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  • Walking the wall towards the top ....
    Walking the wall towards the top ....
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    beautiful views from above !!!
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    Small medieval village

    by jlanza29 Written Feb 14, 2014
    beautiful medieval village

    If you have never been to France or deep Germany …. then take a moment and walk around this classic and beautiful medieval village of Ston. You can walk the entire Village in a matter of 30 minutes. Just admire and enjoy your in a different part of the world. Just beautiful and well worth the walk to see how this village is more than 500 years old.

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    The defensive walls of Ston

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 20, 2013
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    The main attraction of Ston are the defensive walls that surround the city.

    Admission price is 30 kunas and it took us about an hour to walk all the way to the top with several stops to take great photo's.

    The Walls of Ston are a series of defensive stone walls, originally more than 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, that surrounded and protected the city of Ston, in Dalmatia, part of the Republic of Ragusa, in what is now southern Croatia.

    The Walls of Ston were known as the "European wall of China".

    Despite being well protected by massive city walls, the Republic of Ragusa used Pelješac to build another line of defense. At its narrowest point, just before it joins the mainland, a wall was built from Ston to Mali Ston. Throughout the era of the Republic, the walls were maintained and renovated once they meant to protect the precious salt pans that contributed to Dubrovnik's wealth, which are still being worked today.

    Demolition work began on the walls following the fall of the Republic. Later the Austrian authorities took materials away from the wall to build schools and community buildings, and also for a triumphal arch on the occasion of the visit by the Austrian Emperor in 1884. The wall around Mali Ston was demolished with the excuse that it was damaging the health of the people. The demolition was halted after World War II.

    The city plan of Dubrovnik was used as a model for Ston, but since Ston was built on prepared terrain, that model was more closely followed than Dubrovnik itself. In terms of infrastructure like water mains and sewers built in 1581, Ston was remarkably unique in Europe.

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    Salt Mines

    by solopes Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    The only salt mines that we saw in Croatia were located in Ston.

    Maybe taking advantage of the shallow waters and plane land, they compose a geometric complement to the views from the walls.

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    Walls... of course

    by solopes Updated Dec 7, 2012

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    Distracted by the beauties of Peljesac coast, we suddenly arrive to a small town, with a long wall perched in the hills. More than 5 km long, these remains of Ragusa republic are an invitation - and a health test.

    I passed the test, climbing to the top, where the award is... good views, and the pleasure to fell in good condition.

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    The Coast

    by solopes Updated Dec 7, 2012

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    Did I tell you something about Peljesac coast? No? Well... (Caught you! You didn't read my other Croatian tips...).

    Briefly I say... its a photographer's paradise at sunset, and it has... Ston's walls to climb.

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    SEA SALT FARM

    by edwis Written Aug 7, 2010

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    , Joan and I drove by car to the nearby village of Ston, which has a stone wall circling the hills second in length to the Great Wall of China. Strings that are used to farm mussels fill the water of Ston’s inlet, and a salt works is still functioning, distilling the densely salted sea water into industrial-grade salt. The salt works is largest in the Mediterrean region and contains several ponds processing the same way for hundreds and hundreds of years.
    Admission is $1.76 USD!, but worth every penny of it....

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    Walk the Great Wall to Mali Ston.

    by edwis Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Joan and I drove by car to the nearby village of Ston, which has a stone wall circling the hills second in length to the Great Wall of China. Strings that are used to farm mussels fill the water of Ston’s inlet, and a salt works is still functioning, distilling the densely salted sea water into industrial-grade salt. The wall, which was built in only 18 months during the 1300's, was needed to keep out invaders who came for the valuable salt, unavailable throughout much of Europe. Joan walked the wall, whose stone steps seemed to ascend at about a 45-degree angle, dipped into a valley and again ascended to Mali Ston (Little Ston) and back. Upon her return 2 hours later, the ticket agent was so amazed he gave her a gift book of the region!

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    Pelješac Peninsula

    by GeoV Written Mar 22, 2010
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    The Dalmatian Coast is famed for its islands and if you're not actually visiting one - maybe you're based in Dubrovnik, for instance - Pelješac, joined to the mainland only be a narrow neck of land, is the next best thing. And, of course, you have access from the peninsula to an island: Korčula (and the fascinating town of the same name). But it is worth spending a little time exploring Pelješac, especially at quieter periods of the year and, better still, staying there. The north coast around Drače is low lying and looks across to the Croatian mainland (with a few small islands in between). It can be very peaceful but the nightingales singing in the Spring could keep you awake at night! (There was one in the bushes behind our apartment and others in the gardens of the properties on either side.)
    The south coast can be more dramatic, around Trstenik or as you approach Orebić, for instance. Orebić itself is not very big and, maybe if you have a little time waiting for the Korčula ferry, is worth a little exploration for its sea captains' house and lanes. There are further little bays beyond Orebić with some striking mountain scenery towards Kučište - which, again, has sea captains' houses and the delightful little Holy Trinity church of 1752.
    These are just a few thoughts about the peninsula: there are many more bays, villages and viewpoints to be found with a leisurely exploration.

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    Janjetina

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    When you walk down, you will get another kind of reward if you happen to find on the main place of Ston, a restaurant grilling a lamb (janjetina). That is what we were lucky enough to get. And the chef had got a gorgious pair of moustaches! (photo 1)

    I highly recommend tasting janjetina (photo 2). It is delicious ! It cooks slowly, several hours. We had seen it before we were to climb the wall and we feared that none would be left when we would come back. Actually, when we came back it was not completely cooked yet !

    As these photos were taken in 1990, I felt that I could not build a restaurant tip. In 2009, I did not find the restaurant where we had janjetina. It seems to have closed.

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    The great Ston wall

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    The great Ston wall

    Locals claim that the great Ston wall is almost equal to China’s great wall but this is pure bragging as it is a thousand time shorter! Nevertheless climbing along the great Ston stonewall by a hot afternoon of August is a challenge. The reward will be a magnificent landscape. However, if you can, you would better advise to make that trip in the morning !

    The wall is dotted with10 round and 31 rectangular towers. It was an important fort for the Republic of Raguse (Dubrovnik). It is 5.5 km long and is likely to be the longestfortification in Europe. It was built in 1333 to protect the salt fields that were a source of income for Raguse.

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    The Great Wall of Ston

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Apr 3, 2008

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    The Walls of Ston

    Until I arrived in this little town, I had no idea that there were walls anywhere in the world that might be compared to the Great Wall of Chine. Ston, however, has such walls and they are second in the world to those of China.

    They can be seen from quite a distance as you approach the area (not sure, though, if they can be seen from space).

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    Local walks

    by karentids Written Sep 27, 2006

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    There are lots of walk (apart from the wall). One favourite was to a tiny hamlet farming community - Cesvnica. We replenished our water bottles at the local fountain which must have been there for centuries, a lovely antique feature. Talking, (no communicated - not much English spoken here) to a local guy he told us the water was fresh from the mountain, the very best, and we could not agree more.

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    Salt works

    by JLBG Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    Here we are ! If you did it, you will be rewarded by this magnificent landscape on the salt works. It would have been a good idea to bring something to drink, what we did not. You are warned, do not forget !

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