Ston and Mali Ston
Ston and Mali Ston Reviews
Undervisited Treasures! May 28, 2007
Ston and it's neighbor Mali Ston are about an hour drive from Dubrovnik, located on the Peljesac peninsula. There are no big tourist resorts in this area but the history and breathtaking views are worth the drive alone. Not to mention the largest fortified wall in Europe and at the time of completion, second in size only to the Great Wall of China!
Mali Ston was founded in 1335 as part of the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Basically, it's purpose was a defensive town. The Fortress of Koruna rises above the village and is visible for some distance. The port of Mali Ston was completed in 1490 and has some similarities to the port of Dubrovnik with three arsenals, the round tower, and the fortified port gate with a Romanesque statue of St. Blaise.
Just southwest of Mali Ston is the larger village of Ston which is connected by the large fortress wall which circles the village, up to the hilltop and Pozvizd Fortress. Following the lines of the isthmus, the walls meet Mali Ston. Ston was walled around the same time as Mali Ston but evidence suggests settlement back as early as prehistoric times. Later it became a center for salt mining, still continuing today.
When in Ston, make sure to wander around the salt mines and you obviously cannot miss the fortress walls. The village is very small with basically one main walk street. Definitely bring cash as these are small little restaurants and bars, most do not take credit cards as we found out! People are friendly and most spoke fairly good English.
Then walk down across the street to Mali Ston and check out the oyster and mussel farms that decorate the bay. If you like seafood, this is said the be the best place in Croatia to get it. Rumor has it that Italy even imports seafood from this region in Croatia!
If you are not part of a tour headed to Ston and Mali Ston, Dubrovnik offers bus service between the two areas.
Part of the Croatia (May 2007) travel blog
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