OREBIC is a port town and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county in Croatia. It is located on the Peljesac Peninsula on the Dalmatian Coast. Orebic is directly across a strait from the town of Korcula, located on the island of the same name. Ferries service the two towns frequently. Orebic is 112km from Dubrovnik.
It was named after the family who restored the castle in side the fortified settlement in 1586. During the 19th century Orebic had 17 of the most important nautical captains in the Austria-Hungary Empire.
Tourism is one of the town’s main source of income, especially during the summer months. In the 1960s, a large number of non-locals (mostly from larger cities in the then former Yugoslavia) built homes for their summer holidays. In subsequent years, tourists from other countries started to arrive. Today, people from Hungary, Germany and Italy most frequently visit the town. However, the town is also gaining popularity with many other nationalities including Polish, Czech, Slovenian and British visitors.
The town now boasts of a number of high-quality hotels, including the Hotel Indijan and the Grand Hotel Oberic. There are also numerous camp sites located around the town that also cater to camper vans. The town’s main beach, at Trstenica, is also a big attraction. Many locals also rent out rooms or apartments during the peak season.
The Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Angels is a popular attraction Visitors are also drawn to the Mount of Saint Elijah, located behind the town which offers a good view of the island of Korcula and the Adriatic Sea. There are many hiking trails from Orebic and nearby villages that lead to the summit and are well sign-posted.
At the eastern approach to the town, just before Trstenica Beach, Korta Katarina is currently being renovated. This building is expected to house a boutique hotel, wine-tasting room and be home to the winery of the same name, which produced local varieties such as POSIP & PLAVAC MALI.
Orebic is easily accessible by road and ferry. It is some 90mins drive from Dubrovnik and some 3-4hrs drive from Split, both of which are accessed via the Adriatic Highway (European route E65), which is accessed via nearby Ston. The drive from Ston to Orebic takes you through some of Croatia’s largest vineyards including those at POTOMJE & POSTUP. The road is constantly being upgraded and, while being quite windy, it is generally in good condition.
There are numerous ferry connections to Korcula each day from Orebic. The car-ferry deposits passengers some 3-4km from Korcula town and therefore is not suitable for foot passengers. There is also a passenger-ferry that deposits passengers directly in Korcula town. Car-ferry tickets must be purchased in advance of boarding the ferry at the JADROLINIJA booth near to SPLITSKA BANKA. Tickets for the passenger-ferry can be purchased when boarding the ferry.
From Korcula you can connect with a variety of bus services that operate from Orebic to Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb.
Orebic is well-serviced in terms of supermarkets (such as KONZUM & STUDENAC), a medical and dental centre, newsagents (also selling international newspapers), pharmacies, post office, bakeries, banks, hair salons, building providers, garden centres, bars and restaurants, with the majority of services being located along the town’s main thoroughfare.