Friday, June 10, 2016

Visiting the Old Town Ston in Croatia


Ston is a small town located on the eastern tip of the of the Peljesac peninsula in Croatia. During our recent weekend trip to Neum, my friends and I decided to make a trip here, since it was close by. Ston is a tiny place, but well worth exploring. The main attraction (besides great food) is the huge stone wall that connects Ston to the nearby town called Mali Ston (Little Ston). You can walk on the wall all the way to the other city. Since we didn't have time for that we decided to explore the other sights of this old town on the Adriatic Sea.



A Walk Through Ston

It was midday when we parked our car in the nearby parking lot and headed out into the town, so there weren't that many people in the streets. As I said, Ston is not huge, but what it lacks in grandeur it makes up with small town charm: from cobblestone streets to old houses and buildings. It was a joy to explore.





Doors and Gateways

Throughout this post you will see many shots of doors and gateways. There are indeed a lot of interesting ones in the town, and I couldn't help myself but take as many pictures of them as I could. In some cases vegetation on the side of these entrances enriched the enjoyment of them.





Inside the Salt City of Ston

The city of Ston produces sea salt. We saw a sea salt plantage when leaving town, but access to it is forbidden. Its former value as a „salt city“ gets confirmed even today in those plants, which are the oldest active salt-works in the world. These salt works have remained faithful to the tradition and to the natural way of salt production which has not changed since remote ages.





The Walls of Ston

The Walls of Ston were known as the "European wall of China". The city plan of Dubrovnik was used as a model for Ston, but since Ston was built on prepared terrain, that model was more closely followed than Dubrovnik itself. In terms of infrastructure like water mains and sewers built in 1581, Ston was remarkably unique in Europe.


I saw this impressive building (i think it's private) with the gates opened. So I stepped inside for a moment to take some pictures. Luckily no one caught me. It seems like it's a monastary, but there is no sign on the front.





I hope you enjoyed our small trip to Ston. I think it's well worth a stop if you are on your way to Neum, Korcula or Dubrovnik.


23 comments:

  1. What a charming places wtih lots to see. Love the old stonework and door as well as that Kitty on the barrel. Have a lovely weekend wherever you find yourself.

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  2. was für wunderscchöne Fotos. Das erste Foto ist so cool. Ihr seht sehr glücklich aus!!
    Liebe Grüße
    susa

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  3. A wonderful photo-tour of Ston Mersad. I love all the aged stonework buildings that give the town so much character. Great shot of the Cat on the Barrel.

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    1. She was so cute. I had to take a photo.

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  4. So nice pics :) Thanks for the post.

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  5. There seem to be so many places to see in Ston. The architecture, stone walls, doors and gates are so impressive, and the cat is so adorable.

    Yoko

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    1. Thanks Yoko. Yes there is a lot to see here.

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  6. Es gefällt mir sehr gut. Schöne Stimmungen hast du mitgebracht.
    Liebe Grüße

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  7. I enjoyed my trip immensely. The bright green door is my favorite door, but all are gorgeous. I love cobble stone streets, seems like the perfect little city to visit.
    Ann

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  8. Wow--- What a wonderful spot. It's like stepping back in time. Well done, Mersad!

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  9. Mersad, such lovely pictures again of your beautiful country.
    Wonderful VISIONS !

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  10. This is my kind of place to visit, Old Towns replete with old world charms and plenty of doors and windows and cats to photograph.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  11. I love the stone buildings, walls, streets, and archways. Such character! :)

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  12. Looks like a quint place and fun to visit.

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  13. I loved the town! It would be nice to combine a visit to it with another attraction in the area.

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  14. What a beautiful town! Love all the building photos.

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  15. It looks like a beautiful town. Some of the scenes reminded me of Korkula. The stonework in these towns is lovely, and the buildings in town seem to be very well maintained.

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  16. I love the stone structures!

    ROG, ABCW

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  17. Wow Mersad, how wonderful that looks. How much wonderful places our world had, doesn't it. I've never been there but I would like to!

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    (http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-18-v)

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  18. Looks like a nice trip,Mersad!Great photos!

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