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Squeezed between the coast and the foothills of St. Ilija˘s Mountain (altitude 961meters) is Orebic,the cradle of sea captains and seafarers, the pearl of the Peljesac Riviera.
The majority of artefacts from various sites are kept in the Museum in Orebic, which also shows in detail its maritime past and includes artefacts from more recent times. The Franciscan monastery at Podgorje above Orebic is the best expression of this unique development.
Comfortable and entertaining holidays can be found on Peljesac because every summer the local people present interesting and varied cultural, folklore, and sports programmes. There are concerts of classical music with top musicians, ensembles both local and foreign, open-air theatre, and performances of well-known Croatian entertainers and pop singers. Matica hrvatska(a national educational and cultural institution), together with the Center for Culture of the Community of Orebic and the Tourist Board, annually organizes a series of cultural and entertainment events called "Days of Culture". Starting the beginning of June until the end of September, visitors can see various painting exhibitions in the galleries of the Church of the Sacred Annunciation, on the ground floor of the Maritime Museum, and in cloister of the Franciscan Monastery at Podgorje, where concerts of classical music are also held.Theatre and folklore performances are held on the terrace of the Rathaneum Hotel and on the Rondela terrace of the Bellevue Hotel. Young people can enjoy evening hours in dicotheques on Trstenica Beach or in the Bellevue Hotel. There are various sporting events, the most significant being the open championship of Croatian windsurfing, taking places the end of July in front of Liberian Beach in Viganj.The south Adriatic sailing race starts in Orebic and an ever more popular boat race is held the first Saturday in August in Dingač in front of the hamlet Borak. Every summer Loviste organizes "Loviste Summer", with a donkey race as one of its highlights, after which all visitors are treated with wine and roasted fish. We should also mention "Summer Evenings" in Viganj and "Feste" in Crkvice, Mokalo and Trstenik. On the other side of Peljesac, the Trpanj Tourist Board organizes a cultural and entertainment event called "Trpanj Summer" with music, folklore, theatre performances, exhibitions and entertaining evenings.Every 15 days they sponsor "Fisherman Night" for all visitors and local people.The biggest event is connected with religious holiday of Our Lady of the Assumption on August 15th. Those looking for more active holidays can engage in water sports such as swimming, surfing, water skiing, rowing, sailing, and scuba diving. The ideal location for surfing is in the Peljesac Channel in front of Punta Liberian, and the tourist complex at Perna. Scuba diving offers various sea flora and fauna and underwater archaeological finds. Back on land one can thoroughly enjoy walking alongnature trails, cycling, and mountaineering, especially to the highest peak of Peljesac, Mt Sveti Ilija (961m). Those wishing other sports activities can use the tennis courts in Orebic, large and small soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts including sand volleyball areas. There are also bocce courts or lawn bowling in every tourist location. If all this is not enough, you are invited to stroll the many walking paths found around the seaports, beaches and coves in every town, enjoying first hand this fantastic landscape with its endless beauty and unique features.
It is simply not possible to visit Peljesac,Croatia's second largest peninsula, and not see the Peljesac vineyards and allow you palate the pleasure of tasting top quality wines. The hard to cultivate land and the painstaking work of the diligent people from Peljesac resultet in renowned wines that have made the Peljesac name known around the globe. Quality soil and beneficial Dalmatian sun allow the grapes to produce abundant grape bunches, traditionally used to make Croatia's most renowned wines that originate from the Peljesac peninsula:"Dingač", "Postup", "Plavac" and "Peljesac". For over 2000 years, man's sweat and toil have nurtured the grapes of this region, and in response, they offered him life. Due to this, it is often said that wine flows through the veins of these people. The grapes that "give birth" to the wine stopped being just an agricultural product a long time ago. Since man can remember, wine has been treated here as a "gift from the heavens, mother nature's tear and the source of life".
Peljesac is a fascinating destination for half - day or whole - day excursions from Dubrovnik, Korcula and other tourist centers. It has picturesque little towns and villages, a rich cultural and historical heritage, beautifully cultivated vineyards ( especially those precariously placed on the slopes of Dingac). It also has many fine wineries and wine cellars.
The best known wine tours to date are the Grgic winery in Trstenik, the Milos family winery and wine cellar in Ponikve, and the Bartulovic tavern and wine cellar in Prizdrina.
These excursions allow one to enjoy beautiful landscapes, the specialities of local cuisine, and the best Peljesac wines.
Many tourists who holiday on the Dubrovnik Riviera include Ston as a half - day excursion and are amazed by the 5 km long fortification walls, the locally cultivated mussels and other shell fish served in the restaurants, and can take home a small bag of salt from the centuries - old Ston salt pans as a souvenir.
Recently organized in Kuna is a visit to the donkey farm of the Antunovic family. Here visitors not only have an opportunity ride the donkeys but also can taste goat cheese and drink Dingac and other wines. Refreshment awaits them in the Bartulovic tavern in Prizdrina. Tourists can also enjoy the popular fish picnics in Loviste.
The best known excursions from Orebic are those to the island of Mljet and its National Park, Dubrovnik, Korcula and a tour of the Peljesac Riviera/archipelago with stops for swimming on the islands Badija aVrnik and in Lumbarda.
Local tourist offices on Peljesac occasionally organize Excursions to Dubrovnik, Mostar, Medugorje and the Neretva Delta.