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Orebić

Backed by the rocky heights of Sveti Ilija (3,153 feet), Orebić straggles along the coast, facing across a narrow sea channel to the island of Korčula. Historically, the town spent several centuries under the Republic of Dubrovnik, supplying many able seamen to the republic's merchant navy. From 1865 to 1887 the town even had its own shipping company: today you can see a string of villas and their gardens overlooking the coastal promenade, built by wealthy local sea captains. You can learn more about the seafaring history at the charming Maritime Museum on Orebić’s main street, complete with naval instruments, maps, old documents, and photos. Today Orebić is best known for its sandy beach, delightful hillside monastery, and as the gateway to the Pelješac Peninsula and its highly-esteemed red wines.

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