Though its earlier years are shrouded in mystery, the sparsely populated but beautiful Pelješac peninsula was first mentioned by Greek writers and was once known as the Roman province of Dalmatia. After the fall of the Byzantium Empire, the area went through a varied series of rulers. The land was eventually purchased by the Republic of Ragusa which was based in Dubrovnik, and remained a part of this conglomerate for the next 250 years.
The Pelješac peninsula is a place of wine and relaxation.
Once that alliance fell apart, this area spent two years as part of the French Empire in the early 1800s and later came under the jurisdiction of the Austrian Empire. For roughly 70 years, this portion of the world was part of Yugoslavia before Croatia became an independent country in the 90’s.
Though it is only home to about 8 thousand people, the Pelješac peninsula is now coming into its stride as a travel destination.