Viganj
Viganj
Viganj
Viganj

Viganj

Viganj is a beautiful place on the Mediterranean, ideal for enjoying a peaceful holiday, nature and recreation. It is nestled in a charming cove on Pelješac peninsula, west of Cape St. Liberan and 6km from Orebić, the largest town on the peninsula. It is mentioned for the first time in the 14th century. However, it has existed for much longer as archeological remains of ancient Illyrians from the 5th century BC, the location near the ancient settlement of Nakovana, as well as Roman remains show. Although the name Viganj means bellows, according to the legends it comes from either a blacksmith’s son’s inheritance, the winds that constantly blow in the region, or an aristocrat named Viganj who lived in the area.

 

From the 17th century onward rich maritime families from the Republic of Dubrovnik abide there. Pelješac was under Dubrovnik’s rule since 1333. We are reminded of those glorious days of Pelješac’s mariners by the beautiful stone houses and the villas of the rich captains and sailors from Viganj, whose flowered gardens are filled with indigenous Mediterranean flora. It is worth mentioning that in the mid 19th century Viganj’s own shipping company “Braća Kovačević” (Kovačević Brothers) had its headquarters in Marseilles, France. When the Dominican monastery and the church of Our Lady of the Rosary were built in 1671, Viganj got its town centre.

 

Viganj’s has a pleasant climate and warm seasons. It is sheltered by hills from north winds and faces the always warm south. It averages 3,600 hours of sunlight per year, sea temperature is never below 15°C, and from early spring to late autumn mistral, a refreshing northwest wind, blows often (average wind speed is 5 on the Beaufort scale, rising up to 8). This is the reason why Viganj has become a popular destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving, cycling, and even hiking and hunting because of its proximity to the highest peak on Pelješac – Sveti Ilija, 961m – rich in herbs and wildlife (mouflon, boar, pheasant).

 

Viganj was the host to the Windsurfing World Championship in 1989, and the European Champioship a year later. Today it hosts most of the national championships. On Ponta, Viganj’s most popular beach, you can find windsurfing schools which also rent surfing equipment and bicycles. The area is full of small pebble beaches, and the two nude beaches can be found below the St. John chapel. The town alone has a few bars and restaurants. It is perfect, genuine, and made for you to spend a wonderful and restful Mediterranean summer holiday, enjoy seafood and first-rate olive oil and taste the famous Pelješac wines.

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