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HVAR.

The island of Hvar is one of the most beautiful Croatian islands. Hvar was already known in the past because of its important strategic and nautical position. Thanks to the mild climate, the warm winters and pleasant summers, Hvar receives many guests, scientists and travellers, who are attracted by the dense Mediterranean nature, the rich tradition, the architecture and the nightlife.

On the island the guests can enjoy nature and its fresh air. There are fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards. Guests who would like to get the taste of these fresh products must absolutely stop at a small inn "konoba". He will taste real home-made wine instead of some famous sparkling wines; he will hear the old island songs and forget the monotony of the everyday routine. Every guest is really a Guest here.
Throughout the centuries lots of cultures have passed Hvar. Lots of reminders can yet be seen on the island. Hvar has celebrated 140 years of organised tourism, and today it is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. On the island are several interesting things to see for example Hvar town, boat excursions to Pakleni Islands, sandy beaches near Jelsa, the ancient town Stari Grad, heavenly beaches under pine trees in Zavala, the exotic atmosphere of the south cliffs in Ivan Dolac, Sveta Nedilja or MIlna, the "little Venice" ambient in Vrboska, the lavender fields near Zastrazisce, Gdinj and Bogomolje, peaceful secluded bays near Sucuraj and lots more.

VILLAGES ON HVAR.

map of Hvar


Basina

Basina is one of the most beautiful bays of the island of Hvar. Basina is situated on the north-eastern side, in the middle of the island, and it is only a few kilometres away from Starigrad, Jelsa and Vrboska. It is surrounded by thick pine forest and immersed in fields of olive trees, lavender and vine plantations. There’s an extraordinary nature, clean coasts and sea water.

This area offers a possibility of a peaceful vacation without cars or too many tourists. Basina is located within three beautiful coves. This area is very interesting for surfers (especially the beginners) and to all of those that prefer a peaceful vacation in unspoiled natural surroundings.



Hvar

The town of Hvar is a unique blend of beautiful Mediterranean nature, cultural and historical heritage and a fashionable tourist present. Situated in a picturesque natural setting, facing the southern, sunny side of the world, which has endowed it with all the Mediterranean lure and exuberance, facing the sea, which has favoured it with an illustrious history, Hvar is an inexhaustible treasure-chest of sights, experiences and adventures.
The name is derived from the Greek Pharos, the name given in Roman times to both the island and the town situated at the site of today's Stari Grad (which was the island's capital until the 13th century, when that function was taken over by Hvar). In the Middle Ages, Hvar achieved renown and power as an important port and part of the Venetian marine empire. Today, it is the tourist centre of the island and one of the best-loved tourist resorts on the Dalmatian Riviera - a town of laughing, kind people who are almost all engaged in some tourism-related activity.
Hvar is an ancient town with a rich history. It’s the place with the most hours of sunshine of all the islands in the Adriatic Sea. Hvar is characterized by its nice architecture, the wonderful nature and its mild climate.
Next to sea is a waterfront promenade with a row of palm trees and old walls from the 7th century. The fortresses that protected Hvar, is overlooking the town, extending downwards to the Venetian loggia
. In the centre of town, the magnificent piazza is situated. It’s a square that is considered to be the most beautiful in Dalmatia and is dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral. At the square are the palaces of Groda and the cascading stone-built houses of Burag.
Hvar is a little town museum. Renaissance has shaped its appearance. Hvar is a jewel hidden by the time. The fortress Fortica (Spanjola), the cathedral of Hvar, the theatre of Hvar established in 1612 with the arsenal and the Franciscan monastery are absolutely worthwhile visiting. The municipal theatre is the oldest in Europe.
The night life in Hvar attracts numerous young people. Besides the nice beaches with crystal clear water youngsters can have a great time in the evening. One of the most famous cocktail bars in Dalmatia, Carpe Diem, is situated on the promenade next to the sea. Here you can enjoy great cocktails. The youngsters can also go dancing until the morning in disco in Fortica.
Special delights on Hvar are the untouched bays near the town. You can reach them by car, by bicycle or by a nice walk through the beautiful Mediterranean landscapes. It is possible to swim in these bays, and in almost every bay there is a restaurant or café. If we add to these natural beauties the excellent private accommodation with Mediterranean cordiality and kindness of the hosts then Hvar becomes an ideal holiday destination for couples and families.


