The island of Hvar (in Croatian Hvar) is the longest of the Dalmatian islands. Thanks to its mild climate, its untouched nature and its historical monuments, it has been quickly discovered by tourists from all over the world.
Hvar is very attractive for its clean beaches and coves, intact nature, abundance of the sun, for its rich historical and cultural heritage, for its delicious gastronomic offer based on local fish, olive oil, wine and hospitality. Thanks to the climate with large number of solar hours, beautiful nature and crystal clear sea, with favorable temperatures for bathing from May to October, the island of Hvar is an attractive tourist destination. The numerous bays suitable for bathing make Hvar a very welcome destination. The most important villages of the island are: Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Sućuraj and Vrboska. Hvar city is the largest and most important settlement as well as the tourist center of the island, famous for its hotels and its rich nightlife. Vrboska and Jelsa are small villages that transmit the atmosphere of the Mediterranean of the past. Stari Grad is famous for its plain of the Greek colonization era of the city (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Sućuraj is a small and picturesque tourist and fishing village. Opposite the western part of the southern coast of Hvar there are the Pakleni islands and in front of the central part of the island is located the island of Ščedro. The island of Hvar is known for its pleasant Mediterranean climate and for the maximum number of solar hours. Summers are dry, hot and long; winters are mild and short. Temperatures below zero are very rare. The gastronomic offer of restaurants, taverns and taverns includes local and traditional specialties based on fish, shellfish, seafood, wine and olive oil.
What to see: the island and its surroundings
The Fortress is located in the town of Hvar at the top of the hill above the old town. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century and rebuilt after an explosion in the gunpowder warehouse destroyed it in 1579, but owes its final appearance to numerous subsequent modifications. Today it houses a collection of antique and medieval amphoras and objects. The view that can be enjoyed from the Fortress is incomparable.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral:
It is located in the town of Hvar in the eastern part of the main square – built on the remains of a pre-existing sixth century church and owes its current appearance to works done in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Arsenal and Theater:
The Arsenal is located in Hvar city and was built in the 13th century – in 1612 the theater was built on the first floor of the building. It is one of the oldest in Europe.
uilt in the fifteenth century, it has inside three permanent exhibitions of paintings, manuscripts, ancient coins and incunabula.
Church of St. Anthony in Sucuraj:
Built in 1663 during the Venetian rule of Sucuraj, it is located at the point where three borders meet, the Venetian, the Turkish and the Dubrovnik.
Many refugees reached Sucuraj in their escape from the Turks becoming inhabitants of Sucuraj and built the church with baroque bell tower and which today houses a rich archaeological collection.
On the eastern tip of the island Hvar is the lighthouse built in 1889 – near this lighthouse there is a second oldest destroyed during the Second World War.
Bridges of Vrboska:
Vrboska is located on the sides of a long and deep inlet of the sea, and the two banks are connected by small bridges that give the village a special charm
Church of San Giovanni a Jelsa:
This church with the square that surrounds it and the parish church is one of the most harmonious and ancient parts of Jelsa. The church was built in the fifteenth century.
Da fare sull'isola
A partire dall’isola Hvar sono possibili diverse escursioni verso le isole vicine, in particolare:
– visita in barca alla Grotta Blu sull’isola Bisevo e alla Grotta Verde sull’isola Ravnik con possibilità di vedere gli interni delle due grotte illuminate dai raggi del sole;
– visita all’isola Vis, alla baia di Stiniva, al pittoresco villaggio di Komiza con esplorazione dell’arcipelago di isole, isolette e scogli lungo la costa dell’isola;
– pesca in mare aperto con un pescatore professionista e preparazione a bordo dell’imbarcazione prescekta di specialità a base di pesce pescato al momento;
– crociere giornaliere in barca a vela con visita alle isole Pakleni, all’isola Vis (a sud di Hvar), a Korcula e Brac;
– visita in giornata a Spalato e al Palazzo di Diocleziano approfittando del nuovissimo collegamento in idrovolante, oppure con il più tradizionale catamarano che trasporta solo persone, con o senza guida;
– safari fuoristrada in Jeep, utilizzando dei moderni fuoristrada è possibile seguire una serie di sentieri sterrati che conducono agli angoli più remoti e meno frequentati dell’isola Hvar come la cima del monte San Nicola (626 m sul livello del mare) da dove ammirare una vista panoramica mozzafiato o il villaggio abbandonato di Malo Grablje.
– escursione in kayak verso le isole Pakleni o le baie lungo la costa di Hvar, alla scoperta di un microcosmo di insenature, spiaggette inaccesibili, grotte sottomarine e alti scogli dai quali tuffarsi in mare.
– arrampicata in uno dei numerosi siti attrezzati presenti a Hvar con o senza istruttore e partecipando anche a corsi per principianti.
– escursioni in bicicletta, sia su strada che su sentieri esplorando i piccoli villaggi dell’entroterra dell’isola Hvar, i vigneti, gli uliveti e i bellissimi campi di lavanda dell’isola.