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St.Ilija hike

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Beautiful climb to Sveti Ilija
  • Amazing views to Pelješac, Korčula and other islands
  • Hiking through bare rocks and black pine woods
  • Finding out about mountain flora
  • Possibility of spotting wild life
  • Breathing at lungs full capacity

 

Pelješac is a 75 km long peninsula that apart from the miraculous walls of Ston and its saltworks, oysters, scattered villages, fields, famous vineyards and recently more and more renown winemakers and their products has many other (hidden) gems of nature. Just exploring its „wine side“ takes amounts of time but is as rewarding as seeing its final stretch with Orebić, Viganj, Lovište and the stunning mountain of Sveti Ilija rising like a silent guardian watching above them and Korčula just across the narrow channel.

Sveti Ilija also known as Mons vipera (Viper’s mountain) or Perun’s mountain (its peak was a cult place of a pre-christian ancient slavic god Perun) is 961 m above sea level and can be accessed from few different directions but the most attractive conventional one starts and ends in Orebić. To get there we catch a ferry or a ride from Korčula, complete our provisions for the day, optionally as an excuse to discuss the ascent ahead we have a cup of coffee and go.

The trail is good and circular, takes us up one way and down the other side. To reach the top is about 2 and a half to 3 hours and coming down also takes about 2 and a half hours so in total it amounts to 6 – 8 hours (always dependable on the shape of participants and weather conditions though).

The way up is the steeper part of the hike and the more you are entering the inner world of the mountain the more it’s showing its other face – high planes, green and fertile, with fields of sage, myrte, black pines, as opposed to a sight from below when you see mostly just bare rock. If lucky enough it is possible to see mountain goats, wild horses, birds of prey. The top opens other vistas, especially on a clear day, to the ridge of Pelješac, the mainland with its mountains and the islands spread in the Adriatic.

Descending takes us through various landscapes too, from beautiful wood to the panoramic south side and views to the channel and the island of Korčula right across. Further down the chapel of Lady of Karmen and its cypresses give us one more opportunity to stop for a moment and reflect on all the wonderful things and places we’ve met along the way. Or just stare somewhere in the distant horizon…

Upon coming down to Orebić free time till the ferry/ride across back to Korčula.

 

When: 8:00AM every day (we can be flexible, so ask!)
Ideal time: spring or autumn
Price: 550 kuna (78 EURO) per person
Duration: 6  / 8 hours
Price includes: guide, boat transfer
Min: 4
Max: 16
What to bring: good hiking shoes or preferably boots, long pants, hat/sun protection, breathable underwear, breathable t-shirts or long sleeve shirts, lightweight breathable rain/wind proof jacket, snacks (food), for day, 2 – 3 liters of water per person, first aid kit (reccomendable), walking poles (optional), camera with zoom
What’s extra: gratuities to guide, meals and drinks
Tour type: walking, hiking, youth and family, nature & wildlife, cultural,agriculture
Terrain: the trail is light, mostly flat without steep ascents or descents
Activity level: Moderate to hard/ demanding
Disabilities friendly: No
Kid friendly: Yes – but please let us know in advance.

 

Booking: For additional information or booking, contact us on info@croactive-holidays.com