Hvar – island & town
The island Hvar is the queen of the Dalmatian islands and it has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature. Thanks to the mild climate, the warm winters and pleasant summers Hvar receives many guests, scientists and travellers, who are attracted by the dense Mediterranean nature that is not yet destroyed by the industry, so that you can enjoy the fresh fish wit domestic olive oil and the excellent wine amongst other. Hvar was called the”Austrian Madeira” before the 1st World War, and today it is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. When we think of Hvar – we think about the island of heather, sunshine and crickets, the island of lavender, sage and wine and the island of rosemary and secluded coves. Attractive in the summer just as in the winter, with pleasant Mediterranean climate, rich vegetation of palms, aloes, pine trees, laurel, rosemary and lavender and peaceful coves and islets filled with a multitude of pleasant scents.
The town Hvar is an unique blend of luxuriant Mediterranean nature, rich and multi-faceted cultural and historical heritage and a fashionable, tourism present. Situated in a picturesque natural setting, facing the southern, sunny side oft he world, which has endowed it with all the Mediterranean lure and exuberance, facing the sea which has favoured it with an illustrious and unrepeatable history, Hvar is an inexhaustible treasure-chest of sight, experience and adventures. The name is derived from the Greek „Pharos“, the name given in Roman times to both the island and the town situated at the site od today’s Stari Grad (which was the island’s capital until the 13th century, when that function was taken over by Hvar). In the Middle Ages, Hvar achieved renown and power as an important port and part oft he Venetian marine empire. Today, it is the tourisme center of the island and one oft he bast-loved tourist resort on the Dalmatian Riviera – a town of laughing, kind people who are almost all engaged in some tourism-related activity.
Our selection of must-see spots
Fortica (Španjola) Fortress was built above the old city in the mid 16th century. Its architecture and military history will thrill you as much as the view of the city of Hvar and the surrounding islands. Hvar’s cathedral and the Bishop’s palace enclose the east side of the biggest square in Dalmatia – Hvar’s Pjaca (St. Stephen’s sq.). The cathedral is dedicated to St. Stephen, the Pope and martyr, patron of dioceses and city of Hvar. Hvar’s cathedral is also the parish centre.
Hvar’s cathedral and the Bishop’s palace enclose the east side of the biggest square in Dalmatia -Hvar’s Pjaca (St. Stephen’s sq.). The cathedral is dedicated to St. Stephen, the Pope and martyr, patron of dioceses and city of Hvar. Hvar’s cathedral is also the parish centre.
Hvar’s theatre (and Arsenal) is one of the first municipal theatres in Europe. It was founded in 1612. Erected on the ancient Arsenal (a space used for repairing of galleons, and a storage of various seafaring tools). The theatre’s exterior is mostly preserved in its original form. The interior architectonics is from the 19th century.
The Franciscan Monastery was founded in1461. Within the calm and silence of the monastery you can enjoy in monastery’s rich museum, among which the collection of old masters is exceptional.