0 Love It
Save it

Orebić travel guide

Read our Orebić travel guide to discover the best things to do, and insider's tips on sights, activities, eating and drinking...

© Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out

Orebić is the principal town of the Pelješac, a rugged, unspoilt, 90km-long peninsula made up of rocky ridges that twist their way above the sea. Pelješac also boasts famously fine wines, long shingle beaches and, most of all, the best mussels and oysters in Croatia. Standing opposite the island of Korčula (to which it is connected by frequent ferry), Orebić is both an ideal base for exploration and a relaxing beach resort in its own right. A major trading centre in the 19th century, Orebić is filled with grand villas festooned with greenery, many of which were built by the sea captains and ship owners whose Orebić-based vessels plied the seas. There are some fine shingle beaches in Orebić itself, and several more spread out along the coast to both east and west. It’s a  stretch of shore that’s a paradise for campers, with a string of sites set out along the coast, most of with enjoy direct access to one beach or another. The village of Viganj, west of Orebić, is arguably the best place in Croatia for windsurfing; giving Pelješac a youthful edge that nearby Korčula sometimes lacks. As well as the highly-prized vineyards that drape the peninsula’s southern side, the Orebić area is also graced with some hauntingly rustic stone villages and excellent bay-hugging beaches.

Heading to Orebić?

Orebić guide
Things to do

Orebić guide

Orebić has hotels and restaurants and more to pack into a weekend. Here's our guide.

The Pelješac peninsula
Things to do

The Pelješac peninsula

Pelješac peninsula: the lowdown.

Orebić travel guide
Things to do

Orebić travel guide

Getting there and around in Orebić.

Food and drink in Orebić

Korčula and Pelješac gourmet tour
Restaurants

Korčula and Pelješac gourmet tour

Take a culinary tour through Korčula and Pelješac.

Korta Katarina Winery
Bars and pubs

Korta Katarina Winery

Set up in 2006 by Lee R. Anderson, an American entrepreneur who fell in love with the Croatian coast, Korta Katarina has quickly established itself as one of the highest-rated local wineries. Their current HQ occupies a newly opened building (part of which is earmarked as a luxury hotel) on the eastern outskirts of Orebić. The shop just inside the gate sells Korta Katarina’s Plavac (made from Dingač and Postup grapes), Rose, and highly popular white Pošip made with grapes from Korčula just over the water. You can also book a tour round the cellars, followed by a tasting session in the Neo-gothic function room. The Korta is planning to open a wine bar and bistro at this location, hopefully in time for summer 2014. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Tri Palme
Restaurants

Tri Palme

There are few better places to while away a warm Pelješac evening than the ‘Three Palms’, a welcoming wooden pavilion with remove-able canvas sides that sits right on the lip of Orebić’s small-boat harbour. A big wicker lobster pot hanging from the ceiling helps to set a jolly seafaring tone - although there’s also something of a pirate theme, with the staff clad in skull-and-crossbones T-shirts (and at least half of them sport black pointy beards). It’s a quality coffee-sipping spot during the daytime. Otherwise, silky red Dingač and Postup wines are available by the glass; the cocktail menu is dusted off in summer.

Skaramuča Winery
Bars and pubs

Skaramuča Winery

The family-run Skaramuča winery owns the biggest stretch of the vineyards that cover the slopes above Dingač village. They are also among the area’s most successful winemakers, producing a mid-price Plavac that is among the best bargains in Croatia, a more upmarket Plavac Premium, a supreme-quality Dingač, and a much-lauded Dingač Barrique. You can buy them all at outlet prices at the Skaramuča wine shop in Pijavično, a village on the main road from Orebić to Ston or in Viganj on the seafront road as you head out of the village towards Loviste. You can also book a tour of the vineyards themselves, which lie on the other side of the hill from Pijavično (they’re actually accessible through a famously spooky road tunnel from Potomje). A stone-built tasting pavilion near the top of the sloping vineyard provides visitors with sweeping views of the coast, and provides some idea of how much work is involved in harvesting these hillside-grown grapes. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Pelješac food overview
Restaurants

Pelješac food overview

Our essential guide to food and drink in Pelješac.

Where to stay in Orebić

Recommended Orebić hotels
Hotels

Recommended Orebić hotels

Orebić packs a decent selection of hotel options. Here's our guide to the best.

Hotel Orsan
Hotels

Hotel Orsan

About 1km west of central Orebić at the end of a lovely seaside path, Orsan offers prim, functional rooms and an enviable position above a secluded shingle beach. There’s a small outdoor pool, a kids’ play area, and and some nicely-tended palm trees in the garden; sea-kayaking is among the more popular activities on offer.  

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Hotel Bellevue
Hotels

Hotel Bellevue

A fairly standard representative of package-hotel architecture, the Bellevue is a trusty budget stand-by and boasts an excellent location, with the Orebić cypress reserve stretching uphill behind it and a trio of pebbly coves out front.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Comments

0 comments