Ston City Walls
Ston City Walls
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  • BobbyBR
    Atlanta, Georgia207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit and hike up the walls
    We took an unexpected detour on our drives throughout Croatia to see the ston city walls. Amazing what they did to protect salt which was a good as gold back then. After the walk go to Mali Ston for some fresh oysters.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • LichfieldBoy
    775 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a detour
    We were travelling from Split to Dubrovnik and decided it would be worthwhile taking a detour to Ston to see the castle & walls. We were surprised how long the walls are and how well preserved they are (although some reconstruction is in progress). We initially intended to walk the walls to Mali Ston but, because it was a red hot day and there was little shelter, we eventually just did the circuit from Ston but even that was a hard climb. After our walk we drove round to Mali Ston to see the other end. It really is an amazing engineering feat. We had lunch in Ston in Restaurant Baca - highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain20,456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walls around Ston and Mali Ston
    Ston City Walls are very well preserved and they surround all the old and new towns (Ston and Mali Ston). They are located in Ston, a Middle Ages town near Dubrovnik, in Dalmatian Coast. Nowadays, you can walk on them and go to the two towns. They are wonderful and you can see fantastic views of the towns and surroundings: the salt works and the sea. Really, a very curious and interesting place. In fact, we spend 2-3 hours to walk around all parts of walls. Very recommendable, of you visit this region.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Severine C
    Redhill, United Kingdom22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely view but challenging to get there.
    Ston is a lovely little town. We were very lucky that it wasn't too busy when we were there, even though it was a Sunday. The walls are rather impressive but as others wrote it is a challenging walk and not ideal if you are afraid of heights as well. The cost of the city walls includes a visit to the castle but honestly that really isn't worth it, there is just nothing there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Cruiser613242
    Australia181 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exposed, hot in august
    Gives great views of ston and Mali ston. Pick entrance C on Organic Maps if you want to start in ston and have a slightly shorter walk. In the late afternoon and August heat, might be smarter to start in Mali ston as the route up will be partially shaded. We started in Ston a bit after 5pm and it was superhot and exposed with heat radiating off the stone walls on the way up, but quite shaded once we reached the top and still mostly shaded on the walk down to Mali ston.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Larissa B
    Shenstone, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOTS OF STEPS
    Lovely walk from Mali Ston to Ston, offering great views of both areas. Be aware there were a LOT of steps, which was difficult in the heat at midday. Quite expensive at €10 per person, and you can only walk one way or you must pay again. Despite this, both areas were lovely to visit and would recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Warren P
    Adelaide, Australia942 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ston = MUST NOT MISS
    Our ride yesterday undulating 50kms. took us from Orebić to Mali Ston for lunch then back to Ston overnight. Walk this morning to the City Wall. Evening in Ston……beautiful town. Seafood again for dinner then jazz and wine at the salt factory. Part of the Salt festival 🇭🇷 I had the seafood risotto with squid ink👍😎 Had to walk back up the hill to get ‘that’ shot. Sunrise came a bit late as it was hiding behind a mountain. Worth the effort I think. Didn’t kill me, so must have been good for me too!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • rama1
    Melbourne, Australia1,167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very very impressive construction
    Wow. So impressive. These walls are nearly 5 kilometres long and span the peninsula. They are also steep and high. Very impressive with large guard towers every so often. Makes you wonder how they ever built it back in the day
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Rebecca R
    Kendal, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit and walk along the walls.
    If you like forts and castle walls this is a must. The huge wall climbs right to the top of the mountain and you can walk along most of it. It’s also a lovely little place to stop and have lunch/coffee. Be aware it is a big climb with many steps but you can just do sections if you don’t fancy a massive hike in the heat. A truly astounding piece of historical construction.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
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Glynis98
Canterbury, UK442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The steps from the fort are very challenging so you need to get fit to cope with the climb! We’ve decided Croatia mens steps in English! Well worth the effort!
Written 13 May 2024
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KookyRedHead
Torquay, UK292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
You cannot come to Ston and not attempt to climb the walls! It was a brilliant experience with absolutely fantastic views and well worth the effort of climbing all those stairs! There are three entrances and we chose to enter at the point near the Arcimun Roundel which means no backtracking on any section of the wall - so alllll one way. The ticket staff here were very pleasant and friendly. Parts of the walls and forts are still being repaired/reconstructed so I can only image this attraction will be even better in a few years, especially when you might be able to got to the VERY top of the hill using the wall route. The route along the walls ends in quiet little Mali Ston where you can stop for yummy oysters, and then walk back to Ston via a good pedestrian path. The ticket also includes entry to the Kastio fort too. The only disappointing thing was that nether walls nor fort had any signage or information about the history. I really wanted to learn more about what I was looking at, and also read about their plans for the future refurbishments which are clearly in progress. There is a discounted ticket on production of a valid disabled ID card - but bear in mind that anyone with physical disabilities would absolutely not be able to do this. I would not take the elderly or very young up here either. Take a bottle of water too, as there is very little shade and the route is physically demanding.
Written 14 April 2024
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Gabriel A
Ploiesti, Romania4,847 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Our road through Croatia passed through the old village of Ston.
We noticed the strong defense walls, which stretch for several miles.
Written 29 February 2024
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Veilki Ston and its little friend Mali Ston sit on the isthmus that connects the Peljesac peninsula to the mainland and was once an important salt producing town. The “Great Wall of Croatia” town is famous for the impressive wall that climb up the mountain behind it.

