The town Porat is situated in the southwestern part of Šotovento, far from the city noise and traffic.
The Šabalja family’s hotel Villa Margaret is situated in the vicinity of the monastery in Porat.
It is an ideal place for all those who appreciate peace and quiet. Your senses will revive as soon as you hear the sounds of waves of the stunning Adriatic Sea crushing on the shore right next to the hotel.
Here, you can feel the presence of our ancestors, hear the echo of the monks‘ prayers, smell the amazing scents of the Mediterranean herbs that invite you to take a step into the nature and let your eyes be dazzled by the wonderful blue sea.
The tradition and the symbiosis between the people and the sea make Porat a magnificent place. The difference between a good and poor life of the hardworking indigenous people used to depend on the fish they would catch, on one side, and the outcome of their struggle for the staple crop of the land on the other. The local people say: one should not be afraid of famine as long as there is oil, wine, land and the sea. Today, Porat is known for the monastery of St. Maria Magdalena. This is also a proof of how the prayer and living by the Bible have always been important to the local people who have found religion, tradition and contrition to be of the greatest importance.
Although the island has developed and modernised, Porat still mesmerises by its simplicity and openness as well as the vicinity of the untouched nature and wonderful sea. Not far from Porat, there is a Way of the Cross called Fumak that was made by a local, and it is an important stop for all those who want to feel the magnificence of the nature and the spirit of the faith of this part of the island. The cross that is found at the top of Fumak is the heaviest in Europe.
In the vicinity of Fumak, there are wonderful forest and field paths suitable for walks, running or even bike rides. You can also enjoy the peace and quiet that can be found only in the untouched nature. The Čavlena cove is special and worth seeing, as well as the church of St. Krševan situated nearby. It should be pointed out that in Porat and the surrounding area the local tourist board had the informative signs installed which provide useful information and explain the philosophy of living of the indigenous people and their connection with the nature, land and sea.
Embracing the land (their own organic food production), the sea (fishing), the locality (the magnificent Porat bay) and the tranquillity (safety and comfort offered by the monastery), Villa Margaret really has one-of-a-kind and perfect local advantages offered by this part of the island.
These advantages can be easily tried out if you are a gourmand and willing to put yourself in the hands of the personnel of this gourmet hotel where you will be offered the delicacies prepared by excellent chefs that always put emphasis on the gifts of the sea and the land and the Mediterranean herbs and olive oil known for its salubrity and tastefulness. We are looking forward to your visit and we hope that you will soon experience the tradition, nature and gastronomy of our island!