Orebic is the largest town on the Pelješac peninsula. It is located on the south-western part of the peninsula, right beneath Mount St. Eliah and across the sea from the town of Korcula. You could say it has a perfect position.
Orebic central settlement developed in the 15th century and was named after the family who restored the castle inside the fortified settlement in 1586.
It is very proud of their rich maritime tradition. In the 17th century ships from Peljesac were an important part of Dubrovnik merchant fleet. Shipowning families become richer and invest in joint ships. In 1865.g. the Peljesac Maritime Society (Associazione di Marittima Sabioncello) was established. Company culminating in 1873 when it had 90 sailing vessels with total tonnage of 45000t with 2000 sailors, of which 250 captains who sailed through all the world's seas. This maritime history is visible at every step of this beautiful place. Many of the old captain's houses were renovated in the last decades. There is also Maritime Museum in Orebic, which remind visitors of glory days when sailing ships from Orebic sailed all the world's seas. High above Orebic, there is an old cemetery, along with the church from the XV. century and a Franciscan monastery of Our Lady of Angels. This stunning Gothic-Renaissance church was built on a ridge 152 m above the sea overlooking the town of Orebić and Pelješac channel with Korcula and nearby smaller islands.
Large part of Orebić's natural beauty comes from the contrast between the crystal clean sea and raw beauty of the St. Eliah Mountain that watches over the town. Mountain St. Eliah will win you over with it's stone abstraction and the unexpected richness of color. The top provides spectacular view of Dalmatia with it's countless islands.
Orebić is today a modern tourist center. One of the most important industries in the region, along with tourism, are olives and wine. It should be noted that in the area of Orebić are two of the most and the best locations for growing the best Croatian grape, Plavac Mali - Dingač and Postup.
If you would like to take a walk through history of Orebić and its maritime tradition, or climb the top of St. Eliah accompanied by a licensed guide please contact us.