Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Peljesac Peninsular - 12 September 2010

Breakfast coffee in Budva was a real treat, sitting on wicker-cane suite on the sea-front in the sunshine, admiring the old town. As the sun was now in the right place to photograph Sveti Stefan, we drove the short distance to admire it in the sunlight before tackling the long drive around the inlets and back to Croatia.

Our plan for the day was to head a short distance into Bosnia to see the famous Mostar Bridge. But the drive back took longer than expected, so we decided on a total change of plan, inspired by the amazing walls protecting the towns of Ston and Mali Ston, which we could see on the other side of the water, on the Peljesac Peninsular.

This three mile wall, complete with 41 towers, seven bastions and two forts, was the the largest fortification built in Europe in the 14th century. It's purpose was to protect these two salt producing towns. Salt was often equal to its weight in gold, and hence the walls. We were able to walk on the repaired walls (bombed in 1991 & damaged by an earthquake in 1996), and could have walked on the walls from one town to the other. Considering the terraine, it was a brilliant feat.

From here, we drove to the far end of the peninsular, to Orebic where the ferries leave for Korcula, the town in an island of the same name, where Marco Polo was born. We found a fabulous 4 star camp ground, and were able to get the last seafront campsite. The water was warm, crystal clear and very inviting.

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