Covered with fields of purple lavender, Hvar is a symbol of the well-kept tradition of organized tourism that has flourished since 1868
Since the beginning of civilization, from the culture of ancient Faros, which dates back to 384/383 BC. and preserved in Roman artefacts, to medieval buildings and Renaissance and Baroque influences, the island of Hvar is richer in history than any other Adriatic island.
Covered with fields of purple lavender, Hvar is a symbol of the well-kept tradition of organized tourism that has flourished since 1868. Unique in its size and beauty, with a mild climate in winters and pleasant summers, the island of Hvar is a place to visit if you are looking for a sunny vacation, in a historical environment rich in nature, flowers, vineyards, olive groves and numerous cultural sights. In addition, the island of Hvar is one of the ten most attractive islands in the world according to “Traveller”.
People eagerly land on its beaches to indulge in unforgettable festivals, exuberant nightlife, concerts or naturist tourism. The town of Hvar is an unmissable destination of all famous people visiting Central Dalmatia.
With an annual average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day and 2843 hours of sunshine per year, the island of Hvar is the sunniest region of all the Adriatic islands. Long after the sun’s rays have disappeared below the horizon, they tend to the vineyards that ultimately yield the widely famous Hvar wines.
What you find here
Visit the Baroque monastery, home of the nuns of the Order of St. Benedict, founded in 1664. There you can see the famous Hvar lace, a souvenir of unique artistic value, which has been produced in this monastery for over 120 years. It is made from dried agave leaves, which are used in particular for lace making. The town of Hvar, bathed in sunshine all year round, is one of the first areas on the Croatian Adriatic, since the times of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth, who built a new one of the supported the first hotels on Hvar. The hotel was built in 1988. Hvar became known as a medical tourism resort because of its mild and healing climate, sea air and sunny days. Tourists from Austria and other countries started to visit Hvar, so soon it was called the Austrian Madeira.
When you are in Hvar town, all streets will lead you to St. Stephen’s Square, popularly called Hvar pjaca. This is the largest, for many, the most beautiful island square in Dalmatia and also the center of the city’s public and social life. The east side is closed off by the Cathedral of Saint Stephen and the fact that the square is in direct contact with the sea gives it a very special feeling. In the middle of the pjaca you can see a municipal well, dating back to 1520. The entire area of the pjaca was fully paved in 1780.
The Vela plaža beach in the center of Hvar is only a five-minute walk from the town center and holds the European Blue Flag as a sign of excellent water quality and protected environment. On the other side of the bay you will find the luxurious Bonj Beach with a restaurant, showers, sun loungers and a massage service. With one of the taxi boats you can go to one of the pebbly beaches on the Paklinski islands, as well as to the two nudist beaches, Stipanska and Jerolim. Milna beach in the village of Milna is located only 5 km from the town of Hvar and is especially recommended for families with children. The beach and the village of Zaraće have natural protection against wind and waves, as does Dubovica beach, which is only 8 km east of Hvar town.
A series of about twenty small islands and reefs stretch out in front of Hvar town. This unique archipelago is called the Paklinski Islands and is by its natural beauty the most striking archipelago off the coast of Hvar. The Paklinski islands are the favorite place to stay for many Hvar residents and their guests because of their forest-covered islands sticking out in the middle of the blue sea and many hidden beaches and stunning bays.
The oldest town in Croatia was founded in 384 BC. Founded by Greek colonists from the island of Paros. They named the new settlement and the entire island Pharos. It is the island’s historic jewel, set in a deep and sheltered bay. For all sailors of the Adriatic, this city is a safe and indispensable port. This ancient city, rich in history, lures visitors with its narrow stone streets, alleys and buildings that make up its rich historical and cultural heritage.
Vrboska is located in a narrow and deep island bay whose two bay sides (Vela and Mola) are connected with a stone bridge, which is why Vrboska is called Little Venice. Surrounded by dense pine forests, bridges, cobbled streets and Renaissance and Gothic houses on both sides of the bay, with a small island in the middle, every visitor to this paradise will be amazed. The stone houses and anchored ships radiate a special feeling and warmth to the whole settlement. During the summer, boats go to Bol on the island of Brač every day.
As a tourist center on the northern part of the island, Jelsa is surrounded by pine forests, sandy beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Numerous remains of summer villas, country houses in Jelsa, St. Mary’s Church,”Gospa od Zdravlja” Church, St.George Square and the piazza are just some of the hallmarks of this town where you can enjoy the walk through history. Jelsa is located in the middle of the island and is an ideal place from which to start numerous trips around the island: Grabac cave and shepherd’s village Humac, Tor, nearby villages Vrisna, Svirče, Pitve, as well as the famous beach Zlatni rat in Bol on the island of Brač. Fresh nights in Jelsa make for a pleasant walk by the sea, while those who want to experience fun dancing and more can find amusement in one of the many bars in Jelsa.
The small fishing settlement on the eastern side of the island of Hvar has a history of more than 2300 years, which was influenced by both the Croats and other peoples who ruled in this area, leaving many traces of their culture and architecture. Throughout history, Sućuraj has been demolished and rebuilt several times. The oldest building in the city is the Franciscan monastery. The stone houses are connected with closed paths, which reminds of a special construction due to the ever present danger of pirate attacks. At the end of the 19th century the current parish church was built and dedicated to Saint George and Sućuraj was named after this church. Also of interest are the Baroque-style St. Anton Church and the Venetian Fortress, both from the 17th century. Sućuraj can be reached by ship from the mainland, from Drvenik near Makarska or by road from Hvar, Stari Grad and Jelsa.
Port of Jelsa
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