ISLAND OF HVAR

A beacon of good vibes

If you’re planning to visit Hvar, Croatia’s most beautiful island, here’s some first-hand information about transport to the island and experiences not to be missed.

WHAT TO SEE

From an agricultural landscape established 2,400 years ago and the stone book of the Hvar poet to the oldest European theatre, the unique agave lace and its famous procession, Hvar is an inexhaustible source of inspiration that you can come back to time and again.

TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS

Stari Grad Plain

Location: Stari Grad

Stari Grad Plain (Greek: Khora Pharu) is the best-preserved ancient Greek landscape in the Mediterranean, planted with the same grape and olive varieties as 2,400 years ago. Since 2008, it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the old town of Stari Grad. In addition to paths and dry stone walls, the plain is distinguished for its stone houses and numerous field chapels and churches.

Petar Hektorović’s Tvrdalj

Location: Stari Grad
Opening times in the season: 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00

The fortified 16th-century summer residence of the Croatian writer Petar Hektorović is the most prominent building and one of the symbols of Stari Grad. The most famous part of Tvrdalj is Ribnjak (Fishpond), a reflection of Hektorović’s favourite pastime from his most celebrated work Fishing and Fishermen’s Conversations (Ribanje i ribarsko prigovaranje).

Fortica Fort

Location: Ul. biskupa Jurja Dubokovića 80, Hvar
Opening times: from 09:00 to 20:00

Hvar’s 16th-century Fortica fort (known locally as Španjola) today houses collections from antiquity and the Middle Ages. It will delight you with its architecture, but also with its unique panoramic view of the town of Hvar and the Pakleni Islands. Even the walk from the Pjaca square and the climb to the fort are special experiences.

Hvar Theatre and Arsenal

Lokacija: Trg svetog Stjepana 44, Hvar
Opening times: from 10:00 to 20:00

The Hvar Theatre is one of the first municipal theatres in Europe. It was built in 1612 on the site of the old Arsenal, a space for repairing galleys and storing naval tools. The exterior part has been preserved in its original form, and the interior dates from the 19th century.

Benedictine monastery and agave lace

Location: Kroz Grodu 13, Hvar
T: + 385 21 741 052

The Hvar agave lace is specific because of the material from which it is made and the connection with the Benedictine convent, which was founded in 1664, a legacy of the poet Hanibal Lucić. Diligent nuns extract thin white threads from fresh agave leaves and process them in a specific way for weaving. Benedictine nuns are especially fond of lace, which represents Christ the Sun and the planets that revolve around him.

Za križen procession

Experience the passion that has connected six places on the island of Hvar for 500 years, and feel its special atmosphere. The Za križen procession is inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. For the people of Hvar, it is a deeply rooted religious tradition that is approached with profound respect.

When: at 22:00 on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter)

Route: simultaneous departure from the six parish churches in Vrbanj, Vrboska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik and Svirče clockwise

Route length: 22 km

Duration: 8 hours

Pakleni Islands

The string of about twenty exotic islands, islets and rocks connected with the town of Hvar is a unique sea experience. Discover turquoise coves, fashionable jetsetter beaches, or hidden wooded oases of peace and quiet that will take you to another dimension. We recommend speedboat trips from Stari Grad or going by boat from the town of Hvar.

Lavender fields

Location: Velo Grablje

One of the distinctive features of Hvar is the purple lavender fields that bloom in summer. Take the old island path to the picturesque ethno-eco villages of Malo and Velo Grablje and spend an active day hiking or walking in this aromatic paradise that heals and relaxes.

Ferrata Hvar

Location: Put Donji Dvori 8, Sveta Nedjelja
Equipment rental and guidance: Cliffbase
T: +385 91 764 8182

The thrilling Ferrata Hvar in the hills above Sveta Nedjelja will encourage you to hike along the southern slopes of the island with a view of the sea and magnificent vineyards and olive groves. The ascent to Ferrata is achieved by small narrow stairs carved into the rock, while the metal Ferrata bridge swings high over the village.

Adventure Park Hvar Jelsa

Location: Burkovo bb, Jelsa
Opening times: 09:00 to 21:00
T: +385 98 172 3932

More than 15 adrenalin-charged and fun activities await you in the exciting forest near the harbour at Jelsa. Try paintball, warrior range, battle archery or a log fight, and have fun like never before.

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