Ston (it. Stagno ) is a small town with 2,407 inhabitants ( 2011 census ) on the Peljesac peninsula in southern Croatia. It belongs to the Dubrovnik-Neretva county. The fortifications around the city controlled the access to the peninsula of Peljesac.


On the narrow isthmus that connects Peljesac with the mainland, already under Roman rule, the settlement Stagnum was built. On the mountain Stari Grad at Ston the remains of a Roman fort are still recognizable. Also, the salt marshes that exist today, emerged already in Roman times.

In the Middle Ages came Peljesac Dubrovnik Republic in 1333. During this time the present city was established and secured. The salt production in the operated since antiquity large seawater Aline Ston, was the basis of the economy of the city and at times one of the main sources of income of Dubrovnik.

In the 14th century the fortifications was begun with the construction. It emerged three forts that were connected to each other by walls. About 40 towers were part of about 5 km long wall of the still standing to this day parts. Thus, access to the Peljesac peninsula was fully controllable. The total investment in 1506 finished and will be referred to as the longest ramparts in Europe.

1996 directed an earthquake, especially in Veliki Ston heavy damage.

Districts of the municipality of Ston

The municipality of Ston include the following districts with population figures from 2011:

  • Boljenovići, 87
  • Brijesta, 58
  • Broce, 87
  • Česvinica, 55
  • Dančanje, 27
  • Duba Stonska, 36
  • Dubrava, 133
  • Hodilje, 190
  • Luka, 153
  • Mali Ston, 139
  • Metohija, 157
  • Putniković, 82
  • Sparagovići, 114
  • Ston, 549
  • Tomislavovac, 104
  • Zabrdje, 61
  • Zamaslina, 79
  • Zaton Doli, 61
  • Žuljana, 235


Fortress at Ston


Saline in Ston

Oyster farming before Ston

  • Fortress walls
  • Fortress Koruna in Mali Ston
  • Fort Veliki Kastio
  • Franciscan
  • Church of St. Nicholas in 1347
  • Seawater Saline


In the immediate vicinity of the city of oysters and mussels are bred. Ston, with its many restaurants one of the greatest culinary destinations on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea.