The town of Hvar is a unique juncture of magnificent Mediterranean nature, rich and layered cultural and historical heritage, and today fashionable tourist modernity… Hvar is an inexhaustible treasury of sights, atmosphere and adventure. Here is a short introduction to this notable destination.
The name comes from PHAROS – the Greek name for the island and town of Hvar which was once on the locality of the Stari Grad. Hvar acquired its fame and power during the Middle Ages as an important port within the Venetian maritime empire. Today it is the tourist centre of the island and one of the favourite tourist destinations of the Dalmatian Riviera – a town of smiling and polite inhabitants fully dedicated to tourism.
Do not miss
The Croatian Theatre is one of the first municipal theatres in Europe and founded in 1612. It was erected over the Arsenal (a space for returning galleys and warehouse for all maritime supplies). The outer appearance of the theatre has mainly been preserved in its original form while the interior architecture is form the 19th century.
Fortica Fortress (Spanjola) was built on a hill above the old part of the town in the mid16th century. You will not only be thrilled by its architecture and its military history, but you will enjoy the stunning view of the town of Hvar, its surroundings and the nearby islands.
The Benedictine convent on Hvar has existed since 1664 when two nuns came here from Pag. The convent is famous throughout the world for its agave laces, which are attended to only in this convent and the tradition has been cherished for 100-130 years being passed from one generation to the other.
How to get there?
There are two ferryboat lines to the island of Hvar: Stari Grad and Sucuraj. The Stari Grad port has a connection with Split and it is closer to Hvar (20 km), and the trip to the town of Hvar lasts for about ten minutes. The road follows the magnificent southern coastline of the island.
The bus connections with the town of Hvar and Stari Grad and Jelsa are on multiple daily basis, and tickets are bought on the bus.
Milena Budimir / The Adriatic Times