Stone house in the olive grows, minimalist furnishings, open fireplace, just a step away from the sea, invites you to spend the most beautiful moments of your life. Built compressed one to another to improve the insulation, houses are situated on the most suitable micro-climate locations, in places with the most sunshine hours during the year, the spots protected from the cold, North-Eastern wind Bura.
In the past people used only what was directly available to them. In this respect, the cost of living was very avaricious, nature gave people just the bare stone and they have utilized it the best they knew. Almost every construction was built of stone – houses, plots, yards even furnishings.
Stone houses have many advantages – thick stone walls and wooden floors are great isolators and natural materials are most suitable to live in, while the stone beauty and the Mediterranean architecture provide incredible harmony. There are just a few places in the world where you can get such an amount of sea, sun and relaxation as on the Dalmatian coast, while the islands present places of relaxation and untouched nature where you can forget about everyday stress.
Until the beginning of the twentieth-century, houses echoed of many tenants. In the past, houses were inhabited by a few generations of inhabitants who lived all together under the same roof. The average household counted around twenty members. Because of the economic exhaustion, natural disasters and a raid of vine disease, by the end of the World War I many islanders decided to search for a better life on the other continents and states all over the world. People who remained on the islands followed the trends and eventually moved to new, contemporary homes. Little by little stone houses became abandoned and remained for decades as monuments to some other epoch.
And they would probably have stood there for a very long time if tourism hadn’t interfered. In the last twenty years, tourism has completely changed its centennial tradition and practice. In contrast to the industrial revolution which led to an excess of free time and the need for rest after eleven months of work, the internet revolution has added the opportunity to find a perfect destination for spending your holiday with just a few mouse clicks. Nowadays, just one click opens a whole new dimension of a certain destination and precisely by clicking the mouse people have discovered forgotten, abandoned stone houses which seemed like a far better option for spending a vacation than a crowded hotel resort.
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