Ecotourism Podaca brings you a sensitively restored old Dalmatian farm house
Villa Anka is found in the picturesque village of Old Podaca which is nestled at the foot of the Biokovo mountain range, 250 metres above sea level. The village is now completely deserted and you, as the guests of Villa Anka, will be the sole inhabitants of this special place. Sitting on the terrace under the grapevines and watching the sun set over the Mediterranean, you can now begin to relax far from the madding crowd. Up here the air is fresh and clean, redolent with the fresh smells of herbs and pine forests. The only disturbance in the stillness will be the calming sound of birdsong.
Despite this splendid isolation, the pristine Adriatic with its magnificent bays and beaches is just over a kilometre away, as are bars and restaurants, a supermarket and post office, as well as the main bus route along the Dalmatian coast which enables access to the prime tourist sights of the Adriatic. Even though Villa Anka is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, the farmhouse can be easily reached by a sealed road directly from modern day Podaca, which is now situated on the main highway and lies halfway between Split and Dubrovnik.
The old village of Podaca was abandoned after a major earthquake in 1962 when its inhabitants, like those in similar settlements up and down the coast, moved down to the seaside. The original village is considered to be the most significant historic village in the area. In the centre of the town is one of the most important pre-Romanesque churches in all Dalmatia, the church of St. John the Baptist which was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. Beside it stands the Baroque parish church of St. Stephen the Martyr, consecrated in 1762 and built on the site of the remains of the similar church that existed even before the arrival of the Turks in 1499. The church tower was built in 1888 by a rich villager who was one of the builders of the Suez Canal. Medieval tombstones were incorporated into the base of the tower but one is still to be found in its original position next to the church. At the old approach to the village stands a round stone tower on the cliff edge. This tower was built in the 15th century to protect the village from the Turks. Part of the original ramparts can still be seen today. In addition, dotted around the village, are four small chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary built between 1881 and 1901 and where locals still place fresh flowers.
Free access to the Biokovo Nature Park is available to you directly from Old Podaca. The Park was gazetted in 1981 due the its extraordinary biological diversity and unique geology. Within its 19,500 hectares there are many kilometers of mountain trails for walking and cycling.
Villa Anka is let as an ecologically clean house
The farmhouse can accommodate up to 8 people and there is plenty of parking
A special feature of Villa Anka is that pets are most welcome
Eat-in kitchen with fireplace, gas-cooker and running water
Dining-room with fireplace
Large covered terrace with views to the islands of Korcula and Hvar
Two bedrooms, sleeping up to three people each, with balconies looking over the sea
One extra bedroom which sleeps two
Two full bathrooms and one guest bathroom
In addition, there is the unique indulgence of ......... an outdoor shower...Read more
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