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Hvar

Hvar

Position

The island of Hvar is elongated, oriented east-west and extends over almost 68 km in length. The town of Hvar is located on the south coast of the island of the same name, near the western end of the island. The latter is located 3km south of the island of Brac and north of the island of Korcula, where Marco Polo was born.

History

The town of Hvar is surrounded by water-scarce karst hills, where olive, lavender, rosemary and vine are grown. Hvar is distinguished by its port and its 310 m quay, Renaissance style, named "Fabrika", one of the oldest in Europe, built in 1554 and renovated in 1795. Its "Pjaca" or Place Ste.-Etienne , built in 1449, paved in 1780, with an area of ​​4,500 m2, is one of the largest in Dalmatia. It stretches from the seafront to St. Stephen's Cathedral, in the Baroque Renaissance style, from the 17th century, built on the ruins of a 15th century Gothic Cathedral, destroyed by the Turks, the relics of a Croatian Saint and St. Prosper are kept there. In addition to the 13th century Episcopal Palace, the Loggia and the Clock Tower of the former Rector's Palace, the facade of the Hektorovic Palace, in late Venetian Gothic style from the 15th century, which was never completed, the convent Franciscan, built from 1461 to 1471 and the "Porta del Datolo", which in 1571 was ravaged by the Turks as they went to the battlefield of Lépande. We find on a hill, in addition to the medieval walls, the "Fortica", a Spanish fortress built in 1282 on the ruins of old Illyrian fortifications dating from the 1st century ACN. All the inhabitants had taken refuge there so as not to be massacred during the passage of the Turks. From this point of view, we enjoy a superb panoramic view of the port and the Pakleni islands ("pakleni" translating as "infernal"), extending over a length of 10 km, in a protected area. This archipelago of 25 islets, covered with black pine and Aleppo forests, is known as the "islets of Hell".

Hvar: What to do / What to see?

 
 

Indulgence and fun

In most traditional Dalmatian restaurants we find excellent local dishes, such as those called "pasticada", "peka" (cooked under a metal bell, resting on the coals) of veal shank, pork or octopus, cooked lamb baked, octopus salad, black risotto of cuttlefish, fried calamari, grilled fresh fish, seafood, "prosciutto" (local raw ham) and grill of "ćevapčićis"; beef and veal roulades, served with a salad of raw onions, a "kajmak" (cheese) sauce, "ajvar" (slightly spicy pepper condiment), sometimes presented in a "lepinja" (breads) heated rounds). For dessert, we have the choice between cheesecake, panacotta, tiramisu or Dalmatian "rozata", pepper cake from Stari Grad, pastries with lavender or delicious Croatian wines that can accompany it all.

Sports and recreation

The roads in good condition allow long walks along the steep coasts or in the heart of the vineyards and lavender fields in the center of the island. There are also breathtaking landscapes with small confidential coves. The water in Hvar is fabulous, which offers the possibility of water activities such as windsurfing or kayaking. The island is full of more beautiful places than others to swim! Some rocky beaches are equipped with a staircase to allow swimming. There are also beautiful pebble beaches and some sandy beaches.