Sucuraj

Sucuraj is a picturesque small town on the east cape of the island. It’s located in a marvellous décor, surrounded by the hills of Biokovo, the peninsula Peljesac and the Adriatic Sea. Regular ferry lines connect it with Drvenik. It is the most important port on this side of the island. Traffic goes on by road towards all the places on the island and to the mainland, and this has conditioned the development of the tourism. Chief occupations include farming, viniculture, olive growing, fishing, fish processing and tourism.
The first written documents about Sucuraj are from the 14th century and are preserved until today, while the ancient Sucuraj is mentioned already in the famous epic 'Iliadie' written by Homer, in which Sucuraj is named Kila and was situated on the east of island Leke (island Hvar).
The continuity of cultures dating from Illyrian times is easily understood, because Sucuraj represents an important strategic and geographic position. The danger of attack by pirates from the Neretva valley in Turkish times led to the construction of rustic, closed to the street houses but open out in the rear. The houses are connected on the courtyard side by a series of arches. This type of building shows the defensive character of the town. During Venetian rule Sucuraj was at the point where three borders met; the Venetian, the Turkish and that of the state of Dubrovnik.
Shepherds' and fishermen's cottages were built there in the 16th century and were home to 150 inhabitants. The Augustinians built the monastery, today's parish courthouse. They were led by the Franciscans from the monastery in Zaostrog, who established two hospices with the chapels of St Anthony and St Cross. The fortification was erected by Venice in 1631. A picturesque square is in front of the Baroque church of St. Anthony. The church of St. Anthony contains a collection of fragments of stone architecture (lapidarium). Sucuraj got its name from the church of St. George which was recorded as early as in 1331. The new parish church of St. George dates from the end of the 19th century. The celebration of the patron saint takes place in April the 23rd, which is also the Municipal day. In the porch can be seen a grave epigraph in Cyrillic letters which points to the continental descent of part of the inhabitants.
Many beaches in the bays, in the area of Sucuraj or in the nearer surrounding, make it possible for every guest to find his place under the sun. The bay Perna, 1,5 km away from the city and the bay Mlaska, 3 km away, are unique rarities on the Adriatic Sea because of the fine sand on the bottom of the sea, which can’t be found anywhere around.
There are many types of recreation: day and night fishing, riding bicycle, sailing, diving, the cultural summer with various events, in which the folk feast 'Ribarske noci' - 'Nights of the fishermen' stands as a special experience.


Jelsa

The village Jelsa is located in a bay on the northern coast of the island of Hvar. It’s known for its dense vegetation and fragrant fields of lavender. On both sides of the harbour there are wooded coves ideal for relaxation and swimming. The economy is based on farming, viticulture, olive growing, fishing, shipbuilding, seafaring and tourism. Jelsa is located on the regional road running throughout the island. There are also regular ship lines with Split and Bol on the island of Brac.
Surrounded with olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean plants, Jelsa was already being developed since the 13th century as the port of Pitve, the village 3 km in land from the sea, below Gozd. "Fons vocata Ielsa", the swamp in the vicinity, gave the name to the settlement. Jelsa is still dominated by tall poplar trees, what’s an unusual sight for a Dalmatian island.
The church of St. Mary was fortified in 1535 and could successfully defend the place from Turkish attack in 1571. The first houses were built around the Gothic church of St Michael at Mala banda on the northern side of the bay. Another group of houses developed around the Baroque church of St John on another rock. This church is decorated as an example of beautiful stonework, on the picturesque town square, and surrounded by the Renaissance and Baroque houses of the boat owners of Jelsa. The fortified parish church of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian was built in the 16th century. One of the Baroque altars is a work by the wood-carver Antonio Porri. The New Park features a monument to the Croatian composer A. Dobronic. In the vicinity of Jelsa are the remains of a Greek fortress called Tor, and on the locality of Crkvica the remains of an antique structure. Today Jelsa is an important tourist centre. There are many sports and recreational opportunities. Tennis courts, tennis, miniature golf, boccia courts, water sports and diving school are all at your disposal. An exquisite gastronomic offer is awaiting you here; fresh seafood and the famous wines of Hvar.
Every year Jelsa plays host to musical, drama and folklore events called the “Days of Antun Dobronic”. Also some other occasional cultural and entertainment programs are organized in the summer months. The squares and the local open-air cinema serve as a stage for contemporary music concerts and male harmony group performances (“klape”- autochtonous a capella singers). There is a discotheque in the centre of Jelsa. A traditional Wine fair is organized every year during the last week in August, when the best wines from Hvar are on display together with local gastronomic specialties.


