Peljesac - info
Peljesac is situated in southern Dalmatia between Neretva bay in the north and Mali Ston bay eastward (between which is so called Little Sea). Mljet channel is south of Peljesac, and Peljesac channel on the western side.
Through history it was called The Point of Ston (lat. Puncta Stagni, tal. Ponta di Stagno).
The modern name Peljesac is new, after a same named hill above Orebic. Several centuries back it used to be called Sabioncello in Italian.
It is the second largest Peninsula in the Adriatic after the peninsula of Istria.
Peljesac is 65 km long and is 348 km2 in surface. It is connected with mainland by 1450 m narrow Stonska Prevlaka. This peace of land devides Mali Ston and Ston channels, which are bays in fact but called channels.
Prevlaka is mostly sandy, probably created by sea sand sedimentation , which means that Peljesac used to be an island.
There are fertile valleys and rocky hills in Peljesac, the highest of them is St. Ilija, 961 m high.
Peljesac is surrounded by numerous islands and islets. Most of them are north, in the bay of ports Drace and Brijesta.
The climate is mild Mediterranean. Northeastern parts of the island are cool and dry because of the wind "bura", while southwesterna are warmer and more humid thanks to "jugo". The average temperature in January is 7oC, 26oC in July. It belongs to Dubrovacko-neretvanska county, with local centres in Orebic, Ston, Trpanj and Janjina.
About 9000 people inhabit the peninsula. Main industries are olive and wine growing, fishing and tourism.
There is one main road connecting it to the mainland. Ferries are available in Trpanj - Ploce, Orebic - Korcula, Prapratno - Mljet.
Each town on the peninsula offers high quality hospitality with very reasonable prices. The usual charge is 10 to 15 Euros per person per night, depending on season and location.