Revered for its endless beaches, idyllic coves, scenic valleys, fine wines, and seafood, Croatia’s Pelješac Peninsula juts out of the center of southern Dalmatia. Without the tourist-oriented resorts and the crowds of other coastal Dalmatian destinations, the Pelješac Peninsula is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday.
The Pelješac Peninsula is a popular day-trip destination from Dubrovnik for those wanting to experience a bit of the coastal countryside. Nature lovers will adore the endless walking trails along the coast, sun worshippers can beach hop across both sides of the peninsula, and wind surfers will find some of the best conditions in Croatia on the southwest shores.
Tours of the Pelješac Peninsula often include a visit to the fishing village of Ston to view its 14th-century walls, a stop at a family-run winery to sample local Pelješac wine, and a stroll along the sea to revel in some of the peninsula’s finest coastal scenery.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Pelješac Peninsula is a must for foodies and wine lovers.
- Book a wine-tasting tour to discover the peninsula’s best wineries.
- Public transportation is limited on the peninsula so book a guided tour to ensure you see the highlights.
How to Get There
If you have car, the Pelješac Peninsula is an easy 1-hour drive from Dubrovnik. Otherwise, you can book a guided tour of the peninsula from Dubrovnik or the Makarska Riviera. There is also daily bus service from Dubrovnik to Ston and Orebic. Public buses exist on the peninsula but are infrequent.
When to Get There
With endless sunshine and dry weather along the coast, Croatia sees the most visitors during the peak summer months of July and August. The Pelješac Peninsula sees fewer tourists than other destinations along the Dalmatian coast, so during the peak season it’s a more peaceful experience. With even fewer tourists and pleasant weather, the shoulder months of May and September are also great times to visit.
Pelješac Peninsula Wine Tours
The Pelješac Peninsula is one of Croatia’s most prolific wine-producing regions. Renowned for its plavac mali–based red, Pelješac wine is intensely rich and full of flavor. Visit the region as part of a private wine-tasting or small-group tour to learn more about Croatia’s winemaking traditions while visiting several family-run wineries and tasting unique Pelješac varietals.