By its economic and strategic significance, Ston was one of the most important towns in the Dubrovnik Republic. This is confirmed by the monumental walls, constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries, and extending over 5 kilometres in length and measuring 5-10 metres in height. The walls were fortified by forty towers and bastions. In the 14th century, the construction of Mali (Little) and Veliki (Ston) began, one on each side of the isthmus, which was of great importance for the defence of Pelješac and the entire western section of the Republic.
A large natural salt works is located at the base of the Ston Channel, where sea salt has been produced for centuries - a precious monopoly product of the Dubrovnik Republic. The Mali Ston Channel, at Bistrina, is the location of a shellfish farm. There is also a lovely islet called the 'Island of Life'.
Not far from Ston is the beautiful bay Prapratno with its centuries-old olive trees, Mediterranean macchia thickets and clean sandy beaches, and the site of one of the loveliest auto camps in this region.
In Roman times, Ston bore the name Turris Stagni. Today's Ston was established in 1333 as soon as Dubrovnik came into possession of the Pelješac peninsula. The city was surrounded by 980 metres of walls with fortresses. The strongest Ston fortress was called "Veliki Kaštio", with its walls drawn out along the seashore and which bordered towards the sea with the salt works.
This large fortified complex was built by Dubrovnik (1333-1506). The first school in Ston is mentioned in 1389, the first almshouse in 1458 and the orphanage in 1494. Buildings within the walls included the former office of the Dubrovnik Republic, built in the Gothic style, the Gothic palace Sorkočević-Đorđić and the former Bishop's Palace.
The former Rector's Palace (Renaissance style) was expanded and adapted in the 19th century. On the hill of St. Michael (Mihajlo), there is the well preserved pre-Romantic Chapel of St. Michael (11-12th century) with the remnants of its wall frescos. Next to the church is the stone monument collection, with fragments of braided decoration.
The gastronomic centre of the county, Mali Ston, the town with the longest walls in Europe is situated near Dubrovnik, and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery which, together with the picturesque city architecture, forms a harmonic entity. Here you can relax in untouched nature, and at the end of the day, try the oysters and mussels from the well-known Ston aquaculture farms.
It is a small tourist town in the inlet of the same name, situated in Mali Ston Bay on the island of Pelješac.
Ston Tourist Board
Pelješki puti bb, 20230 Ston
Tel / Fax: +385 (0) 20 754452