Once you find yourself in Dubrovnik you definitely won’t lack good food and wine. If you want to discover the origins of amazing food they serve in Dubrovnik restaurants with the adjective of traditional and homemade this is the right itinerary for you.
Pelješac peninsula day trip from Dubrovnik will give you a glance of a day Greek gods would enjoy – food, wine, beach time and a sparkle of cultural heritage so you don’t feel guilty for setting your mind into an off mode.
As a big foodie I would personally say this to be the best day trip from Dubrovnik.
Start the day with a pleasant drive north towards Pelješac peninsula. Along the way you will have an amazing view over the Elaphiti islands and Adriatic archipelago.
Once you reach Mali Ston Bay you will see oyster farms spreading all over the bay. This area is a paradise for oyster farming due to unique blend of salty water and water from nearby delta of Neretva river. Here you can stop and taste fresh oysters directly from the sea while hearing interesting story of farming process from local farmers.
Several minutes drive away lies Ston – city with rich history which once guarded northern borders of Dubrovnik Republic. Ston as well as Mali Ston were planned settlements founded by Dubrovnik Republic in 14th century. At the time, Republic built a five kilometer wall between the two in order to protect Pelješac peninsula.
What catches visitors attraction today is wall around the city of Ston which dates back to 15th century with some Renaissance additions from 16th century.
Besides walking along centuries old city walls you will have the opportunity to see ancient salt pan complex, which once provided great revenues and has been producing salt till today.
After a walk through the picturesque city of Ston continue to one of beautiful beaches of Peljesac peninsula.
Passing through small costal villages along steep vineyards stop in several small family owned wineries. Croatian wine is famous world wide and when in Dubrovnik you shouldn’t miss a wine tasting on Pelješac peninsula.
Sure, you can try some of the best Croatian wines in Dubrovnik restaurants and wine bars but by visiting a winery you get the full experience. You will hear the story of production process and enjoy wine tasting of best Croatian sorts usually complemented with some cheese and homemade bread. A must try is Dingač wine – strong, concentrated red wine which comes from protected winegrowing zone on Pelješac.
Once you decide what is your favourite Croatian wine go back to Mali Ston which has several superb traditional restaurants and order a bottle. Choose between traditionally prepared seafood from catch of the day or other homemade specialities and knock yourself out.
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