Pelješac peninsula, the largest peninsula in Dalmatia, lies across the Pelješac channel facing Korčula. The slender yet diverse finger of land comes with the standard Croatian sides of rugged mountains, placid coves, and turquoise waters, but the peninsula’s highlights tend to be more palate-related: wine, oysters, mussels, and locally-crafted olive oils.
Unlike some other southern Dalmatian destinations, Pelješac peninsula hasn’t given itself over to tourism and instead retains its agricultural disposition. It’s the perfect getaway for those looking for sun-drenched vineyards and relaxation. Ston and Orebić, the two largest settlements, bookend the peninsula, though small, sleepy villages dot the peninsula.
In Ston, you’ll find the Great Walls of Ston, which are a 15th century wall curling over the hills very similar to its more epic namesake. You’ll also find lots of salt and the nearby Mali Ston with its famed oyster beds. The Pelješac peninsula is at the heart of Croatian wine, and Orebić is no slouch. The town is inviting, and it’s easy to spend a day hiking up Mt. Ilija before popping into several friendly wineries for some tastings.