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Be Active, cycle and experience the unique taste of Mali Ston oysters.
Ostrea edulis, is the queen among all oysters and a gift from nature that can today be found only in the bay of Mali Ston.
Traces of oyster farming in the Mali Ston Bay have existed since the period of Roman rule in this area. The first written documents on shellfish hunting date from the 16th century, and on breeding from the 17th century, records from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. Our family has been in the oyster farming business for generations and we offer you authentic oyster tasting tours. Learn everything about Ostrea Edulis oysters and find out why have they been rewarded so many times.
What makes our oysters unique?
The bay of Mali Ston located on Pelješac peninsula has a unique mix of freshwater and seawater. This is essential component that makes our oysters unique in the world. There are 3 essential characteristics of Ston oysters: it refreshes, calms and encourages love. They are well known best natural aphrodisiac. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and lust, was born, as artists see it, in a shell. And if you ask the people of Mali Ston, they have no doubt that the shell was an oyster. Ostrea edulis – specie of oysters grown only in Mali Ston bay are specific for their taste and very sensitive to grow. They react to any kind of sea pollution and that is why they are a confirmation that the sea is extremely clean. The best way to serve oysters is directly from the sea, with a splash of lemon and eaten by hand. We invite you to join us for the best, unique oyster tasting paired with our local wine to excite your tastebuds, refresh yourselves, enjoy the Mediterranean sea and rejuvenate your spirit and soul.
Neum & Ston Bay Oyster farming: Cycle for unique oyster tasting experience!
Meeting & Transfer: Neum
Start point: Neum
Cycling from Neum to Ston along the beautiful old road that rises above Neum, we will enjoy the silence, the smell of the sea and pine trees, while also having a beautiful view of the sea. We start cycling in Neum with a short ascent in the length of 3-4 km, from where we continue on the old road to Ston. The tour is continued by crossing the border with Croatia and passing by some the old villages and monuments, remnants of the Homeland War, as there was a demarcation line between Croatia and Bosnian Serbs. We will pass by Vjetrenice, with a short break for photography, from where we will descend towards Ston. In Ston, lunch and a tour of the oldest saltpans in Europe are possible – optional as well as the City Walls of Ston. After a break in the table we continue towards Ston Bay and Shellfish farm to get acquainted with the production of sea Oysters & taste some fresh oysters. The boat will take us across the sea to our bike path which we continue our bike ride back to Neum.
Mali Ston Bay is a nature reserve known for its long tradition of growing oysters (Ostrea edulis) and mussels (Muytilus galloprovincialis). One of the attractions you can experience in Mali Ston Bay is a boat ride to the oyster farms and tasting it directly from the sea, freshly drizzled with a few drops of lemon juice.
Shellfish farm & Oysters tasting
BEFORE YOU GO:
On request: Local Cuisine, Wine tasting,
Visit: Walls of Ston & salt production
ERO Travel TAILOR-MADE: Excursions, Accommodation, Tours, Transfer & Rent-a-Car
Transfers also available from: DUBROVNIK, SPLIT, MOSTAR, NEUM, SARAJEVO (Send request for transfer)
Neum is a municipality in the extreme south of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the only exit to the Adriatic Sea of the country. Thanks to long and warm summers, short and mild winters, Neum is considered one of the coastal towns with the highest number of sunny days a year.
History of Neum
Since ancient times, the area of Neum has been known as a significant crossroad that led from the coast to the hinterland. Neum was first mentioned in the 4th century, in 533, under the name “Neuense”. Until 1718, Neum was part of the Republic of Dubrovnik, when it was handed over to the Turks for the needs of ships and the supply of military units in the hinterland. In 1878, Neum and the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, until the end of the First World War in 1918. In the second half of the last century, the first resorts, hotels and other tourist facilities emerged.
Preservation of walls and fortifications
With the disappearance of the Dubrovnik Republic, negligence and often incomprehensible interventions of the 19th century. Such as the demolition of the city walls in Mali Ston to combat malaria. With the demolition of the city wall in Ston due to the arrival of Austrian Emperor Franjo Josip on an official visit. The monumental Ston fortification complex collapses. Lately, thanks to the Society of Friends of the Dubrovnik Walls. The renovation of the Ston fortifications and towers has been slowly but surely continuing. The Ston complex is already beginning to live again in its old dignified appearance.
The Dubrovnik Republic built a monumental defense system for protection, a large fortification, and an urban project. They build 41 towers, 5 fortresses, and a 5.5 kilometer-long defensive wall. In order to preserve the greatest value in the depths of the bay – Ston salterns. The construction of the imposing fortification complex, which we call the Ston Walls, began soon after the Dubrovnik acquisition of Pelješac. First, they build a defensive wall, from one side of the peninsula to the other. And according to a unique project, they build two fortified towns. On the south side Ston and on the north Mali Ston. To gather people to guard the borders and work in salterns.
Above the western steep slopes of Prevlaka, the Great Wall is separating Pelješac from the mainland. The wall is about 1200 m long, led over the top of Podzvizda hill. Closing the entire peninsula, ending in towers on the shores of the Ston channel and Mali Ston bay. The Ston system of fortifications was formed, however, over more than four centuries. Intended primarily for the defense of the peninsula from its mainland hinterland. It has been gradually improved, adapted to the terrain, and the development of military equipment. Ston fortifications are without a doubt the largest construction project of the Republic outside Dubrovnik. The walls and fortresses are flanked by 10 round and 31 square towers and 6 semicircular bastions. They retained their defensive role until the beginning of the 19th century. After the fall of the Republic, the Ston fortifications lost their military significance.
Thanks to its geographical position, fertile fields, an abundance of water, and the short isthmus that connects the Pelješac peninsula with the mainland. The Ston area has become an important residence for humans since ancient times. Saltern dates back to Roman times, two millennia before Christ. Before Romans, Illyrians and Greeks inhabited this area. The exploitation and harvesting of salt in the Ston area begin when Romans came into these lands. The Ston salterns are the oldest in Europe and the largest preserved in the history of the Mediterranean.
Salt was obtained by the process of evaporating seawater in large shallow basins of the salters. The season of harvesting and producing salt lasts in the summer months. The present-day salters which date from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic and their overall design, perfectly represent the complex production of salt from the Middle Ages. And they are a first-class cultural monument. The method of production has not changed all these centuries. And in such ecologically healthy conditions, excellent quality of salt is guaranteed. Which satisfies all the needs of the advanced economy of modern times.
Importance of salt for Ston and the Dubrovnik Republic
Apart from supplying the local population, salt from Ston was one of the main export items of the Dubrovnik Republic, which traded with it throughout the entire Balkan Peninsula. The income from salt was high, 1/3 of the total income. Along with Dubrovnik, Ston was economically and strategically the most important place of the Dubrovnik Republic and the second most planned city in Europe. The Dubrovnik Republic used pools with a granite bottom. From these pools, they extracted the purest salt for the Viennese court.
This is a unique oyster tasting experience. It will guide you through the history of oyster farming in Mali Ston bay where oysters were grown since Roman times. It is the only place where Ostrea Edulis – the European oyster is farmed today. You will learn all about the history of oyster farming since the Dubrovnik republic and witness the oyster growing process. Oysters are paired with fantastic local wine grown in the vicinity.