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Viganj (Croatia, South Dalmatia, Pelješac riviera)
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Viganj

Viganj

Position

Viganj is located in a large bay, west of promontory St. Liberan. Promontory Saint John, as the west boundary of Viganj and place were Pelješac channel ends, with old church of same name on top of the hill, offers a unique view and unforgettable sunsets. At northeast of Viganj is located St. Elijah (961m), a popular destination for mountain excursions.

History

Viganj was first mentioned in land registry books from Republic of Dubrovnik in 1336th as Vigel and Vighen, although is much older origin.
Viganj existed as permanent settlement of local Illyrians. Unfortunately all of these remains were destroyed by modern buildings, and we can only imagine and presume the size and significance of this settlement. Probably it was a trading settlement where the local Illyrians traded with the Greeks from their colonies in Lumbarda on Korčula, as evidenced by the remains found in Nakovana.
With the arrival of the Romans, the fate of the Illyrian settlements in Viganj probably followed the fate of the other Illyrians in the area.
Until the Dubrovnik authorities came on power in year 1333, Viganj has generally followed the fate of the rest of Pelješac, where was exchanged ruling of different government entity and nobles. Because of the distance from Dubrovnik, and to protect their property, in year1336 a group of twenty noblemen decided to built a fortress or city in Viganj. This attempt, however, was never realized.
With maritime development in the world, from the early 17th c. Viganj is experiencing the biggest blooming in the history.
Apart of the ships with the flag of Dubrovnik, males from Viganj sailed at the Venetian, Austrian, Russian, French, Spanish and English ships. Over time, they becomed wealthier and wealthier, and they start to builld magnificent captain’s houses.
Maritime disaster on the Pelješac peninsula caused general crisis and a wave of migration. So most of the Viganj inhabitants emigrated to foreign countries like America, Australia and New Zealand. From that time until the boom of tourism Viganj largely stagnated.
With the development of tourism, especially of windsurfing, Viganj may perceive the rise of the economy.

Viganj: What to do / What to see?

 
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Indulgence and fun

Sun and wine were always connected, and in particularly the vineyards on the southern slopes of the Pelješac peninsula.
Growers and winemakers of Pelješac have produced famous wines, which made the name of Pelješac well known in the world.
Summer is always interesting when festivals are taking place on open air organized by locals with live band or "klapa" accompanied with fish and wine. In the winter time traditionally is organized, locally famous, Carnival celebration. Viganj has many taverns and bars and mostly are located on the beach or at seaside. During summer time, bars organize many parties and live music nights. Gastronomic offer is diverse and rich.

Sports and recreation

Today, Viganj is best-known for its offering in active tourism, surfing and kiting.
The mistral wind in this region has created a miracle and a top Croatian destination for surfers.