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Janjina is a village in the middle of the Pelješac Peninsula. It is comprised of Janjina (proper) and a tiny hamlet called Zabreže [Behind Hill], so named because it is “hidden” behind a hill. Janjina is also divided into five parts named: Bara, Jaspričići, Prišlići, Dežulovići and Gornje selo. Gornje selo [Upper Village] is comprised of Lovrovići, Gornje selo (proper) and Polutići. Bara and Gornje selo exist at least since the 4th century AD, while the others are likely to have appeared during 15th or 16th century

There is no reliable explanation about the origin of the name Janjina. According to one opinion, the name is derived from a female personal name Janja, because Janjina is also an adjective, meaning: Janja’s. The oldest document that mentions Janjina dates back to year 1222 AD. The document records Janjina’s churches of sv. Stjepan [St. Stephen] and sv. Juraj [St. George].





Pelješac is the second largest peninsula on the Croatian coast. It covers an area of 355 square kilometers. The total length of its coastline is 222 km. Its highest point is Mount Sveti Ilija (Mt. St. Elijah), 961 m above the sea level. Today, Pelješac is divided into four administrative areas, the municipalities of Ston, Janjina, Trpanj and Orebić. The main industries on the peninsula are grape-growing/wine-making and tourism. Oyster and mussel cultivation and in recent times fish farming, are important economies along the peninsula’s northern shoreline, on the so-called Malo more [Little Sea]. The oysters grown in the bay of Sutvid during 19th century were served not only in Sarajevo and Zagreb, but also in Vienna, Prague and Paris.



Sutvid -  kamenice uzgojane  još tijekom 19. stoljeća


Bay of Sutvid has long tradition of shellfish cultivation



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