Stari Grad

Stari Grad is one of the oldest European towns and the oldest town on the island inhabited already in the 4th century B.C. by Greeks who called it Pharos. Greeks had built giant 9 km long walls to protect the town. Its very rich history is visible today in many historic monuments, like large mosaic in Srednja ulica, that is covered with pavement, which presents the remains from the Roman and Early Christian period. There is an early Christian baptistery in the medieval church of St. Ivan from the 12th century and the remains of villa rustica on the site "Pod Dolom".
Tvrdalj, the fortified summer residence of Petar Hektorovic, has epigraphs in Croatian and Latin chiselled in the stone, and a fish-pond surrounded with arcades, park and ethnographic collection. There is the sculpture of Hektorovic in front it. The Dominican monastery founded in 1482 keeps the old library, archive, collection of paintings, collection of stone monuments, numismatic collection and collection of fossils. The baroque parish was built in the 17th century. There is also the renaissance church of St. Rok from 1569 and renaissance church of St. Jerolim.
If you like outdoor activities you have many sports and recreational opportunities like tennis, basketball, football, boccia, including water sports like surfing, diving which attract many visitors to this corner of the Adriatic Sea.
The summer months offer numerous cultural and sports events such as the Summer of Stari Grad, concerts, recitals, shows. Stari Grad hosts the International Summer Music School in July and August. The first Sunday in September attracts many swimmers on the Faros Marathon, International Croatia Cup in long-distance swimming.
Stari Grad is enclosed on the one side with the land and the fields of lavender and vineyards, and on the other side it is protected by the sea and has a special tourist attractiveness. It is one of the most visited holiday resorts on the Adriatic. The surrounding sea is well-known for its rich fish world, and the beaches are rocky, concrete and pebble. Smaller beaches are located in the coves inside the bay, and the underwater fishing is possible along the northern coast of the bay.


Zavala

Zavala is a village and small harbour on the southern coast of the island of Hvar. It's known for its untouched nature and beautiful gravel beaches. Across Zavala lays the uninhabited island Scedro, what is a natural paradise. The villages Ivan Dolac and Sveta Nedjelja are located in the immediate vicinity. Zavala is a picturesque village, on a slope by the sea with several beautiful pebble beaches. The most attractive is at Petraščica (with a cave).
Zavala is famous for its excellent white wine (bogdanjuša).
It’s an ideal destination for those who want to escape from the city crowd and for guests who would like to relax with the scents of lavender and rosemary, have a view on picturesque olive trees, vineyards and a clear sea with a magical undersea life.


Vrboska
Vrboska, the smallest town on the sunny island Hvar, is special because of its geographical location. It’s located in a picturesque, deep cove surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and a forest of pine. Vrboska has a very beautiful little island in the middle of the bay connected with bridges, and therefore it is named Little Venice. The village has been settled since the ancient time and it developed into a fisherman's village and later into a wonderful little town. It owes its charm thanks to the typical Mediterranean popular architecture.
One of the attractions of Vrboska is the fishermen's museum. The collection of the museum includes all traditional fishermen's equipment such as all kinds of nets, tools and rests of machines of the former fish factory. There is also an old reconstructed fishermen's house;
The most outstanding building is the church (fortress) of St. Mary of Grace from the 16th century. It was built by the local people to defend themselves against the Turks. It is the most beautiful fortress in Croatia. In the west is the parish- church of St. Lovrinac from the 15th century. It was adapted in the 17th century in the baroque style. There is also the Church of St. Peter from the year 1331, which is considered as one of the oldest sacral buildings on the island.
Vrboska is known for its beautiful gravel and sandy beaches, clear air, crystal blue sea and untouched nature. There is also the nudist island Zecevo.
Every day there are organized boat-excursions leaving from Vrboska to the famous beach Zlatni rat on the island of Brac.

