The unparalleled Pelješac is located on Croatia’s southern coast and is the second-largest peninsula behind Istria. Halfway between Split and Dubrovnik, Pelješac narrowly runs from the town of Ston to the top of Cape Lovište and is 65 kilometers long (or 80 nautical miles). And thanks to a dynamic Mediterranean climate, it protects Croatia’s most precious liquid - wine.
Did you know that Croatia has 444 protected areas, making up 9% of the entire country? And in addition to Croatia’s popular national parks, which you’re likely familiar with, Croatia packs a punch with even more unparalleled beauty? As if the entire Croatian coast wasn’t already a natural wonder, the country is decorated with parcels of protected land that honor the even more pristine pieces of Croatian territory - nature parks.
Just 14.5 nautical miles and about 27 kilometers from Dubrovnik is the magical Mljet, the southernmost of the largest Adriatic islands which runs parallel to the eastern half of the Pelješac peninsula. Stretching an impressive 100 sqm, Mljet is honored as Croatia’s ‘green island’, and not without good reason - over two-thirds of the island is carpeted by dense forest, the northwestern half of which has been named a national park! But we will get more into that later.
Located west of the captivating walls of Dubrovnik, you’ll encounter the enchanting Elaphiti, a group of islands that decorate Dubrovnik’s coast. Owing its name to the Ancient Greek word for ‘deer’ (elaphos), this archipelago abounds in ragged reefs, sharp cliffs, and breathtaking seascapes with some of the Adriatic’s most stunning settings.