This unassuming town was heavily fortified for two reasons. Firstly to defend its strategic location where the mountains and bays create a bottleneck along the road from Dubrovnik to this area, and secondly, to protect its impressive salt pans which still produce salt today. During the middle ages, these salt pans provided Dubrovnik with much of its wealth, at a time when salt was worth more than its weight in gold.

Due to its economic and strategic importance, defensive walls began being built in the 14th century and completed centuries later. Hugging the hillside between Veilki and Mali Ston, I read that this is the longest defensive wall in Europe and the second longest in the world after the Great Wall of China.

Construction began in 1333, when Pelješac was ruled by the Republic of Ragusa, and
builders had to adapt to the rough terrain and advancements in warfare technology. By the time the walls were completed, they would span 7 kilometres and include three fortresses, 41 towers, 7 bastions and a system of moats, all designed to repel invading forces and protect the salt pans that provided the town with its wealth.

Still impressive today, there are more than 5km of walls climbing from Veilki Ston and descending the opposite slope until they reach Mali Ston. The 41 towers, seven bastions and three forts make this one of the most interesting defense structures in the Adriatic.

They offer a glimpse into the medieval past of Croatia and the Republic of Ragusa and are an excellent example of medieval fortifications. The walls have stood the test of time and continue to be a testament to the impressive engineering skills of the past.

For 10 euro you can walk the wall from Ston all the way over the side of the hill to Mali Ston which is exactly what we did. Admittedly, our legs (and knees, I had walking sticks) were aching by the time we reached Mali Ston exiting by the Koruna Fortress. Start early, bring water and a hat, and pick a cool time as there is no shade, but the views were stunning. Once you reach Mali Ston, reward yourself with a meal at one of the great restaurants situated around the bay.
Written 26 January 2024
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK8,859 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
On our way to Ston, it had been mentioned that the wall was very much like the Great Wall of China, which I found hard to believe until we saw it and that is the only way to describe it, just on a smaller scale.
Amazing engineering.
Written 21 October 2023
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Rebecca R
Kendal, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
If you like forts and castle walls this is a must. The huge wall climbs right to the top of the mountain and you can walk along most of it. It’s also a lovely little place to stop and have lunch/coffee. Be aware it is a big climb with many steps but you can just do sections if you don’t fancy a massive hike in the heat. A truly astounding piece of historical construction.
Written 26 September 2023
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John A
Belfast, UK1,577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is a very impressive structure enclosing the city of Ston and protecting the economically important salt works. In the Middle Ages salt was a currency and a very valuable asset for a country to posess as it allowed for long term preservation of food.
The walls were built high to deter invaders and can be seen running over the top of the surrounding mountain tops.
It is possible to walk along the walls for a small fee, though due to time constraints we did not.
Written 25 September 2023
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rama1
Melbourne, Australia1,167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wow. So impressive.
These walls are nearly 5 kilometres long and span the peninsula. They are also steep and high. Very impressive with large guard towers every so often.
Makes you wonder how they ever built it back in the day
Written 11 September 2023
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Warren P
Adelaide, Australia942 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our ride yesterday undulating 50kms. took us from Orebić to Mali Ston for lunch then back to Ston overnight. Walk this morning to the City Wall.

Evening in Ston……beautiful town. Seafood again for dinner then jazz and wine at the salt factory. Part of the Salt festival 🇭🇷
I had the seafood risotto with squid ink👍😎

Had to walk back up the hill to get ‘that’ shot.
Sunrise came a bit late as it was hiding behind a mountain.
Worth the effort I think.
Didn’t kill me, so must have been good for me too!
Written 7 September 2023
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Larissa B
Shenstone, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Lovely walk from Mali Ston to Ston, offering great views of both areas. Be aware there were a LOT of steps, which was difficult in the heat at midday. Quite expensive at €10 per person, and you can only walk one way or you must pay again. Despite this, both areas were lovely to visit and would recommend.
Written 5 September 2023
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