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.
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Food and drink in Orebić
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.