula
Vineyards on the Peljesac Peninsula

The Korta Katerina Winery near Orebic has been producing wines since 2006 and offers wine tastings, as well as the opportunity to merely enjoy the offerings in their wine bar.

The Grgic Winery (Trstenik) was founded by famed California wine-maker Mike (Miljenko) Grgich, who was in fact Croatian-born. Their Plavac Mali is celebrated.

The Marlais Winery (Ponikve) produces several reds and a rose from the Plavac Mali grape, as well as a dry white wine of a blend of local Dalmatian sorts. Wine tastings are offered, and it is even possible to tour the vineyards (by appointment).

Beaches on the Peljesac Peninsula

There are plenty of beaches for you to enjoy all over the Peninsula.

One of the best is likely Prapratno Beach, southwest of Ston on the lower portion of the Peninsula. This long, sandy beach – surrounded by pine trees – is shallow and so very suitable for families with young kids. There are beach items (loungers, umbrellas) available to rent, and there’s also a snack bar for food and drink.

Peljesac Peninsula - Prapratno Beach
Prapratno Beach

Another sandy option, this time in Orebic, is Trstenica Beach. In fact, the beach is a sand/pebble mix, and it stretches out for over 400m. Another good family option, there are water-sports activities available here as well as snack bars for refreshments.

In the Trpanj region, check out Divna Beach (around 10km from Trpanj) – it’s very name means ‘wonderful’! This small pebble beach is surrounded by lush greenery which is a beautiful contrast to the beautiful blue Adriatic. Again, the shallow waters make it suitable for visiting with children.


Please see our page on Accommodation in Orebic which has the best selection of accommodation choices on the Peninsula. Hotels include the 4-star Heritage Boutique Hotel Adriatic and the Aminess Grand Azur Hotel, and the 3-star Holiday Park Rooms and Suites.

More info

More info on the area can be found on the Peljesac website. Do also check out the websites of Ston Tourist Board, Orebic Tourist Board and Trpanj Tourist Board.