A.Ston.ishing Oysters in Croatia!

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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40 Responses to A.Ston.ishing Oysters in Croatia!

  1. Muza-chan July 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Yummy! 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman July 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      They certainly were Lili!

  2. Sophie July 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    What a lovely find, this little village.

    I’m not much of an oyster-eater, I’m afraid, too salty for my taste; I prefer scallops. Strangely, my 11-year-old adores oysters, clams, mussels, you name it…

    • Jenny Freedman July 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      It was an interesting village Sophie. The history they have fascinates me. Your daughter would love the restaurant..everything was delicious!

  3. budget jan July 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I refuse to choose – I love everything from a shell. I would so love to have been on this taste trip 🙁

    • Jenny Freedman July 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      We’ve certainly had some fabulous food this trip Jan. The oysters and mussels here will be remembered!

  4. Marcia July 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m not an oyster fan but I’ll take everything else. It’d be difficult for me to leave Ston, a beautiful town, well worth the visit.

    • Jenny Freedman July 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      That’s Ok, the seashells were fabulous too! It was an interesting little town to visit, Marcia.

  5. [email protected] July 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    “…fleshy, sweet and deliciously juicy” – You have me drooling! Love oysters, and shellfish, too. So this is definitely a lunch spot for me. And I like quaint town like Ston. So will definitely keep it in my mind when we visit Croatia. Thanks for an A.Ston.ishing post!

    • Jenny Freedman July 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Re-reading these words, I feel like some right now too Marisol!It’s a great lunch spot or day trip from Dubrovnik-definitely worth doing!

  6. Jackie Smith July 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    You are killing us with these photos of your trip. . .we could literally follow in your footsteps on this trip and be most happy. Keep ’em coming!

    • Jenny Freedman July 7, 2013 at 5:48 am #

      We’ve had a great trip so far Jackie. It’s nice to be able to share the spots we find. There’s plenty more to come!

  7. Average Traveller July 5, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    For some reason I never really thought of seafood with Croatia before, but with all that coastline it should have been pretty obvious! I love all shellfish but oysters are at the top of my list!

    • Jenny Freedman July 7, 2013 at 5:52 am #

      Many of the small villages on the islands and the coast of Croatia are fishing villages.The selection of fresh sea food is fabulous. sounds as though you’ll have to put Ston on your itinerary of you come to Croatia!

  8. noel July 5, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    Wow, all that seafood, incredible and so mouthwatering, how can I sample this through cyber space? The coastline and areas around Dubrovnik look amazing, will have to put this on my bucket list of places to visit soon.

    Wanted to invite you to a Monday photo linkup called Travel Photo Mondays on my blog, come and join us on Mondays.

    • Jenny Freedman July 7, 2013 at 5:54 am #

      The seafood is certainly worth coming to Croatia for Noel. Thank you for the invitation. I’ll see what has to be done to join it!

  9. Lisa Goodmurphy July 5, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    I had never heard of Ston and it looks to be such a charming little town! I didn’t realize that there was oyster farming in Croatia either and while I love most seafood, I’m not a fan of oysters. Your photos are so enticing that it actually makes me want to try them though!

    • Jenny Freedman July 7, 2013 at 5:55 am #

      They are so sweet Lisa that it might be worth you trying them again! If not, the seashells were delicious too!

  10. Sarah July 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    So glad you loved your experience here. There is a wonderful winery up the peninsular at trstenik (grgic), who make some gorgeous Posip and plavic that you must try. It’s an incredible view, and the winemaker is the bloke from Montelena who stunned the French by beating a whole heap of white burgundies at the Judgement of Paris back in the 70s with his US Chardonnay (yes, he’s moved back home now).
    Unfortunately when we went, eight of us were struck down with terrible food poisoning for several days. We ate at the beachfront in Mali Ston, and to this day, I still eat oysters gingerly. Shows you – always eat at the busier restaurant, even if you have to wait.

    • Jenny Freedman July 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Oh no. I’m glad I read his after we had been Sarah! One of the restaurants was full and the other empty so we chose the full one as we do…glad we did! The wine maker sounds interesting..one to keep in mind for next time. We’ve had some excellent wines here.

  11. Jennifer July 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    How did I miss Ston on our road trip through Croatia?! Now I need to go back to try these delicious looking oysters!

    • Jenny Freedman July 7, 2013 at 5:57 am #

      Ston is a tiny town and easily overlooked but it’s always good to have something to come back for! Little did you think it would be oysters!

  12. Salika Jay July 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    If I really have to pick, it would be oysters. Looks delicious. Beautiful photos of Ston and I love the title. It’s simply A.Ston.ishing! 🙂

  13. Krista July 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    What a pretty little town! I’m a big fan of good oysters so I would love to visit here and taste my way through town. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman July 10, 2013 at 5:32 am #

      It would be perfect for you Krista. The oysters are worth the trip in themselves!

  14. Gold Coast Luxury Apartments July 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Yummy, I could not resist the oysters and the sea shells. Looks like you ate oysters to your heart content. Great blog too.

    • Jenny Freedman July 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Thank you. No, we didn’t have too many..we had to leave room for the sea shells!!

  15. rambofen July 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Yummy…..I have also heard that pearls are found in Oysters and they do this farming for this reason.

    • Jenny Freedman July 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      Yes, pearl farming is carried out in a lot of countries, but here in Ston they are for eating…and delicious they are too!

  16. Michael Leung August 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Is it in Europe?

    • Jenny Freedman August 15, 2013 at 5:41 am #

      Yes Micheale…it’s in Croatia about an hour from Dubrovnik

  17. Amra February 15, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    The Mali Ston’s oysters are the best in the world!! Trust me, I tasted them all over the world. And I keep coming back for more!

    • Jenny Freedman February 15, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      Great to hear Amra. They were certainly delicious. Have you tried any of the Australian oysters…they go a very close second!

  18. Tara February 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    When trying Stone oysters you must try the celebrated Dingac wine (also known as the King of Croatian red wines) from the plavac mali grapes which are similar to the Californian Zinfandel.

    • Jenny Freedman February 28, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      We did try quite a few of the wines from the Plavac Mali grapes but I can’t remember the Dingac wine. One to try when we go back to Croatia! Thanks for visiting Tara.

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