World Top 7 destination #2 in 2013! Hvar's Stari Grad plain UNESCO World Heritage site! A beautiful local limestone home, backed by the beautiful Dinaric alps and nestled in the hillside on the lower edge of the timeless village of Sveta Nedjelja. The prize winning Zlatan Otok winery, the magnificent Bila Idro marina/grill restaurant with the underwater wine cellar and viewing window, the historic village church with a world renowned art altar piece, and the village market are within a few steps of the house. The island of Hvar was selected by 'Traveler's' magazine as one 10 most beautiful islands in the world, and Croatia Lonely Planet's #5 travel destination of 2012! Nearby towns of Ivan Dolac, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad and Hvar town offer a wealth of historic and cultural sites, beautiful water front vistas and views, fantastic restaurants, shopping, pebble beaches, and more! Excursions to mainland Split, Dubrovnik and Mostar are available through Atlas Travel. UNESCO world heritage sites in Trogir, Sibenik, Diocletian Palace in Split and
the Stari Grad plain right on Hvar. Krka National Park and the famed Zlatini Rat beach on next island of Brac are also available as a day trip. It is truly 'the Mediterranean as it once was'!
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As a retired airline employee I have had the privilege to travel the world and experience many different countries, peoples, cultures and sites. My first encounter with Croatia and the Croatian people came shortly after their war of independence and I fell in love with their new country and their nearly timeless culture. With the opportunity to purchase a beautiful home on a beautiful island in a villahe surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and looking out to Adriatic Sea, how could I resist? My permanent home is in Atlanta and my subdivision there has more than twice the population of my Croatian village.
Croatians are a warm, welcoming people and a delight to know. Hvar is endlessly beautiful and filled with history and largely unspoiled by tourism. The local foods and wines are among the best in the world and by most standards, very affordable. What's not to love!
The view from the balcony is reason enough to become a life long resident. The blend of old Europe with the exuberance of a rapidly developing east European nation is exciting. Mix that with an inviting culture, natural beauty rivaling any place in the world, wonderful wines and olive oils, diving, boating, world class sailing, adventure sports, vibrant night life, and I find it difficult to imagine a more ideal home away from home.