Hiking on Pelješac? Why not? There are six hiking trails on the peninsula, with a total length of 39 kilometres. Four of them lead to the highest peak of St. Elijah above Orebić.
With 961 metres above sea level, St. Elijah is Pelješac’s most famous hiking destination and the greatest challenge for hikers. The view from the top is truly spectacular. Before you – as in the palm of your hand – the islands of Korčula, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Mljet…, and on clear days, you can even see the outlines of Italy. On the other side – the Neretva River, and the mountains of Biokovo and Mosor.
No matter which trail you choose to reach the top, you need a little less than three hours. The trails are beautifully maintained. The steepest trail, Ruskovići (04) starts from Orebić, a somewhat easier one starts from Viganj (01), and two of them start from Kučište – from the Church of St. Luke (02), and the most popular one – from the village of Bilopolje.
At the top – at about 800 metres – there is a mountain lodge. When you have already reached such a high point, it would be a pity not to get to the very top. Legend has it that his name was Perun’s Hill, after the Slavic god Perun, the lord of thunder. Today there are the remains of St. Elijah’s church, built in the 17th century.
Advice: Bring enough liquids, put on suitable clothes and hiking shoes, have your mobile phone battery charged to 100 per cent and stick to the marked trails!