Island of Hvar Known as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world! It is the sunniest island on the Croatian coast, and favorite destination of many holidaymakers, including the celebrities, to name few: Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Prince Harry, Roman Abramovich, Bill Gates, Demi Moore... Places: town Hvar, Pakleni islands, Stari Grad, Vrboska, Jelsa, Sućuraj Attractions: UNESCO heritage, vineyards, olive grows, lavander fields, gastronomy, beaches, night life The closest point on Hvar starting from our base is place Sućuraj (15NM). And you can reach it by evening on your check in day (Saturday). Some of our clients choose it to be the last stop of their charter, so they spend the last night in Sućuraj (Friday to Saturday) and in the morning they have enough time to sail into Ploce port by 9.00 for check out.
(Stari Grad - Hvar town NM, Šćedro- Hvar town NM) Everybody knows about town of Hvar... It is top destination for party from noon till dawn, but also for relaxation, sightseeing, gastronomy, wine tasting... Everyone can find something of interest there. Of course that is why Hvar's marina is usually crowded, so if you do not find berth there, you try nearest marina Palmižana, or buoy in Vinogradišće bay, or find other moorings and anchorages in Pakleni islands. From there you can take taxi boat to town Hvar, 10 min ride. Here are just few attractions from Hvar town, but every time you come back here you will find new impressive sights.
Pjaca – or St Stephans square with the 16th century St Stephans Cathedral and it's beautiful bell tower. This Renaissance square is the hearth of town, and the largest sqare in the whole Dalmatia. Here you can visit also Hvar's teathre, built on the first flor of Arsenal, the first civic teatre in Europe, today also open for public use. Here you can also find the Gallery of Contemporary Art open for visitors. Short walk from the Hvar riva is 15th century Franciscan monastery with rich display of mueseum exhibits like paintings, old coins, amphoras... Fortica fortress (Spanjola) –built by Venetians in the 16th century, on a 100m hill above the town of Hvar is favourite among visitors. The main interest of Fortica is the spectacular view of the town and the offshore islands, but besides that fortres houses a small museum with collection of historical artefacts found on the sea bottom around Hvar. Benedictine nunnery The nuns from this convent estalished in 1664, produce decorative emboidery, especially famos because of lace made from agava plant fibres. This requires exceptional knowledge and patience,nuns have been working on it for hundreds of years, and each lace is one of its kind, therefore this Hvar souvenir is on UNESCO'S Heritage list. Convent is in the old part of the city, and it is open for visitors in the summer. Except the lace exhibition museum consist of carefully selected sacral art and objects. Photo here: https://www.stari-grad.eu/Knežev dvor (Prince's Palace) – at it's place today is a hotel, but remains that are preserved are the clok tower with a bell from the 15th century and the city loggia built in 17th century.
(eng. Old town)
The oldest town in Croatia. First settled by neolitic tribes between 3500-2500 BC, than inhabited by the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC, since 219 BC ruled by the Romans, after that the Slavs, Venetian Republic, Austro Hungarian, and finally became part of Croatia. Many mosaics and other remains are preserved from this period and you can see them in museums, but also everywhere around Stari Grad. Because of its position, Stari Grad was for centuries a safe natural harbor, and of course still regulary visited by travellers on boats.
Top sights in Stari Grad are:Tvrdalj Palace – built in 16th century as villa of aristocratic Croatian poet and architet Petar Hektorović. Inside you can see beautiful gardens, a sea water fish pool, beautifull terraces, living quarters... Škor Square – Of the numerous small squares in Stari Grad, Škor is the most picturesque. During summer cultural events it becomes a theather coulisse. St Stephen's Square – with St Stephan Church and it's bell tower. This church was the first chatedral on Hvar island. Srinjo Kola (Middle Street) – an ancients street, today offering cafes and souvenir shops. Glavica Hill- is only 111m high, and it offers great panoramic views over a wide area. It is a nice walk up the hill through pine forest, by very well marked path. There is a large stone cross on Glavica. Hora farm – stands in the heart of Stari Grad Plain. On this eco-farm run by Žuvela family, you can find authentic experience,by tasting their organic products. They offer wine tastings, homemade cheeses, pršut, sausages and olive oil. And as main dish – peka! (has to be ordered in advance) You will love the atmosphere and the view on their terrace. www.hora-hvar.com Closest beach to town to cool off in, is Oslić Beach just outside of town. Some wonderful non crouded beaches can be found around Kabal peninsula situated on entrance of Stari Grad bay. This peninsula is one of the most depopulated parts of the island, with just two small villages in inland. Village Rudina and Mala Rudina – the most picuresque little hamlet. But there are plenty of bays to throw anchor and enjoy untouched nature. At the very tip of the peninsula, interesting thing to explore are Tito's bunkers, built into the rock to guard the entrance to the Stari Grad channel. Kabal Peninsula is known also for the annual Faros Martathon, which takes place at end of August, and attracks some of the top names in international swimming, including Olympic medal winners. It is a 16km open sea swim from Stari Grad to very tip of Kabal peninsula and back.
