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Last updated: 23 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Jane Foster

Mali Ston is famed throughout Croatia for its fresh oysters and mussels, served at restaurants overlooking the sheltered bay where the shellfish are grown. The village is made up of traditional Dalmatian stone cottages and makes a great day trip from Dubrovnik.

Above Mali Ston is the sister village of Ston, whose renovated fortified medieval walls, stretch a remarkable 5.5km across the isthmus and link the two villages.

The little-visited peninsula that reaches out from Ston is home to some of Croatia’s finest beaches.

Head for nearby Prapratno Cove or the village of Zuljana at the end of the peninsula, whose stunning beach is great for swimming

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 4

Getting there & doing it

Mali Ston lies a pleasant 45-minute drive up the coast from Dubrovnik. All bus services between Dubrovnik and Korcula stop at Ston and Mali Ston. It’s worth getting off at Ston and enjoying the stunning walk down the hillside to Mali Ston.

When to do it

The seafood restaurants at Mali Ston are open all year round for lunch and dinner, with boat trips out to the oyster farms taking place even in the winter months, unless the weather is particularly bad.

The best time to harvest oysters (and thus to visit) is March, when they are at their tastiest and plumpest. The annual Oyster Festival takes place in the town annually on March 21st.

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Peljesac Wine & Ston Oysters PRIVATE HALF DAY SHORE TOUR


Peljesac Wine & Ston Oysters PRIVATE HALF DAY SHORE TOUR
Croatia’s second longest peninsula Peljesac is famous for its red wine based on Plavac Mali wine sort (cousin of Californian Zinfandel), delicious oysters and mussels growing in the brackish waters of Mali Ston bay, Ston city walls and its salt pans. Lays less than an hour drive from the city of Dubrovnik. We are doing this tour for years and our guests absolutely adore our fisherman friend Mario, and unique experience of being alone in the bay at our fisherman's oyster beds and tasting best oysters in Mali Ston right from the sea. You'll enjoy: - Walking tour of Ston – Gothic medieval town, surrounded by 6 kilometres of city walls and its famous 14. salt pans. - Private boat ride with local fisherman to his oyster beds followed by 5 oyster tasting on site - wine-tasting in a local boutique winery – great wine and organic olive oil tasting All accompanied by experience local English speaking drive/guide. Chance for a lunch or dinner in some of well known Ston restaurants.

Price: €258

Min age: 18

Rating 5 / 5 [7 ratings]

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Peljesac Vineyards & Oysters - Private Day Trip from Dubrovnik-Mercedes Vehicle


Peljesac Vineyards & Oysters - Private Day Trip from Dubrovnik-Mercedes Vehicle
Perfect for wine lovers who are interested in learning about wines from the Southern Dalmatian region, this private Peljesac excursion explores one of the most famous Croatian wine regions. Visiting Peljesac Peninsula allows for the opportunity to meet friendly wine producers, with a tour of a vineyard and several wine cellars, and allows for an exclusive look inside the production of authentic wines. Additional Services such as oyster farms, or wineries must be paid additionally and scheduled in advance. Please let us know what you would like to include in your excursion. The excursion is carried out with one of our luxury Mercedes sedans or Mercedes vans.

Price: €542

Min age: 0

Rating 5 / 5 [6 ratings]

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