The words stood out in the guide book “eating oysters in Ston should be an essential part of your trip“.
Who was I to argue! Oysters for lunch on the way from Dubrovnik to Mostar sounded a great idea!
In less than an hour we were driving onto the Peljesac Peninsular, noticing all the oyster farms ….rows and rows of floats as far as the eye can see. Mussels and other shellfish are also farmed here.

Ston Oyster farms in Croatia
Oyster farms near Ston

The peninsular is a rich and fertile area and is still as important to the economy as it was in the 13th century. In those days, it was salt production that bought wealth to the area. Whilst salt is still important, grape production and oyster farming now contribute to the area’s reputation.
The town of Ston is very small. It doesn’t take long to walk the four criss-crossing roads that form the main part of town. The villagers obviously take pride in their town. Bougainvillea tumbles over the stone houses, the streets are swept and the people are greet us as we pass.
The village of Ston
Scenes from the village of Ston

A street in Ston
The walls can be seen above this street in Ston

Look up and you will see that Ston is surrounded by 13th century medieval city walls. Five kilometres long, they are the second longest defensive walls in the world, second only to the Great Wall of China.
The walls extend from Ston down to Mali Ston or Little Ston. You can walk around the walls but the famous Ston oysters were calling and we left this for another time and headed to Mali Ston!
Kapetanova Restaurant at Mali Ston
Kapetanova Restaurant at Mali Ston

When you drive into this tiny town, either keep driving around the tower or walk through the arched entrance to the town where you will find a couple of restaurants on the waterfront. We chose to eat at Kapetanova Kuca and were not disappointed.
Fish pate
Fish pate appetiser

Lunch started with an appetiser of fish pate followed by a serve of their famous oysters….fleshy, sweet and  deliciously juicy! Memories of Sydney’s best came flooding back but a comparison was hard.
Ston oysters
The famous Ston oysters

Next, a bowl of seashells buzara.White mussels, black mussels and clams cooked in the traditional way with tomato, garlic, wine and parsley. Perfect with a glass of the local wine!
Ston mussels
Sea shells buzara. A mixture of white and black mussels and clams cooked in the traditional way.

If you are an oyster and seashell lover, this is the lunch spot for you…definitely, as the guide book says, an essential part of your visit!
Which do you prefer, oysters or seashells?
Need to know:
Ston is an easy day trip from Dubrovnik. The drive takes less than an hour.
It can also be visited on the way to Korcula, Mostar or Split
Kapetanova Kuca
Mali Ston, Croatia
Tel: +385 20 754555
Web Site: Restaurant Kapetanova Kuca
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