Hvar Island of sun
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.
It is situated in picturesque nature, facing the southern, side of the world that has given it all Mediterranean attraction and cheerfulness; facing sea, that gave it splendid and repeatable history, Hvar is an inexhaustible treasury of the scenery, atmosphere and adventure.
Its name derives from the Greek name for island and town, that stood where today Stari Grad (Hvar became an island’s centre in 13th century) stands – PHAROS.
Hvar gained glory and power during middle ages being an important port within the Venetian, naval empire. Today, it is centre of island’s tourism and one of the favourite destinations in Dalmatian riviera – a town of smiling and courteous people, who are almost only dedicated to tourism.
Town Stari Grad
Stari Grad (Pharos) is the oldest town in Croatia. The same year – 384 b.c. when greek philoshoper Aristotel was born in Trakia, the greeks from the island of Paros in Agean sea have settled the town on the island of Hvar, and named it Pharos.
Stari Grad (eng. “old town”) is historical heart of the island of Hvar. The town is situated in a landscape where the blue of the deep bay touches the green of the wide an famous field of Pharos, with vineyards and olive-groves. The fields used to provide sustenance and the bay provided protection.
Pakleni Otoci – Hell Islands are the prettiest part of Hvar’s, if not the of whole Croatian riviera. A playful chain of woody isles, dipped in a clear, azure sea, a few resorts and swimming areas, and a number of little, hidden away beaches, stone terraces facing sun, and beautiful deserted lagoons make, as someone said, “An Arcadia in grasp of the palm.”
The resorts from the east to the west:
Jerolim – a nudist swimming area The famous and traditional Hvar’s nudist swimming area is situated on the Jerolim isle (which was named after the 15th century church). There are showers and a restaurant. The swimming area can be accessed by the organised, regular boat connection from the port of Hvar.
Stipanska – a nudist swimming area A woody lagoon on Pakleni Otoci, with a number of pebble beaches, numerous hidden places for relaxed enjoyment of the Hvar’s sea and sun, and picturesque submarine life.
There are several restaurants.
The swimming area can be accessed by the organised, regular boat connection from the port of Hvar.
Plamižana -The oldest and most famous Hvar’s resort and the nautical marina.
Palmižana (Vingradišće lagoon precisely) is a spacious lagoon with shallow and sandy beach. It is surrounded by the thick, pine forest, fragrant heather and rosemary bushes and various, exotic plants.
There are several restaurants and B&Bs.
Palmižana can be accessed by the organised, regular boat connection from the port of Hvar.
Vlaka – A traditional, local’s resort on Pakleni Otoci. Once a roman villa, later a village dedicated to St. Clement. Today it is a destination to everyone who wishes to spend holidays on Hvar, in a direct contact with nature and people of Hvar. If you wish to experience plebeian festivity, visit Vlaka on St. Clement’s day, celebrated on the last Sunday in July.
There are several restaurants.
Vlaka can be accessed by own or hired boat.
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