What to do in Žuljana?

Churches in Žuljana

There are several churches located in Žuljana. All of them are accessible by a pleasant walk. A baroque church of St. Martin, which was built on the foundations of a mediaeval church (gable Acroterion XV. c. probably comes from the original building), is the biggest and the most used of them. From the church there are beautiful views of the village, which lies open below you, and also gorgeous sunsets. Not far from here, there is located a chapel of St. Nicholas from the year 1630. In the centre of the village you may admire a church of St. Roco-Julian, with a bell tower. Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is rising above the beaches of Kremena and Vućine, offers to its visitors unique views of both bays and opposite small beaches. When visibility is good, it´s also possible to spot the islands of Korčula and Lastovo.

Sports activities

The bay Vučine and several smaller bays are good locations to enjoy marine fishing.
In Žuljana, there are great conditions for diving. Attraction is here a wreck of torpedo boat from the World war II, which none shipwreck diver should miss! Originally, the boat was 34 m long, about 5 m wide and it had the draught 1,4 m. 21 men could be on board. This kind of boat was produced in the year 1940 and served the Germans in WWII. As you can see, not with success every time. The boat has been going to rack here since September 1944.
There is also a kayak rental in Žuljana. It is amazing to paddle a kayak along the shore, especially in the mornings, when the sea is still calm. This way you can fully enjoy beauty of the crystal clear sea, of pine forests, vineyards on the slopes and the clean, fragrant air.
There is an open concrete playing field in Žuljana, which can be used for sports such as football, basketball, tennis or inline skating. More experienced inline skater may set off for a 5,5 km long ride along the coast, direction Trstenik. This may be also used for jogging. All in all, Žuljana is a very convenient location for joggers, everyone can find its own running route here.

Walk to St. Ivan hill

St. Ivan (469 m a.s.l.) is really worth a walk up the hill. It is the highest peak above Žuljana and from its top you can enjoy wonderful view of all the village, of the near island Mljet and when visibility is good also the islands of Lastovo and Korčula. The route is about 5 km long and well marked.

Note: We recommend the walk to St. Ivan only in good weather conditions. It is necessary to take enough water, especially in hot weather, and also to wear strong hiking boots!

Tips for a trip - Surroundings of Žuljana

Ston

Ston is a small town located at the beginning of the Pelješac peninsula, about 25 km far from Žuljana. The longest stone wall in Europe is situated there, it is about 5,5 km long. More than one kilometre of the fortification walls, immediately surrounding the town, is open to the public.
Other sights worth visiting are: pre-Romanesque church of St. Michael on the hill above Ston; Prince´s Palace; Bishop´s palace; Palace of the Sorkočević family; Franciscan monastery with the church of St. Martin; administrative buildings of the Republic of Dubrovnik etc. Most of these buildings, built in the Gothic-Renaissance style, were damaged during the earthquake at the end of 20th century. They have been only partially renovated so far, but the repair works are ongoing.
On the edge of village Ston, there is situated Veliki Kaštio - it is the biggest fort of the whole fortification system and it forms its south-west ending.

The Dingač tunnel, Potomje

Potomje is the centre of wine-growing region Dingač and it is about 15 far from Žuljana. There is a 400 m long Potomje tunnel leading towards the coast, single-track, unlit. The tunnel leads to the slope above the sea in Dingač.
The slopes are situated above the settlement Potočine, towards the Prisoje bay. They are planted with an autochthonous variety of vine, plavac mali crni, which is processed into the best branded wine Dingač (protected brand since 1961), it has an alcohol content of 14 %. The tunnel made the access to the vineyards easier for the wine makers, but nowadays it also allows tourists to get to the coast by car, to the settlements Borak and Potočine. The local beaches are extremely charming, nature highly preserved, the sea very clean.
There is a number of wine cellars directly in the village Potomje, where wine is available for tastings and purchase.

Orebić, Korčula

Orebić is a popular, bigger seaside resort. It is located on the so called Captain´s Riviera, on the south-west coast of the peninsula, at the Pelješac Strait, opposite the town Korčula, lying on the opposite island of the same name. There is a regular ferry connection between Orebić and Korčula, going directly to the old town port.
In the past, Orebić was an important seafaring centre, which used to bring wealth and prosperity to the local inhabitants. After the sailing boats were replaced by steamboats, the blossoming of the town came to its end. Imposing houses of the former rich ship´s captains, who used to settle down here in retirement, give Orebić the specific character. The houses were surrounded by gardens full of exotic vegetation. In Orebić you can also visit the parish church of the Virgin Mary, from the 19th century. On the hill above Orebić, there is a Gothic-Renaissance Fransiscan monastery, with the church of the St. Mary of the Engels from the 15th century. An art collection is placed here and it´s visited mainly because of the beautiful view.
Last but not least, we definitely recommend you to visit local ice cream parlour Oasis, which is located directly in the port, near the maritime museum. The museum is also worth visiting.
The town Korčula needs no introduction. It is a very popular seaside holiday resort and a frequently visited excursion spot on the north-east coast of the island of Korčula. It is one of the most precious urban conservation areas on the Croation coast.

Trpanj

This smaller village on the north coast of Pelješac is surely worth seeing. Trpanj used to be the main port of the peninsula, nowadays the ferries from the mainland town Ploče are heading here. Arrival and departure of the ferry is a very nice experience, especially for children. Landmark of the Trpanj´s port is the statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, standing on a rock in front of the port. Traditionally, she is considered to be a patroness of fishermen and seafarers.
Another beauty spot can be found 6,5 km to the west of Trpanj - it is a charming bay Divna, which is remarkable for its beautiful pebble beach, with a sandy bottom of the sea. Who would like to enjoy wonderful swimming and bathing there, can park the car up at the roadside and walk down a narrow path.

Luka Dubrava

Another nice trip is to the village Luka Dubrava. It is a picturesque seaside resort, lying at a shallow bay with warm sea and a pebble beach on the edge of an olive grove, about 4 km far from Drače and the central village of Janjina. The village is located halfway between Ston and Orebić. Besides the ever-present piece and quiet also a konoba Glavor is located here.
It is a small family business, located in a pleasant setting, very close to the sea, with a direct view of it. In this konoba you may expect a very nice, friendly and domestic environment, where you can enjoy the gastronomic experiences to the fullest. They offer you completely fresh and mostly self-caught fishes, spiny lobsters, octopuses, mussels, oysters, cuttlefish, squid and also local meat specialities of lamb, pork and veal meat from local farms. Everything is prepared for You according to traditional Dalmatian recipes from fresh, home-made or local ingredients.

Dubrovník

Dubrovnik is the second largest city in Croatia and it´s nicknamed Pearl of the Adriatic. This city is definitely worth a visit! It is one of the most valuable urban heritage conservations in the south-east Europe and therefore it joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites already in the year 1979.