Orebić itself with the population of over 3000 inhabitants is situated at the south – west point of the Pelješac Penisula at the foot of St. Ilija´s mountain. Once it was well known maritime settlement, the cradle of a number of sea captains and seafarers.
Numerous sea captains’ houses, the Maritime museum in the very center of the Orebić and the Museum in the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of our Lady of Angeles invite you to come and be acquainted with enchantment of this lovely countryside.
The Peljesac Penisula with its fertile and cultivable land, the sea abounding in fish attracted people even in prehistoric times. The first ones who could not resist coming to that fascinating peninsula were the Illyrian tribes. The witnesses to their having had settlements here are only some heaps of stones, as well as the Illyrian shrine – Spila, on the locality of the present hamlet of Nakovana. Even today it attracts people in the mystic way.
Not only the Illyrians but also the Greeks and the Romans could not resists settling down in the region of Peljesac. After the arrivals of the Slavs and the change of the rulers Pelješac finally found the peace in 1333 under the republic of Dubrovnik. Under the strong influence of the Dubrovnik merchant navy, the shipping trade was developing and continued its tradition after the fall of the aristocratic Dubrovnik Republic by founding the Pelješac Martime Society during the region of the Austrian Monarchy.
Poor soil, beneficial Dalmatian sun and hard work of diligent people from Pelješac enable wine and grapes to produce abundant bunches the ones that are traditionally used to make the best known Croatian red wines originating from the Pelješac peninsula: “Postup”, “Dingac”, “Plavac”, Peljesac”.
Bordering with counties of South and Central Dalmatia
cca.2600 hrs. per year
Sv. Ilija (961m)