Stunning nature and conducive historical conditions have made the area around Hvar Island an especially alluring part of the Adriatic shore. The present form of the island is a result of many different civilizations that has lived there from the earliest centuries and influenced the ambient environment, creating layer upon layer of cultural history. Nowadays Hvar Island is spotted with abiding symbols and covered in a dense network of monuments.
Hvar Island has larger number of sunny days than any other in the Adriatic and the beginning of human activity has been the rousing shelter for many people, since Neolithic Mediterranean builders, through the Hellenists who settled the towns of Hvar (Pharos in the past), the Romans-builders of its harbours and towns, to the later eras, when the island set an example of cultural and artistic development.
Lately, the island has again appeared on the cultural map of the Mediterranean Sea, and has become the pick summer resort. The Traveller magazine placed it on the list of ten most beautiful islands in the world. Hvar Island has a spirit, a palpable atmosphere filled with the smell of lavender, sage, rosemary, heather, mint, myrtle, thyme and numerous other herbs which fertile soil. The island is full of life. This is a place where the Sun feels at home.
There is no need to travel far to experience the fullness of life – all you need is to sail from one creek to another around Hvar. Hvar Island is evidence that you can fulfill your dreams, or rather the real world can be like from a dream.
Interesting places on Hvar Island:
Close to the southwestern part of the sea shore of the Hvar Island, there is a group of 16 isles and reefs, called Pakleni Islands, which is an exceptional and the most outstanding natural beauty of Hvar. Known as the Arcadia of Hvar, islands are covered with forests with quiet beaches and amazing uninhabited inlets at the coastline, all surrounded by crystal clear sea. The best refuge on Pakleni otoci is the ACI marina Palmižana on the St. Klement isle. The marina is protected from all winds. Still, with a strong southwestern wind, some tidal waves may appear.
Palmižana, surrounded by pine forests and other exotic flora, is the oldest and most recognizable spot on Hvar.
Stari Grad ("old town") is the heart of Hvar. Due to its position in the center of the island, for years and years Stari Grad was a safe harbour to sailors, which have been greeted by town residents on harbour pedal. The town is located in a stunning landscape with deep blue sea and green field of Pharos, vineyards and plantations of olives. The occupations of main part of the inhabitants are wine and olive oil production, cultivation of fruits, fishing and tourism. There are plenty possibilities for accommodation, as well as for dining: many taverns and restaurants serving domestic, healthy food and traditional wines; numerous cultural landmarks, variety of sports and recreation alternatives – all of these draw attention of numerous tourists. Stari Grad bay is a popular stop for majority of the sailors and visitors passing trough middle Dalmatia. The town isn’t shielded from northern winds, but during a hot summer it is one of the few places in Dalmatia with fresh breeze of air. The history of the town, dating back to the beginnings of past millennium, has left many historic landmarks in the structure of Stari Grad.
The smalliest town on the island, Vrboska, is located on the southern part of Hvar Island, at the end of a deep and thin cove. It provides a good shelter from all winds. Because of many little bridges connecting an isle at the center of the cove, it has been called "Little Venice". Vrboska is remarkable for its primeval nature, historical monuments and the architecture of its swindling side-streets. One of many draws of Vrboska has is the Fishermen's museum, where you can see all of the traditional fishermen's equipment.
Jelsa is a calm small town on Hvar, in short a distance to the main tourist spots for all the benefits; but still distant enough to find some peace and quiet. The port of Jelsa has berths up to 12m deep, and is open on the north part; thus it’s not advised to berth in strong bura.