BOTA ŠARE Our oysters

We present Croatia's pearl "Ostrea edulis"; the world's most delicious oyster

Oysters have been cultivated near Dubrovnik, in the seabed of Mali Ston bay, since ancient times and consumed in honour of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, said to have been born from a shell.

Historical legends are telling about the affection of Roman emperors for those pearl shells, especially emphasizing emperor Tiberius crusades in Asia Minor, where oysters from Mali Ston bay were sent to him bedded in chests with dry grass which kept them fresh for days. Considering the fact that emperors starting from Franz Joseph onwards ordered oysters to their residencies, it is beyond any doubt that their quality is exceptional and that they have aphrodisiac properties.

In the 14th century, the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) issued special concessions to inhabitants of Mali Ston. These concessions were all registered in underwater cadastres called Codici di Stagno (Stone codes) in which the underwater parcels, assigned to each concessionaire, were clearly mapped. It was a unique document, the first of its kind at that time. Nutritionalists who have tasted oysters from Mali Ston bay, still favour them over those from other seas, and they have nothing but words of praise for them – the most delicious oysters in the world!

The clean sea, full of salt and minerals which mixes with karst sweet water springs, along with the rich seabed, over which dense plankton clusters move, has made this small bay an ideal biotope for oysters.

At a depth of approximately ten metres, clinging to the sharp edges of rocks, the oysters spend their entire short life in the brackish water feeding on plankton.

In early spring days, around the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19th), the pulpy body of this noble flat shellfish is at its most ripe. Upon opening the oyster with a sharp knife, the iodine, selenium, zinc and chrome content will simply stimulate all your senses.

The oyster meat is extraordinary nutritious because it is an excellent source of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, EP, and 15 g of oyster meat contains the same quantity of vitamin C as 3 g of lemon juice.

For many gastronomists,tasting raw food is a ritual of returning to the early phase of civilization, and oysters are among those rare delicacies which are most delicious raw, with a few drops of lemon juice. There are also oyster soups, oysters fried in breadcrumbs, gratinated oysters, fried or roasted in different ways.

If you want the experience to be perfect, taste oysters accompanied by a Dalmatian song and a good wine!


Experience the magic of a day trip to Mali Ston bay.

We offer day trips to nearby Mali Ston bay where our family has grown oysters for generations and since 1980, has run our family restaurant Bota Šare.

Sailing in a boat, enjoy the untouched natural beauty of the protected eco system of Mali Ston bay, along with the sun and the sea in which many small islets "are bathing".

The entire experience also has an educational character since we gladly share our knowledge and experience about the process of cultivating oysters with our guests.

Learn how to gather oysters and open them in the midst of an oyster farm, find out how to fish traditionally "under a light", pull in the nets, grill a fish and enjoy tasting it.

For those who want more:
After the sun sets, enjoy the ultimate experience of an "Oyster Party"; a party till dawn on the private islet of Banje with shellfish, fish, wine and wonderful live music.

For more details and reservations, please contact:

Pero Šare

M: +385 (0)91 1754 484
T: +385 (0)20 324 034


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