The story of Palmižana and the Meneghello family
When visiting Dalmatia, you will soon discover many unforgettable moments and magical spots simply waiting to be admired, explored and discovered by you. We love all of those places dearly and are looking forward to sharing them with you. However,
with some of those places, more than others, we have a very special connection and whenever we visit them, they awake overwhelming emotions of pure love and calmness. We would like to use this opportunity and tell you a little bit more about one of those places. It is a part of the magical Pakleni islands archipelago, situated on the St Klement island and referred to today as Palmižana.
Palmižana is a unique spot, situated on the end of a deep bay, on the southern side of St Klement island. The picturesque combination of white pebble stones, pristine blue sea, and the surrounding lush green vegetation, along with a rich cultural heritage, enhance the beauty of this paradise on earth and make it a special place in the memories of its many visitors
When talking about the beginning of organized tourism here, we cannot go without mentioning the professor Eugen Meneghello and his family who have dedicated themselves into creating this once remote and rustic place into a paradise of
Professor Meneghello was an enthusiastic botanist, passionate about the idea of transforming the stone island into a magical garden, full of plants and flowers from all over the world. With his sustaining persistence and effort, the results soon became
visible and his hard work initiated what has become one of the most beautiful arboretums of exotic plants in South Europe,abundant with palm trees, yuccas,agaves and various other plants.
Following the first attempts of organized tourism in Hvar, the Meneghello family decided to open their summer house and share their botanical garden with visitors from all over the world. The guesthouse Palmiana Palace was opened in 1909 and has
since then been welcoming more and more curious visitors from all over the world. They visited Palmiana in search of necessary relaxation for the mind, body and soul, all of which the family resort selflessly provided.
It was not difficult for one to fall in love in this place. The warm welcome the family was giving to their guests, accompanied by the untouched nature surrounding the guesthouse and the idyllic overlook of the surrounding islands, was the perfect combination of ingredients needed for a love-at-first-site experience.
Unfortunately, as with many good things, the politics intervened. The work of Professor was abruptly stopped, and his dreams were shattered. The selfless idea of transforming this place into an oasis of peace and nature had to wait for more favorable times.
Despite the rigid communist regime, the familys unique values and tradition were soon continued by the Professors youngest son, Juraj Toto Meneghello. Putting a great deal of effort and strength, he slowly and persistently pursued his
fathers dream, even during the unfavorable times.
In 1967 a young journalist Dagmar Gebauer came from Zagreb to the resort not knowing that her heart will soon be captivated by Eugen Toto and that her life will completely change because of this love. She traded an exciting life in the cosmopolitan Zagreb and moved to a remote island with no water or electricity supplies. Even after Totos early death, she pursued Totos dream implementing the cultural and artistic dimension to it the whole time. Many sacrifices have been made along the way to
transform Palmiana into a unique natural and cultural resort it represents today. The family tradition is continued by Totos and Dagmars three children, who, each in their way, individually add to the value of the area.
Throughout the years, Palmižana has become one of the most popular destinations in the area. It was discovered and visited by many tourists but is still as gorgeous, magical and mystical as it once was. Its beauty lies not only in the visible to the eye but also in the history that is preserved in every rock of the area, in the smell of the surrounding plants and in the atmosphere that captivates you, creates fond memories, warm feelings, lasting friendships and holds a special place in the hearts of its devoted visitors.