The annual Festival of Oysters – that takes place in Ston and Mali Ston (within the Dubrovnik municipality and approx 45min drive from the Old Town) – will be celebrated on the 21st and 22nd March 2020.
About the Festival of Oysters:
At the two-day festival, a multitude of oyster dishes can be sampled alongside other fish, and the best wines of the Peljesac, all at promotional prices. A full entertainment programme is provided, including folklore performances and Dalmatian music. Visitors should head to the Seafront in Mali Ston on the 21st March and the main square in Ston on the 22nd March, anytime between 11am to 4pm. The whole of March is dedicated to the festival, so visitors can enjoy oyster tasting tours throughout the month.
The town of Ston with its small sister town of Mali Ston are picturesque fortified medieval towns standing either end of the narrow isthmus that joins the Peljesac peninsula to the mainland. Rich in history they are places of culinary excellence with several renowned seafood restaurants. Prapratno Cove, close to Ston, also provides one of the finest sandy beaches in Croatia. Dubrovnik Old Town is within 40 minutes’ drive down the spectacular coast road.
The Dubrovnik Republic acquired control over Peljesac in 1333 and proceeded to construct massive fortifications in the form of a 5.5 kilometre wall spanning the isthmus and circling the towns of Ston and Mali Ston that stood on the coast at either end of the wall. The wall was built between 1336 and 1358 and is considered to be the longest defensive wall in Europe and the second in the world (after the Great Wall of China).
Where to stay:
Having re-opened to the public in April 2019, Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik has re-emerged as an icon of private boutique luxury and design. Tucked into a cove, Hotel Bellevue boasts a unique secluded setting on a clifftop with immaculate water views over the Adriatic Sea, making the waterfront scenery alone difficult to top. Hotel Bellevue offers its guests an elegant and private sanctuary with an all-encompassing luxury experience. The hotel is host to 91 blissful rooms and suites, a sophisticated vapour restaurant, a sleek and cosy spice lounge with a terrace, and an invigorating energy spa clinic with ceiling to floor windows to capture the cinematic backdrop. The ideal location of Hotel Bellevue makes it the perfect base to explore the lesser-known towns and islands close to Dubrovnik. Rooms start from €128 per night.
Oyster tasting/Gourmet Package:
Tailor-made tour operator Lightfoot Travel (www.lightfoottravel.com, +44(0)203 9505105) offers a 3-night stay at Hotel Bellevue from £790 person. The price is based on two people sharing a Deluxe Sea View Room with Balcony and includes international flights between London and Dubrovnik and private transfers between the airport and the hotel. It also includes a wine tasting tour in the Peljesac region, a 3 course lunch at the Saint Hills winery, a private tour of the historic 14th century fortified town of Ston and a visit to an oyster farm with fresh oyster tasting.