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Viganj (Croatia // South Dalmatia // Pelješac riviera)

Wine Route of Peljesac
The Illyrians ruled Pelješac 2500 years ago and in the Illyrian cave in Nakovanj near the Northern tip of the Peninsula, ceramic wine glass...
Trip: Oysters in Mali Ston Bay
The Dalmatian coast has a very long history of mariculture. Traces of primitive oyster farming-petrified oak branches with attached oyster s...
Cycling: Wine route of Peljesac, from Zuljana to Postup
Pelješac Peninsula is primarly known for its hills and slopes, and beautiful sunny vineyards. In the area around the peninsula we fi...
Sea Kayaking: Oysters in the bay of Mali Ston
Explore the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve by kayak and experience beautiful natural and historical heritage from seaside!

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City Tour: Korcula
Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo was built on the foundations of a Greek colony, and is the historical and tourist ce...
Cycling: Ston oysters
Ston is a town in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, located at the south of isthmus of the Pelješac peninsula.

Walls of Ston...
Trip: Gruda-Ancient mill and Cavtat
We take the direction of Konavle, land of the Dubrovnik territory with high soil fertility. In Gruda, small settlement in Konavle, we visit ...
Cycling: Island of Mljet island, St Paul's road
The excursion starts with a ferry ride from the port Prapratno near Ston. With the arrival to the Sobra ferry port in Mljet, the cycl...
Total excursions:
Baska voda
Baska voda
Distances: 42.64 km


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.

Viganj: What to do / What to see?


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.

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.

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.

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