Sveta Nedilja (Holy Sunday in
English) is a small village on the southern side of the island of Hvar, below St. Nicholas
(the island's highest peak - 626 m) and about 12 km east of the Hvar town. There are about 150 inhabitants, mostly live from
viticulture, olive-growing and tourism.
Cave, which is situated above Sveta Nedilja village, was inhabited in
the Neolithic Age. The Augustinians built a monastery and small church in the
cave in the 15th century. They left monastery in 1787, but church was in use
until another church was built in the village (1823). Today, only the
monastery church and a part of a shell of a monastery are preserved.
Visitors can reach the cave easily and the view (to the island
Korčula and open sea) from the cave is spectacular. The
new church was dedicated to St. Spiridon, patron of Sveta
Nedjelja, celebrated on December 14th. This church contains oltar painting
"Saint Jeronim in the desert" by Baldassara d'Anne (1572-1646), and
the cemetery chapel contains the painting "Crucifixion" by Juraj
Plančić, a famous Croatian painter (1899—1930).
Sveta Nedjelja, a well-known centre for production of the best red wines, is
grown by vineyards. The most famous wine is Plavac Mali (small
Plavac in English) which has the reputation of being the best wine of the island of Hvar and one of the best Croatian red wines.
The coast around Sveta Nedjelja has several little bays with fine pebble beaches.
Here you can enjoy intact nature and clear sea. The village is approached
from the beach along a winding path which runs through a small pine wood.
There are a taxi boats to the nearby island of
Šćedro (where is a naturist beach) and a possibility of fishing,
windsurfing and recreational hiking to the cave on the top of the hill. Near
Sveta Nedjelja the island is full of rock walls and there are numerous fixed free-climbing
paths, so it is a very popular free-climbing destination.
In Sveta Nedjelja you can find accommodation
in a high quality private apartments and rooms. Here you will
find a small market and a few restaurants as well.