Top 5 Pelješac: Best Beaches on Pelješac
We continue our best beaches series with Pelješac, our famous wine region and a peninsula in the south of Croatia in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county.
The Pelješac peninsula is the second largest in Croatia, ranging around 70 kilometers long. The peninsula connects with the Croatian mainland at Ston, with the Pelješac channel dividing the peninsula from the island of Korčula.
An area that remains still raw in nature, standing amongst commercial and urban values, here are our top 5 beaches for this picturesque peninsula.
Žuljana: Located on the southern coast of the Pelješac peninsula is Žuljana Bay. A truly stunning bay with a seaside village of the same name, Žuljana inhabits roughly 200 people year round. With one of the largest pebbled beaches on the Adriatic, Žuljana boasts a crystal clear sea kept clean due to strong wind currents, making this bay perfect for diving, snorkeling, and spearfishing. The beach itself is shallow, so children and families are welcome, although beach facilities are sparse and much of what you need will be found within the village itself. The perfect beach for the ultimate chill and relaxation with a crisp glass of wine, Žuljana can be reached by Dubrava on the peninsula’s main road, or by a coastal road from Trstenik.
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Podobuće: A small fishing village that is located 12 kilometers from the town of Orebić, Podobuće is located on the south slopes of the peninsula, with a quiet and clean small beach. The village has around a dozen family homes, with a beach centrally located that stretches around like a half moon. With fine pebbles and a bay protected by the wind, this beach is particularly suited for children, families, and the elderly. In the vicinity of Podobuće there are few smaller beaches and even one suited for nudists in case you’re looking for a bit more privacy. Because there is no shade at this beach, bring an umbrella or something to protect you from the sun, and definitely bring drinks and snacks as the nearest grocery store is in Orebić. The village itself does have a few konobas if you’re interested in some refreshments.
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Jezero: Jezero, which in Croatian means “lake”, is located around a kilometer away from the village of Duba and not far from Trpanj. Jezero is a combination of sand and pebbles with a clear sea and shallow waters. The name of Jezero beach actually comes from the fact that a small lake exists between the beach and the mountain behind it. The entrance to the sea is not too steep or abrupt, but it may be easiest (and most beautiful) to enter Jezero by boat from Duba. Due to its peaceful isolation, there are really no facilities (or shade), so plan to bring drinks, snacks, and beach supplies.
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Divna: Located not far from Jezero and in the northern shores of Pelješac we have Divna, situated in the bay of Duba and about 10 kilometers from Trpanj. Divna beach is a combination of sand and gravel, with a sea boasting bright greens and blues. The beach itself is around 200 meters long with a few houses and campsites in the area. Due to the campsites there are some facilities, and you can park at the camping grounds at Divna for a small daily fee. It’s wise to bring your own food and drinks for a beach day here, and although some natural shade is provided, an umbrella is recommended. One of the best parts about Divna is that a small uninhabited island is just a few meters swimming distance from the beach!
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Prapratno: A small bay located around 3 kilometers west from Ston, Prapatno is simple to find due to its proximity to where the peninsula joins the mainland – and it is also the ferry port for Mljet island. Prapratno bay is south facing – a sandy beach that is 300 meters long, surrounded by rocky coasts on both sides. Well protected from the winds, the sea is crystal and the water is shallow, making it great for children and families. There are facilities as a campsite is located near the beach, and a small cafe bar and restaurant is located above the bay. Although there are some pine and olive trees to give you shade, an umbrella is always a good idea.
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