Hvar is the sunniest, most popular and the island with the most guests in the Croatian Adriatic Sea. Hvar has been elected as one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world (by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, November 2006).
Rich cultural and historic heritage that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal blue sea and the hospitality of the local people are the guarantees of a holiday you will always remember.
summer vacation in the town of Hvar, a town full of beautiful
ancient squares surrounded by nice stone houses, palaces in renaissance and
baroque styles, churches, restaurants, cafeterias, strong defensive town walls
and big fortresses. At the main town square you will see one of the oldest
theatres in Europe, built in 1612.
In Hvar you will also find beautiful sandy and pebbly beaches, sunbathing rocks, everything you need for perfect relaxation. Your imagination will be stimulated by an extraordinary view at the Paklina archipelago, consisting of a group of magnificient tiny islands just off the harbour of the town of Hvar. Taxi boats leave the Hvar harbour every half an hour. St. Clement's island, the biggest in this group of islets with the famous Palmizana and its yacht marina is hidden inside a dense pine forest and tropical vegetation..
you will find good restaurants offering fish specialities and good wines..
We invite you to choose this, in many ways special destination - the Island of Hvar - Croatia, to see its beauties, to spend wonderful summer holidays, to stay with us in the towns of Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Vrboska and make excursions into the interior of the island visiting small picturesque villages scattered among olive groves and green vineyards.
OBLIGATORY TO SEE:
The Pjaca is perhaps the most beautiful and largest town square on the Croatian coast. It is embellished by the "mandrac" (tiny port) and has direct access to the sea. Shops and restaurants occupy the houses around it, with the cathedral closing its top. Narrow and winding street lead to upper city, with people always leaving and returning to this inevitable meeting point, the heart of the town.
town loggia -with
clock tower from the 15th century together are the only remains of the
former Governor's Palace
The communal loggia (loggia communis) was first mentioned as early as in the 13th century and referred to again in the Statute of Hvar dating from the 14th century. The new loggia, one of the most beautiful Late Renaissance buildings in Dalmatia, was the work of the master Tripun Bokanić. It was finished in the late 16th century, during the reign of the governor (proveditore) Victor Diedo. Since he was a very ardent champion of the privileges accorded to the aristocracy of Hvar, Hanibal Lucić came into the high office of magistrate and defender of the commune of Hvar more than once in his lifetime.
The arsenal in Hvar town was built in the 13th century. The theatre was built on the first floor of the arsenal in 1612. It is one of the oldest in Europe and the first municipal one as well.
The Franciscan monastery -in Hvar town was built in 15th century as a retreat for sailors. Within the monastery there are the artifacts exhibited in the monastery collection which is also the oldest on the island. It consists of paintings, manuscripts, old coins and incunabula -stands on the coast just five minutes walk from the center, and was built in 1450s and 1460s. There is a museum inside the monastery, and a cypress in the courtyard, about 500 years old
The Fortress (Citadel) - 16 ct-perched on a hill above the old town was built at the beginning of the 16th century (in the time of Venice). In 1579 it was restored after explosion of powder-chamber. Its final appearance came after many reconstructions. During French rule some additional reinforcement building was done. The barracks and observation post were built during Austrian rule. It hosts a prominent collection of amphorae and other objects from the ancient times and the Middle Ages. From the fortress toward the town square lead the city walls, built in the Middle Ages. This fortress dominates over the city. There is a beautiful panorama view of the town of Hvar and Pakleni Islands from the fortress.
Benedictine convent and museum
The Benedictine convent and the church of Saint Anthony the Abbot are located in the same house where Hanibal Lucić was born in 1485. Julija, the widow of Hanibal’s illegitimate son Antun, bequeathed the family palace in Groda to Benedictine nuns, who converted it into a convent. The convent has preserved a kitchen from Lucić’s time, as well as a valuable collection of artworks.
Archaeological collection and the lapidary of Grga NovakThe collection is displayed in the former Dominican Saint Mark’s church
The Cathedral of St. Stephan & bishop museum-
in Hvar town (left) stands on the eastern side of the main square. It was built
on the site of an early 6th century church. Present appearance the Cathedral
received in the 16th and 17th century.
Hanibal Lucić’s Summer Residence (poet)
The summer residence is the Museum headquarters and it also houses the library, Hanibal Lucić’s Reception Room, the Natural History Cabinet Dr. Grgur Bučić and other holdings, as well as the Croatian State Archives – Branch Office Hvar
Saint Mark’s church-The former church of a Dominican monastery, founded in the 14th century and dissolved during the French reign at the beginning of the 19th century, was used for the sessions of the Great Council (comprised of aristocrats from Hvar) for centuries. This is the reason why the building was swarming with altars and graves of noble families. Antun, the son of the poet Hanibal Lucić, ordered the construction of the altar dedicated to Saint Anthony the Abbot. Antun was buried in Saint Mark’s church
Island of Hvar and the Town of Hvar
The Heritage of Hvar-
Muzej Hvarske baštine
Numerous nudist beaches