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8 Hours
Availability : May till October
Neum
Ston
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 8

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.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Neum (Google Map)
Also available transfers from: DUBROVNIK, SPLIT, MOSTAR, NEUM, SARAJEVO (Send request for transfer)

Departure Time

09.00 AM

Price Includes

  • Assistance & Suggestions
  • Maps (map or GPX)

On request

  • Profesional Cycling Guide
  • Transfers
  • Lunch - Local cuisine
  • Accommodation organization
  • Garmin device: additionally 10.00€
  • Bicycle rental: MTB Bicycles – 15 €; E-Bike – 30 €Complementaries: Helmet, Bike lock, Tire repair kit

Not included

  • Insurance Travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Guide Tipping Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Passport Required

  • Yes
What to Expect

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.

Shellfish farm
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:

  • Suitable for MTB and Road bikes
  • Trail length/altitude: 58km/916mnv
  • Difficulty: Easy/Medium 

On request: Local Cuisine, Wine tasting, 
Visit: Walls of Ston & salt production
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  • ⚡️ HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Cycle along the beautiful old road above Neum from where there is an amazing view of the sea
  • Boat ride in Mali Ston bay learning about and tasting fresh oysters!We will take you for a visit to a working boat for oysters extraction where you will learn all about growing and harvesting process of oysters in Mali Ston Bay
  • Oysters tastingFresh oysters from the sea paired with local wine. You will experience the proper way to taste unique oysters grown at Mali Ston bay for centuries since the roman times. Directly from the sea with a dash of lemon eaten by hands.
  • Visit the “European wall of China” (City Walls of Ston) - optional
  • Learn about sea salt harvest at the oldest saltpans in Europe - optional
Itinerary

Meeting point & Transfer: Neum

Transfers also available from: DUBROVNIK, SPLIT, MOSTAR, NEUM, SARAJEVO (Send request for transfer)

Start point:Neum

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.

09.00 AM - 4.00 PMCycling: Neum - Old road Neum - Doli - Ston - Ston bay - Shellfish farms

1.00 PMOn request: Lunch, local cuisine

2.00 PMOn request: Shellfish farm & Oysters tasting

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.

On request: Transfer, Ston - (Neum, Dubrovnik,..)

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