Hvar the longest island in the Adriatic Sea, and of course the most beautiful croatian pearl is definitely the place you should visit. Here are some reasons why you should do this: It enchants with many sunny days, beautiful nature, crystal clear beaches, picturesque landscapes, rich cultural and historical heritage, olives, wine and lavender. It belongs to the top 10 world destinations that you should necessarily see, especially for small towns and villages, with delicious home-cooked food and wonderful ambience.
You won’t make a mistake, if you choose this place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, with occasional visits of nightclubs or excursions in the surrounding area. The major areas of the island are: the town of Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Sucuraj and Vrboska and the smaller places like Milina, Sv. Nedelja and Zavala.
The accommodation is offered usually in hotels or private houses or rooms. Whatever you choose, it will be good, because the owners will take care of all your pleasures. The island’s main sectors are tourism, agriculture and fishery.
The most popular grown cultures are olives, rosemary, lavender and vineyard, because of the mild Mediterranean climate and rare snow days (on the highest peak St. Nicholas, 628 meters), 2-3 days in 10 years on average. Hvar is located between the islands of Brac, Vis and Korcula and Peljesac peninsula. The fastest way to get here is ferry line, which is only 5 km from the Makarska Riviera (from Drvenik to Sucuraj), or eventually through international ferry lines from Italy. Direct flight to Hvar doesn’t exist.
Historically, Hvar was populated long ago – the Illyrian queen Teuta lived near Sucuraj, then the Greeks founded the city of Pharos (now Stari Grad), then it fell under the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, like whole Dalmatia. In the following centuries, it was part of the Venice, France, Austria, Italy and Kingdom of SCS. After Second World War as a part of Yugoslavia, and in the end, from 1991, it became a territory of Croatia.
From the places you can visit individually or in organized groups, we recommend:
The town of Hvar and its environment-Fortica fortress, built in the 16th century, above the old town of Hvar, which will delight you with a view of city architecture; The Cathedral which is situated on the largest square St. Stjepan, dedicated to the pope, martyr and patron of the town of Hvar; The theatre which originates from 1612, and which is raised over Arsenal, a place used for repairing galleys, Franciscan Monastery, with its museum collections and of course the Benedict Monastery which is famous for making agave laces, traditionally more than 150 years
In Stari Grad- you can find examples of Renaissance architecture, the house of the poet Peter Hektorovic, the church of St.Stephen from the 17th century, Dominican convent, from the 15th century which today contains a collection of paintings and a library.
Milina, Jelna, Zavala, Ivan Dolac – with their beautiful coves, crystal clear water and beaches that run out of breath. But, if you don’t want this, you can always rent a boat and enjoy the stories about these places, and the incredible beauty around you.