An infamous part of the island of Hvar for producing exquisite red wines, Sveta Nedjelja is secluded even from the rest of the island…
Resting at sea level from the highest point of the island, the mountain of Sveti Nikola (locals call it Sveti Mikula). Sveta Nedjelja makes for a perfect spot to start a hiking trip either to the top or to the little cave chapel that used to be an augustine monastery up to 1787 AD..
The cave served as the site for an Augustinian monastery in the Middle Ages. The monastery, which existed from the 15th century to 1787, was built in a large opening of the cave where there is also a spring. Today, only the monastery church and a part of a shell of a house are preserved.
The village, which lies half way to the cave, is reached from the sea by a winding path which snakes up through pine woods. A new church was built in the village this century. It has a painting “St. Jerome and the Saints” by Baldassare d’Anna, and a crucifix by Juraj Plančić (1899–1930).
Tradition of Wine making with Terrace farming
Sveta Nedilja is well known for its wine tradition. Vineyards are located on steep south slopes above the village. Wine from this region is characterized by a strong red color and fullness of flavor. Plavac Mali is the most typical red wine grape variety. It is also a hometown of a famous Zlatan Otok winery established in 1986 by Zlatan Plenkovic. Pictured below are the vineyards of plavac mali on the hiking trail up to Sv.Nikola 626m peak. The trail is marked Sv.Nedjelja – Sv.Nikola 1.30h and is the shortest and steepest trail starting at sea level.
Highlights of Sveta Nedjelja
Don’t miss the perfect sunset spot over towards the end of the village. Over a small bridge with one lonely pine tree holding the grounds together.
Like a tree alone and free,
Like a forest in brotherhood/ sisterhood…
That is our desire!’
– Nazim Hikmet
Look for more information on the site for things to do on Hvar and how to get there. Sveta Nedjelja can be reached by road which from Jelsa leads via Pitve through the tunnel to the south shore of Hvar. There is also an unfinished road which leads from Sveta Nedjelja, above the Dubovica cove, towards the main road for Hvar and Stari Grad.