Largest Defensive Walls, Salt Pans, and Mussel Farms

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Fort walls

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Our first stop on the tour was the town of Ston which is a small town and municapllity in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county of Croatia, located just south of the isthmus of the Peljesac peninsula.  Ston was a previous military fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls are incredible.  They are medieval architecture, 890 meters long town wall and a 5km Great Wall outside of town.  These walls extend to the Mali Ston ("Little Ston") which is a smaller town on the northern side of the isthmus and at the end of the Gulf of Mali Ston.

Cheers!
 

One of the first attractions we saw in the town was the saltworks which were protected by the over 3 mile long wall during the 12th to 19th centuries.  These salt pans are a vital source of income still and were highly coveted by the Republic of Dubrovnik and the Ottoman Empire.

When we arrived in Ston, it was POURING rain and pretty chilly for the end of May.  We opted to take a quick peek at the salt mines since it was pretty flooded to wander through there and find a bar where we could try Croatian beer.  Priorities, I know! We passed this somewhat crazy lady who was trying to tell bad American jokes and opted to continue on down the way.  It was a very small town and trying to find one of the few bars/cafes that took credit cards was proving impossible.  We finally found one but he did not speak English very well and tried to figure out the conversion rate which was hilarious.

Mali Ston
  Finally he just cut us a deal on 4 beers and a couple glasses to take home.  This was truly a locals place and everyone sorta looked at us like we were crazy but oh well, I am pretty much used to that! :D

Mali Ston

We walked over to Mali Ston in order to have lunch and get a tour of the mussel farming that takes place in the local bay.  By now, the weather was clearing up a bit and you could see the fort walls a little better back into Ston.  We took a quick boat ride and then it was off to the Taverna to enjoy fresh seafood and local wines.  Wine?!?! Did someone say wine?!?! :D  I quickly figured out that is one of the things I loved about excursions with lunch......the wine was free flowing and pretty good as well. 

Anyways, it was pretty much all you can eat and lunch consisted of raw oysters, raw mussels, calamari, small fish, and other seafood appetizers.  Ended up sitting across from a number of California people which surprised me.  The couple next to me were from Rocklin which is about a 30 minute drive across town from me.  Amazing to travel around the world and wind up next to people from your own backyard! Lunch was very yummy and even better since a number of people at the table do not like raw seafood so my ex and I feasted on oysters and mussels.  Raw mussels are not commonly found here in the States but I have had them once before and these were obviously much better and fresher. 

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Fort walls
Fort walls
Cheers!
Cheers!
Mali Ston
Mali Ston
Ston
Ston
The lovely storm!
The lovely storm!
The salt pans
The salt pans
Main street in Ston
Main street in Ston
Croatian Beer...pretty good!
Croatian Beer...pretty good!
Mali Ston
Mali Ston
Taverna where we ate lunch
Taverna where we ate lunch
Our boat
Our boat
Mmmmm.....lunch!!
Mmmmm.....lunch!!
View from the dock
View from the dock
Looking back into Ston
Looking back into Ston
Another partial view of the wall
Another partial view of the wall
A less crowded view of the Taverna
A less crowded view of the Taverna
Mali Ston harbor
Mali Ston "harbor"
View back into Ston from across th…
View back into Ston from across t…
Closer view of Ston
Closer view of Ston
The mussel farms
The mussel farms
Main walk in Mali Ston
Main walk in Mali Ston
One of the restaurants along the w…
One of the restaurants along the …
Mansion across the bay
Mansion across the bay
View as you leave Ston
View as you leave Ston
The best pic I could get of the bi…
The best pic I could get of the b…
Mussel and Oyster farms
Mussel and Oyster farms
Mussel and Oyster farms
Mussel and Oyster farms
Another view of the mussel farms
Another view of the mussel farms
Another view of Ston
Another view of Ston
The Taverna interior
The Taverna interior
Weve been trying to get this vodk…
We've been trying to get this vod…
Outside the restaurant
Outside the restaurant
Another view outside of the Taverna
Another view outside of the Taverna
Part of the fort along Mali Ston s…
Part of the fort along Mali Ston …
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