Zavala and Sveta Nedjelja / Nedelja
is a small village and harbor, 13 km south of Jelsa, on
the southern coast of Hvar, facing open sea. It is located
on the local road that goes from Jelsa, through Pitve then
through the long and dark tunnel (1400 m) with traffic light
because it's so narrow two cars can't pass each other. Zavala
is situated about 80 m above the sea, two hours by motor-boat
Below the village there are several absolutely beautiful
pebbly beaches with virginly clean and clear water where
you can escape from the crowds of other island's popular
resorts. The most attractive beach is at Petrascica
(with a cave). There is a little bar restaurant preparing
freshly caught fish and refreshments. A perfect place to
enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine. Off the main season
you can have the whole beach just for yourself.
In Zavala one can stay in private accommodation and if you're
looking for a true get away on the island the south side
is the place to go. The place hasn't been cought by mass
tourism and you can enjoy a real peace and connection with
coats between Zavala and the village of Sveta Nedjeja
(10 km west of Zavala) has several little coves with wonderful
fine pebble beaches where you can find some privacy. Some
of them are suitable for skinny dipping as well.
Another beautiful beach can be found in the village of Sveta
Nedjelja itself. The beach is sandy (not really a sand,
but close enogh) and that is probably the reason why it
so popular. It can be pretty crowded in high season.
Sveta Nedjelja is especially known by its wines which have
the reputation of being the best wines of the island of
Hvar, particularly the Plavac red wine. The village is situated
below the highest peak on the island, Sveti Nikola (St.
By a small motor boat it takes about an hour to get there
from Hvar town.