Count on 3 hours of hiking bliss! The first half goes through the barren slopes of the mountain. But – the view! My God, you will often just stop and breathlessly enjoy the beauty.
The second part of the hike is through the forest. You’ll probably be grateful for the shade, but otherwise, this is also something special. The path goes slightly uphill to the right (if you go left, you could have a few hours more of hiking and end up all the way north up to the “Pelješac spine” (or go down to Nakovana and Viganj).
Don’t be surprised if you meet a herd of (wild) horses there. They are wandering free left and right through the forest, but also up and down using the hiking path. If you meet them somewhere narrow, please move aside. If you don’t, the alpha male will make you move by pushing you aside until you make space for the rest of the herd to pass by.
This time we found them all the way up, outside the forest, a few hundred meters from the very peak of sv. Ilija.
The last few hundred meters are again stony, and you must climb a little to the peak. But. It is worthwhile! Once at the peak, you will have an all-around panoramic view. On the east side, over the narrow track of the Sea, you’ll see mountain Biokovo. On the south is the famous Pelješac spine. On the north, islands Hvar and Brač. On the west, Korčula, Lastovo, and, on a clear day, you may see all the way to Italy.
When you decide to come down, walk back to the forest. At the beginning (20 minutes from the peak) is a small hiker house made from stone. It is usually closed, but there are some chairs, tables, and benches. You can rest in the pine shade before you hike back down.
It is a six-hour adventure, but people, if you come somewhere near Pelješac, it is a must-have experience!
Here are some more pictures from our hike (12. June 2022.)