The island of Hvar is one of the longest islands on the Adriatic. It is located in between the islands of Brac, Vis, Korcula, the Peljesac peninsula and the Makarska seaside. Just opposite the western side of the island lay the Pakleni islands.
Hvar's development has progressed throughout the years. A large number of villages are situated in the island's interior and the larger towns such as Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrboska are located along its coastline. All of the towns are connected by roads and visitors can reach the island by ferryboat.
Hvar has many resources some of which are tourism, agriculture (including cultivation of vineyards, olive trees, fig trees, rosemary, and lavender), fishing, and stockbreeding. Cultivation of lavender and manufacturing lavender oil, up until recently, were the island's main resource. Lavender comes to full bloom in the months of April and June and the island's many lavender plantations become filled with colour and wonderful aromas. Hvar has another tradition that has been carrying on throughout the last 100 years. It is the traditional craft of making lace from the threads of agava leaves which have to be at least 3 years old. Nuns from the Benedictine monastery are masters of this unique craft and take pride in their creativity.
The island of Hvar has a vast and long history. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic era and here the colony of Faros was built by the Greeks. Around 235B.c. the island of Hvar became a part of the Illyrian state of King Argon and then later it came under Roman rule. As a result of the many changes in rule throughout history, Hvar has a large historical as well as cultural heritage.
Today Hvar, with the city of Hvar and other towns, has developed into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Croatia. It offers everything from accommodations in private homes, apartments and pansions, villas and hotels to wonderful restaurants, entertainment and recreation.
The city of Hvar is located on the island's southern coast, opposite the Pakleni islands, and it is a favourite among guests. Here guests can chose from a number of hotels, apartments, and villas to stay in as well s campsites. Visitors can also enjoy the sun on the nudist beaches or take walks by the marina. The city of Hvar is also filled with historical and cultural heritage. In the centre of the city lays the town square. Above the town square, within the city walls are the preserved remains of a palace which once belonged to Croatian royalty which looks over the southern hillside where commoners once lived. Located in the town square is the Arsenal, a beautiful historical monument, which is the oldest theatre in Croatia and is still used today. The cathedral of St. Stjepan, the Paladini palace, the fortress of Fortica, the town balcony, the church of St. Kuzme and Damjan and a Franciscan monastery are just some examples of Hvar's rich cultural heritage.
The Old Town on Hvar is a city as well as a harbour at the foot of the Old Town bay. Once its harbour was a centre for trading by way of sea and now it is a wonderful tourist destination. The Old Town of Hvar has a modern equipped winery, hotels and beautiful beaches. Within the bay there are many smaller coves which have breathtaking beaches and along the northern part of the coastline guests can take part in underwater fishing. Near the island Kabala, for those who enjoy hunting, there are hunting grounds for hunting rabbit and pheasant. The cultural heritage of the Old Town includes the remains of the roman and Old-Christian era (mosaics), the summer home of Petra Hektorovic, the church of St. Rok, a Dominican monastery, the Skor square and much more.
Jelsa is a small harbour town on the northern side of the coast of Hvar. Just east of the town of Jelsa is the sandy cove of Mina and on a nearby peninsula is a beach called Soline. Jelsa is a lovely holiday destination and offers accommodations such as apartments, rooms, bed & breakfasts, villas, luxurious hotels and campsites. Guests can taste Hvar's specialties in one of its many restaurants and taverns.
The town of Vrboska is located in a deep cove and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and pine forests. Vrboska is split in two, the east-Pjace and the west–Padva, and along with the regular village houses guests will see come buildings from the gothic, renaissance and baroque era. The marina in Vrbovsko can hold up to 100 boats and is open throughout the whole year.
Sveta Nedjelja is a town located in the southern rocky area of Hvar. Surrounding the town are vineyards which produce some of Croatia's best wines such as Plavac and the wine cellars in this area are worth visiting.
The Pakleni islands are a cluster of islands, islets and cliffs and are located opposite the southern part of Hvar with the Pakleni canal flowing in between. The largest island in the group is St. Klement and the only inhabited island is Vlaka. These islands are a haven for sailors because of their beautiful inlets and beaches.
On the island of Jerolim, just opposite the city of Hvar, guests can visit the nudist beach as well as its campsite.
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