Peninsula Peljesac in Southern Dalmatia, Croatia by Rolly Rees
Peljesac is the only Dalmatian peninsula, and though not large, it has a rich heritage that makes it an ideal holiday destination. All of Peljesac is full of signs of past cultures. It's as if this elongated peninsula, consisting of alternating stony hills and fertile valleys, created the eternal flow of time that vibrates between sea and sky.
Peninsula Peljesac in Southern Dalmatia, extends between the river Neretva and Mali Ston Channels to the northeast, and the island Mljet and Peljesac Channels to the southwest. It is around 65 kms long and encompasses an area of 348 km2. Geologically, Cretaceous limestone predominates in the hills and dolomite in the longitudinal valleys, while Eocene strata cover the western part with its highest peak of 961 m.
Except for areas overgrown with pinewoods and Mediterranean vegetation, a significant portion is under olive groves, and even more under vineyards producing bigh-qualky red wines (famous Dingae and Postup). Orange and lemon groves are also present. Administratively it belongs to Dubrovnik Neretva County, with community seats in Orebic, Ston, Trpanj and Janjina. It has a total of 9,000 inhabitants. Peljesac is connected with the mainland and the main Adriatic coastal highway at Ston, and by boat from Orebic with Korcula, which then connects to Dubrovnik and Split. It also has ferry connections with Ploce, and from Orebic with Korcula and Mljet.
Heritage of Peljesac
When we get better acquainted with the area and its heritage we can see how human achievement is reflected in the local history. The villages and sacred ruins, as witnesses of the past, have a corresponding rhythm in the natural How of karst outcrops, earthen plains, gentle passes, and charming coves. Few areas are barren of prehistoric ruins; every accessible bay hides ancient remains. Churches and villages, occupying hilltops and hillsides, lie along the subtle flow of old paths which later became faster roads. At every point of interest, within view of every curious traveler, these marks of the past persist, established by each' period in its own way.
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