Sveta Nedija
Sveta Nedija is a village below Sveti Nikola, the highest peak (626 m) of the island. It’s located 12 km from the city of Hvar. Sveta Nedjilja is situated on steep and sunny slopes, what makes it an ideal place for the production of wine. Sveta Nedija is a famous centre for the production of the best types of red wine (plavac).The coast between Sveta Nedjelja and Zavala has several little coves with wonderful fine pebble beaches where you can find some privacy. Sveta Nedilja is a very popular free-climbing destination. There is a small market in the village and several restaurants that serve local dishes and excellent wines.

Milna
Milna is situated 6 km away from the town of Hvar, in a protected cove with two sandy beaches, separated from each other by a pine forest. Milna provides all opportunities for pleasant vacations, both in summer and winter months. On the eastern slopes above the bay, there is a village of Malo Grablje. In the vicinity there are several beautiful and peaceful beaches and coves.
In Milna there is a market and seven restaurants where you can eat and enjoy fresh fish, home grown vegetables, olive oil and domestic wine. Every day trips are arranged for islands around Hvar: Vis, Bisevo, Korcula, Mljet. For recreation there are tennis courts, scuba diving, small boat rentals and a special attraction - donkey riding. Milna is an ideal vacation spot for those that seek peace and tranquillity during the day, and nightlife and fun during the hot summer nights in the nearby town of Hvar.

Ivan Dolac
Ivan Dolac is a tourist village situated on the southern part of the island Hvar, 10 km from Jelsa, 20 km from Stari Grad and 38 km from the town of Hvar. Ivan Dolac is famous for its grape-growing fields that give wine of exceptional quality. Except good wine, Ivan Dolac is rearing with its environment, full of aromatic plants (lavender and rosemary) and other flora of Mediterranean climate.

Its gravel beaches (the most famous are Šuplja stina and Lučišće near Sveta Nedjelja, Jagodna, Paklina, Petarčica) make it a very attractive destination for all those who want a peaceful vacation without the city rush. Picturesque Mediterranean natural surrounding and its closeness to the sea , offer you the immense varieties of sights , day and night long, and make the place an attractive resort for your holidays. There is a market and several restaurants in the village - everything else can be found in the nearby town of Jelsa.

Crvene Stijene (Red Rocks)

Crvene Stijene lays about 8 km east of Hvar. It’s an interesting an unusual place to visit Layers of lime-stone, between which were once layers of breccia, have risen vertically in the ancient geological history of Hvar. The softer breccia layers were washed out by the rain and sea, creating vertical hollows of a reddish colour that today appears as a gigantic organ streaming from the bottom of the sea.

Pakleni Otoci (Resin Islands)
Resin Islands HvarThe Pakleni Otoci are the most beautiful part of the Hvar riviera, if not of the whole Dalmatian coast. A cluster of wooded islands immersed in a translucent, azure sea, numerous bathing places, a myriad of small, secluded beaches, stone terraces facing the sun and beautiful deserted coves make up, as somebody said, an "arcadia within reach".
The favourite excursion spots are the beaches Jerolim and Stipanska. These are naturist beaches. The coast is mostly rocky but there are also many small coves with pebbled beaches. Lots of other naturist beaches can be found all along the islands. All over the Paklina islands clothing isoptional.
Camping is forbidden throughout Pakleni.

The closest island is Jerolim directly opposite Hvar Town. The island is named after a disappeared church. It’s one of the favourite places for naturists. The islet is rocky but there are pine trees so people can enjoy the shade. The beach is conveniently equipped with showers and a shop.
Nearby is the island Marinkovac. Here lays another naturist beach Stipanska. It’s also equipped with showers and a shop. Another idyllic cove on Marinkovac is Zdrilca which has several pebble beaches.
The largest Pakleni Island is Sveti Klement, sometimes called Veliki Otok or Big Island. It’s known for the beautiful hamlet Palmizana. Here, azure blue waves lick a fine pebbled cove surrounded by pine forests and heather fields. Palmizana has been a favourite getaway for the people of Hvar since the turn of the 20th century when Professor Eugen Meneghello built a summer house and inn there. Now it’s a small museum and gallery. Vlaka is nearby. It’s a small fishing village reachable by foot. Its one hour walking from Palmizana. Scuba divers love Palmizana for the vibrant underwater life.

Getting to the Pakleni Islands
The best way to go to the Pakleni Islands is to have your own boat and dock it at the ACI Marina at Palmizana, or the cove of Zdrilca. If not, no problem. There is a daily passenger ferry from Hvar town that drops you off in Jerolim, Stipanska or Palmizana.

lavendel at Hvar

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