4 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Ston

Ston and Mali Ston offer an authentic experience with years and years of history and tradition. The two towns are connected by the world-famous Ston Wall, which dates from the 14th century. Because of their location, towns quickly developed a substantial production of salt and seafood.

The beautiful medieval town of Ston is only 54 kilometers from Dubrovnik. It is well worth a visit if you want to witness Croatia’s idyllic countryside. During your visit, you can expect some amazing attractions and things to do.

We picked 4 reasons that will convince you to visit Ston.

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1. World-Famous Oysters

An oyster tasting is almost a must when visiting Ston. Since Roman times, oysters have been farmed at the bay of Mali Ston. They are famed for their distinct and clean taste. Mali Ston Bay has a unique mix of freshwater and saltwater. This is an important component that distinguishes our oysters across the world. There are 3 essential characteristics of Ston oysters: they’re decadent, luxurious, and an acquired taste. They are often regarded as the best natural aphrodisiac.

They react to any type of water contamination and that is why they are proof that the sea is exceptionally clean. Oysters are best served fresh from the sea, with a splash of lemon and eaten by hand. This unique oyster tasting paired with the local wine will revitalize your mind and soul.

FUN FACT: The Romans adored Mali Ston oysters, and Franz Josef, the former Austrian Emperor, was known to have boxes carried across to Austria from Mali Ston because he very much enjoyed them.

TIP: For the best experience in this region, hop on a boat and sail out to the beds, where one of the farmers will harvest, prepare and serve oysters as fresh as they can be. If you are a foodie, this is, for sure, going to be one of the experiences you’ll remember for life.

Peljesac and Ston Wine & Oyster Tasting

2. The Wall

The huge wall is probably Ston’s most significant attraction. It is one of Croatia’s most important structures, measuring around 5,500 meters in length. The construction of Ston’s great wall started in 1333, when the Republic of Dubrovnik purchased Ston and began constructing a system of defences that would protect the salt pans which contributed to the wealth of Dubrovnik. However, the fortification was not finished until 400 years later. This fortress had 3 forts, 7 bastions, and 41 towers, some of which are still well-preserved, in addition to the foundation walls.

You may now visit the reconstructed fortification wall and stroll along a large section of it. There is a breathtaking trail that takes you from Ston to Mali Ston (or vice versa). You will enjoy a spectacular view of the ancient old towns, the turquoise sea and the salt lakes.

FUN FACT: The walls are substantially longer than those of their better known neighbour, Dubrovnik. In fact, they are 2nd in lenght to the Great Wall of China. This makes them Europe’s longest defensive structure: they are called the “European Walls of China”.

TIP: On our tour you will have a chance to climb the Walls if you want to since there will be plenty of free time for you to explore this charming town.

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3. The Salt Pans

Ston saltworks are among the oldest and finest maintained in the Mediterranean. It is, without doubt, another must-see attraction. The tradition of producing salt stretches back to the Middle Ages. As a result, for the last 4000 years, Ston has played a key role in salt distribution across Europe.

Salt was crucial to the Republic of Dubrovnik, accounting for 1/3 of its revenue in the 14th century. It was as valuable as gold at the time, and 1kg salt equaled 1kg gold.

The basic process of production hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages: the pans fill with saltwater, which evaporates in the summer heat, leaving a salt residue that is shovelled by hands into barrows.

FUN FACT: The salt was stored in the back of the ponds, with two keys to access the doors. Because the salt was so expensive, it was guarded 24 hours a day. Those who would try to steal it were punished by losing their hand.

TIP: There is a small museum “Solana Ston” where you can discover how sea salt is still produced using ancient salt production methods. Also, you can buy high quality sea salt right at the entrance of Solana Ston!

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4. Some of the Best Croatian Wines

Vineyards cover vast areas of the Pelješac peninsula, beginning at Ston and extending northwest to the outskirts of Orebić. The Pelješac peninsula location and its favorable Mediterranean climate have influenced the long tradition of winemaking and olive production. The Pelješac Peninsula produces some of the finest wine, and there are several wineries giving tours, tastings and breathtaking views of the valleys.

Mato Violić-Matuško is a well-known Croatian winemaker. His vineyards in Dingač produce Plavac mali grapes resulting in hearty red wines that are admired all over the world. This winemaker’s rock and roll image adds to the appeal of a visit to his enormous rustic style cellars or his hillside restaurant with stunning views of the Adriatic.

TIP: Visit wineries that are totally different from each other to taste all the flavors the region has to offer. On our Pelješac and Ston Wine & Oyster Tasting tour we visit Matuško and Edivo wineries where you’ll be able to taste some of the finest wines of this area. Plus, you’ll get to try the local delicacies such as olive oil and domestic cheese.

Peljesac and Ston Wine & Oyster Tasting

Ston area offers a diversified offer that may fulfill the demands of even the most demanding guests, whether for its natural beauty, cultural legacy, a crystal blue sea, or great wine and gastronomy. All of these attractions provide an amazing experience of a rich historical and cultural heritage as well as a welcoming local population.

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