The town of Orebić, peninsula of Pelješac in Croatia
|Orebić is a balneal small station which was the place of residence of many captains to the retirement, who were made build the vast ones and elegant residences baroques with the luxuriant gardens. During centuries, several generations of families of sailors thus provided (and provide still) excellent captains to sailing ships, steamers, then with engine, of which some were built in the shipyards of Orebić.|
|The walk of the sea front led, along the old residences of the captains, in the shade of palm trees centenaries and of the tamarisk, until the charming beach of Trstenica.|
Whereas Korčula remained during nearly 800 years under the domination of Venice, Pelješac, it, belonged to the Republic of Raguse. Architecture is thus not also rich there and most the oldest constructions of Orebić are hardly former to the 18th century (and are thus in style baroque).
|Orebić is located at 64 km of Ston, with the southern point of the peninsula of Pelješac, at the bottom of mount Saint Elias (Sveti Ilija) (961 m), highest of Pelješac.|
Orebić faces the island of Korčula.
|The descent towards Orebić is one of most spectacular of Dalmatia. One leaves a mountainous area and wooded to approach a cliff road offering a superb panorama.|
|The Maritime Museum (Pomorskl muzej)|
|Founded in 1957, the Museum of the Navy exposes an interesting archaeological collection which is characterized by its models from ships, paintings of sailing ships, documents of time and portraits of captains who recall the history of the local navy, the dynasties of ship-owners and captains of the city.|
Visit: the every day except Sunday, of 8:00 to 12:00; and also the evening, of 18:00 to 21:00 in season. Closed the weekend in winter.
Paying entry: 5 kunas.
Addresses: Trg Mimberi
|The Franciscan Monastery Our-Lady-of-Angels (Gospa Od Anđela)|
|While taking towards the west towards Lovište, on the main roads, to the exit of Orebić, before the hotels, a road on the right assembles to the Franciscan monastery Our-Lady-of-Angels (Gospa Od Anđela).|
On the covered heights of fir trees and cypress, draws up a founded Franciscan monastery at the 15th century (1475) and containing some beautiful works of Italian artists of the time and interesting votive tables. Inside the monastery a small museum is in which ex-votos (17th at the 19th century) and the church of Our-Lady-of-Angels are exposed. In the vault, the table of Our-Lady-of-Angels, protective from the sailors, comes from Kotor, in Montenegro.
The monastery is dedicated to the sailors and its museum contains ex-votos to entreat the dangers of the sea. In the vicinity the cemetery of the captains is. When ships pass downwards, the habit wants that they actuate their siren to greet Our-Lady-of-Angels.
But it is especially the sight, since a small loggia baroque, which deserves the turning: it relates on the channel, but also to Korčula and part of the other islands of the archipelago.
One can on foot assemble (1 km, 15 min) but recently there is a new carpark where one finds place to park oneself.
Free access with the church and the cloister.
Museum: 9:00 at 12:00 and 16:00 at 19:00
Paying entry: 5 kunas.
|Excursions in the Mountain|
|For the rise of the mount Saint Elias (Sveti Ilija), to leave Orebić towards the north and the hamlet of Urkunići. From there, to count 2:00 of rise.|
Another possibility is to follow the road of Lovište. After having left the coast and having reached the plate, a concrete hut, with a fork, the beginning of a track marks towards the abandoned village of Gornja Nakovana. From there, a path parallel at the coast leads to the top in 2:45.
Superb sight since the top.
|The city has, as of the 16th century, thrived around the shipyards. She also benefited from the maritime trade at the 18th century. During the golden age of the port, the local merchants founded their own company of navigation, which counted 33 ships.|
|Weather and forecasts|
|Orebić is the town of arrival of the ferry coming from Korčula, which is just opposite.|
In less than fifteen minutes, the vat deposits cars and passengers on the quays of Orebić.