SVETA NEDELJA, HVAR ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Sveta Nedelja

Sveta Nedjelja (local name for Santa Domenica) is the village nestling on the slopes below the highest peak on the island of Hvar, about 12 km east from the town of Hvar, officially the sunniest spot on the Adriatic. The coast on this side of the island is separated from the main towns by mountains and is therefore relatively isolated. The main road access to the village is through a tunnel from Jelsa on the other side of the island. The sun-drenched slopes above the village produce the famous grape "Plavac Mali" from which they make the delicious red wine Zlatni Plavac. The village is very tranquil, with red roofed residential homes scattered on the hillside, around the village church. There is a small market in the village and several restaurants that serve local dishes and excellent vines. The atmosphere is one of the wholesome, sustainable living, and you will enjoy tasting great local olive oil, wines and lavender perfume.


The local coast has several little coves with wonderful and uncrowded pebble beaches, one of them just below the village, reached by a path winding down through pine woods. The area around Sv. Nedjelja has some of the best rock climbing on Hvar. The weather is so good, you can climb all year round. Intact nature and clear sea add to the special atmosphere. All the villas in Sv. Nedljelja are suitable for relaxed family holidays, with a beach and lots to do.


A special attraction is a mountain cave in which the Augustinian monks built a church and monastery in the 15th century and stayed there until 1787. The remains of the church can still be seen today and the hike is among the most spectacular on the island. This site was even used in the Neolithic era, and has a spiritual quality to it. The scenery from up there is stunning as is the view that reaches to Italy on clear days. Today, only the monastery church and a part of a shell of a house are preserved. The village of Sveta Nedjelja is located on the south side of the Island of Hvar. The coast on this side of the island is separated from the main towns by a mountain and is therefore relatively isolated.


Hvar island

Hvar island is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island It is a part of the central Dalmatian archipelago and has a length of 68 km and a maximum with width of only 10.5 km. Hvar is famed for its benign climate - it has over 2700 sunshine hours a year and its winters are exceptionally mild. The interior of Hvar is planted with olive groves and vineyards. Hvar olive groves provide excellent local olive oil. Hvar red and white wines are delicious, particularly the red called Zlatan Plavac. Hvar is also famous for its great fields of wild lavender which scent the whole island and are of amazing purple colour in June and July. Lavender products, such as soap and perfume are available to buy.


Hvar Town and the Pakleni Otoci islands
Hvar Town and the Pakleni Otoci islands

Sporting activities available on the island include windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba-diving, sailing, swimming, fishing, bicycling along wonderful country roads, walking and climbing. Hvar's indebted coastline and deep bays and offshore small islands provide many sheltered harbours and quiet beaches. But more than anything Hvar is notable for it gorgeous and historic harbour towns, the most significant being Hvar Town itself,


Hvar is reached by regulular car ferry service from Split to Stari Grad and from to Drvenik to Sucuraj at the eastern end of the island. Catamaran passenger ferries operate to Hvar Town and Jelsa.


Hvar Town

Hvar is one of the most beautiful and most fashionable towns in Croatia. It is small and relaxing, but it is full of great Italianate medieval architecture, 700 years old city walls, dominated by what is arguably the most beautiful ancient town square in Croatia. Paved with ancient stone slabs the square is and surrounded by renaissance palaces from the 15th and 16th century. Amongst the most beautiful of these is the old 17th century theatre and a Venetian loggia. Narrow streets with old houses and villas radiate away from the town square, and several grand hotels from the bygone age are facing the square. Lively restaurants and bars are another attraction for tourists and many grand yachts jostle for a position in the little harbour lined with palm trees. On top of the hill is an old fortress from which there is a spectacular view of the sea and islands. .Walking along the harbour front to the town square to relax in the cafes, bars and restaurants, enjoying a cappuccino, an ice-cream, a cool beer or a lunch of grilled fresh fish and marvellous olive oils and local wines, whilst the world lazily passes by; these are the simple pleasures of holidaying in Hvar.


Hvar Town
Hvar Town
Enjoying a coffee in Hvar town
Enjoying a coffee in Hvar town
Pakleni Otoci Islands
Pakleni Otoci Islands
Lavender fields on Hvar
Lavender fields on Hvar
Pokrivenik Bay
Pokrivenik Bay

Hvar is unique in that it both relaxing and restful, whilst at the same time having a lively atmosphere. There is history, architecture, superb dining, walks along narrow cobbled streets, all kinds of sports, as well as smart nightclubs, beaches and swimming. It is popular with the sailing community, young adults and family groups, not to mention European royalty and Hollywood celebrities. There is really something for everyone. Many good restaurants and bars are dotted all around the town of Hvar, serving either simple fresh seafood and pasta, or providing a full-on gastronomic experience, such as Macondo restaurant in one of the small Hvar side streets. Seasoned party goers recommend the Carpe Diem nightclub in the harbour, which is furnished with exotic Arabian furniture and dècor and provides cocktails and champagne until small hours of the morning.


More superb restaurants are located on the nearby Pakleni islands, which can be reached reach by taxi boats running from the town quay. Our favourites are Patak (also known as Kod Patka) and Meneghello, the latter in a lush tropical garden and decorated with exotic art work; they are both restaurants which provide great cooking and a magical location.


There are swimming areas and small beaches as you walk along the coast path around the town. Some of the most beautiful beaches are to be found on the Pakleni islands such as Palmizana and Stipanska beaches, reached by taxi boat from Hvar town.


Jelsa harbour
Jelsa harbour

Other towns on the island.

Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrbovska, on the north side of the island are all delightful harbour towns with the typical stone houses, busy harbours tight with local fishing boats and visiting yachts. Waterside restaurants and cafes surround the harbours and nearby beaches provide excellent swimming. Inland Also smaller villages such as Dol, Zavala and many others. are worth a visit.


Vrboska
Vrboska
Stari Grad
Stari Grad
Jelsa
Jelsa

Our Villas in Sveta Nedelja


Villa Petronella
Villa Petronella A large 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom air-conditioned villa which can be rented as a whole or as individual 1, 2 and 4 bedroom apartments. Peaceful seaside position large Mediterranean garden, pool, children's playground and lovely sea views, internet and its own boat mooring, only a 5 minutes' walk from a pebbly beach. Pet friendly.
Phara Bay Apartments
Phara Bay Apartments Phara Bay Apartments are bright, modern apartments on the breath-taking Island of Hvar. There are four Superior 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartments, and a Penthouse. The sea and beach are only 150m away. Each apartment has a balcony with sea view. Parking. Air-conditioning and heating. Internet. BBQ. Boat mooring. Pet friendly.


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