Sample Croatia's best wines
There’s no shortage of excellent food and welcoming service in Orebic. All along the seafront are rustic Dalmatian-style pubs and restaurants – also known as konobas. Whether you fancy squid and sea bass or traditionally-cooked wood-fired steak, you’ll be guaranteed an exquisite meal.
Once you’ve eaten, soak up traditional Croatian hospitality in the bars. Holidays in Orebic aren’t complete without trying the local wines, premium beers and stronger spirits like grappa, a regional type of brandy. What the peninsula is most famous for, however, is its vineyards. Some of Croatia’s best wine is made in this region, so book onto a tour of a local vineyard to see how it’s made (and how it tastes). Dingac, Postup and Chardonnay are some of the best, as are the further-afield Plavac Mali grapes.
Take a hike...up St Elias Mountain
It’s impossible to miss St Elias Mountain on holidays in Orebic. At 961m high, it’s Pelješac’s highest peak and dominates the clear-blue skies. What you can’t see from a distance is that it’s covered in Mediterranean plants and lush greenery. It takes around four hours to reach the top and there are varying paths to follow – it’s well worth the trek.
If you’re not up for a strenuous walk, there are plenty of trails around the base of the mountain, leading you to interesting villages and scenic spots. If you do make it to the top, you’ll be richly rewarded: the panoramic views over the Adriatic and the peninsula are some of the best in the country.
Get on your bike
If you prefer travelling on two wheels to two feet, think about hiring a bike and exploring the countryside from the saddle. Smooth roads will take you along the coast, through aromatic-smelling olive groves, and past rustic villages and abandoned homesteads. Exploring the Pelješac Peninsula by bike gives you the speed and freedom to dip in and out of the area’s most iconic attractions.
You can stop off at the Franciscan monastery, call in at famous vineyards and witness gorgeous natural scenes. If you prefer mountain-biking, there are many unpaved roads through the mountain to enjoy. In the summer heat, it’s best to rise as with the sun and get out before the balmy weather makes conditions tough.
Enjoy the serene Adriatic Sea
Whether you’re an advanced scuba diver or a first-timer, you’ll be able to enjoy the underwater delights of the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to its clear waters and calm waves, it’s an easy place to dive – and there are many different fish and fauna to experience.
In Orebic, you can explore the rocky seabed and reefs, immersing yourself into an underwater world that teems with marine life. For those who prefer to be on top of the water, try your hand at surfing. For both professional and amateur surfers, the nearby locations of Viganj and Kucište are heaven on earth. A strong wind blows through the Pelješac canal, creating waves that surfers all over the world crave. In fact, it’s a main reason why so many people take holidays to Orebic!
Relax on a sandy beach
Croatia is not generally known for its miles of sandy beaches – but Orebic is an exception. Trstenica is the town’s main beach, around a 15-minute walk from the harbour. It’s a mix of soft sands and pebbles that dip away into the azure blue sea. The water gradually and slowly gets deeper, so it’s perfect for families with young children. And thanks to a collection of cafes, restaurants and watersports schools, it’s popular throughout the year. It’s worth knowing ahead of time that if you walk far enough to one end, you’ll find yourself on a naturist section!
If you want a more secluded beach experience, jump on a short boat ride to Viganj, where you’ll find breezy pebble beaches that are loved by windsurfers.
Orebic is a rare Croatian jewel – from its translucent waters and sandy beach, to the majesty of St Elias Mountain and the abundance of vineyards. You can have a relaxing holiday here, spurred by great wines and indulgent meals, or spend your days cycling around the quiet roads or hiking up tranquil mountain paths. Whatever you do, you’ll be greeted with customary Croatian friendliness and gorgeous weather.