An authentic Croatian experience. 

To reach Villa Ola Mare, you'll drive up meandering, narrow streets flanked by ancient olive groves and towering pine trees. Your view will be a sea of thatched red roofs and the gin-clear Adriatic coastline.


Villa ola mare

What does Ola Mare mean? Mare is a woman's name, meaning "sea" in Italian and in the Dalmatian dialect. Ola is an an old Dalmatian word, no longer in use, except maybe by our most nostalgic grandparents. It means "beautiful."

Ola Mare is what they called our grandmother, Mare, when she was young. She was beautiful, intelligent and confident. We built this house in honor of her, our beloved matriarch, who directed the lives of her family with love—and a firm hand. 

Choosing to stay at Villa Ola Mare, you'll be staying in a family home built on and with love. All the while, you'll bask daily in the stunning views of the Adriatic mare from the second floor balconies.


The geographic area of Tucepi was first settled four thousand years ago by the Illyrians. Until the earthquake of 1962, the majority of its inhabitants lived in scattered hamlets above today's town. The hamlets (Gornji Tucepi, Podpec, Covici, Srida Sela, Simici and Podstup) are simple groupings of homes at the lower foot of the mountain Biokovo.

Though abandoned after the earthquake, over the last few years the locals have been rebuilding their beloved family homes. In the summer, each weekend, one of the hamlets organizes a village party and all tourists looking for local color and culture are invited. Typically, you'll find a band playing traditional music, a theatre performance (in Croatian language), an art exhibit by a talented local or Croatian artist and, best of all, local wine and autochthonous food prepared by locals and consumed with cheer.