If you enjoy being surrounded by good music, smiling faces, and delicious food, then you will love Oyster Day in Mali Ston! Even if you have never tried oysters, this is the perfect opportunity for a first-timer. Join Elvira Hajdarević at this delicacy-filled traditional festival…
Oyster Day is held every year in Mali Ston, a small town of 150 residents located along Croatia’s southern coast on Pelješac peninsula. Mali Ston and the nearby city of Ston are both medieval towns with histories dating back to the 14th Century. They connect to Europe’s largest walls: The Walls of Ston, which measure 5.5 kilometers in length with around 40 towers and 5 fortresses. These walls are the second largest in the world! Fascinating, right?
The entire area around Ston is also well-known for its production of sea salt. In fact, Ston was known as a “City of Salt” for many years.
However, salt is not the only thing this area is known for. The region has played an important role in oyster- and mussel-farming since the Roman times. Ston’s oyster (ostrea edulis) is infamous for its aphrodisiacal characteristics. It’s no wonder Ston hosts Oyster Day each year, and that it’s so popular.
This was my first time attending an event like this and my impression, put simply, is: amazing!
The event takes place on a small harbor in Mali Ston, where you can enter small ships to get your oysters. You can even stay and eat inside the ship, which makes for a great atmosphere.
There is also a large table selling various homemade cakes and other domestic goods, such as olive oil and lavender.
During the event, you can enjoy live music and dance performances – from musicians’ Dalmatian tunes to folklore dancers’ stunning show.
But oysters are not the only specialty this area offers; Glorious wine from Pelješac is also sold at the event and something you absolutely must try.
People from Pelješac have a special love and appreciation for grapes and wine, making a fantastic pair for oysters! Pelješac has a long tradition of producing wine, and when driving along the peninsula, you’ll see its stunning vineyards.
In conclusion, the entire day was full of fun and positive energy. The next time you are in Croatia and there’s an Oyster day – be sure to attend and enjoy your oysters with a glass of tasty wine and stunning view of the Adriatic.