(Jelsa – Vrboska NM)
Also called a „little Venice“, due to numerous small bridges on the canal with sea water that goes deep in the town, with charm and breathtaking renaissance architecture of narrow streets, small stone houses, villas and churces. The smallest town of island, with 500 residents today, came to life in 15th century when the people of inland settlement Vrbanj and Svirče, whose economy was based on agriculture, decided to establish harbour with the fishing industry. Today Vrboska has turned to tourism and hospitality industry. People still do agiculture, mainly olives and grapevine, which products you may taste in Vrboska restaurants. A rich fishermens tradition can be also recognised in the local gastronomic offer.
In the center of the town, near Fortress Church of St Mary of Mercy built in 16th century, the tavern & winery Pinjata offers authentic Dalmatian atmosphere, with wine tasting combined with Dalmatian prosciutto, goat cheese in olive oil, fish pate, salted anchovies... Souvenirs that you may find in Vrboska shops are home made products of lavander, olive oil, honey, liquers and wine. Fisherman's museum is one more point you could visit while in Vroska. The liveliest part of Vrboska in summer is the ACI marina, the biggest on the island. But still offering tranquil mooring away from the tourist masses. Vrboska has many lovely beaches in its vicinity, favourite family beach with aqua park is Soline, located 1km from the town. There is a restaurant and a bar, as well as facilities for the kids. Inland between Jelsa and Vrboska to Stari Grad is the largest fertile plain on the Adriatic islands. This Ancient Land is called „Stari Grad Plain“ and is on UNESCO World Heritage List, because the vineyards and olive groves in the Plain have remained practically intact since it was first set up by the ancient Greeks in 4th century BC, and they are unique example of the geometric land division used in the ancient times. The land was divided into geometrical parcels bounded by dry stone walls. This ancient layout has been preseved over 24 centuries, along with the stone shelters and water collection system. Photo: https://croatiareviews.com/ A really good thing to do is to rent a bike and explore the plains, and check out the ancient ruins along the way. You can also take organized bike tour from Stari Grad, to Jelsa and Vrboska and back, with stops at local winery or konoba, for tasting of local products. Info: https://www.hvar-adventure.com/
(Sućuraj - Jelsa NM)
The town is mild, clean and open hearted to the guests and travelers, a place you don't want to miss! In the center of Jelsa there are nice little churches, squares, parks, restaurants, bars, markets, souvenir shops, coffee-shops... In the morning you can start with caffe in relaxed atmosphere on town square called Pjaca, where locals meet to exchange news. Not far from the town square there is a beautiful renaissance-baroque square of St.John with chapel and stone houses with picuresque balconies dating from 16th century. Besides the pleasant coffe drinking culture, typical for Mediterranean, Jelsa has also great gastro offer, which you will surely enjoy in many restaurants and taverns, that prepare traditional meals, with autochthon ingredients, and quality Hvar wine.
Winery and wine boutique of family Tomić, winery in Mina bay and boutique in old town center of Jelsa. Besides excellent wines, they offer also Prošek – the original Dalmatian sweet desert wine, and also different liquers. As well as traditional and charming wine celar of Ivo Duboković in town center. In both those places you can enjoy the high quality wine tasting, and get to know about the winemaking. Jelsa has rich nightlife, starting from „Tarantella“ bar, „Taboo“ lounge bar known for its wide choice of home made brandy (rakija) with herbs, cocktails in „Villa Verde“, dancing till the dawn in „Dgigibaoo“ club... After the night out, for your daytime relaxation there are the beaches, we recommend popular Mina bays sandy bottom beach with lounge bar, 500 m from the center. Inland of Jelsa offers diverse scenery with pine tree forests, vineyards, lavander fields, olive groves. You can explore it by foot, or renting a bike, scooter, quad... Vrboska settlement – another tourist centre on Hvar, is 35 min walk from Jelsa by promenade. Among the little hills behind Jelsa you will find romantic ambiance of small rural places Pitve and Vrisnik,with restaurants serving traditional cuisine. Also abandoned shepherd's village of Humac, with great restaurant which also keeps the keys to the small museum in the church, and offers the only horse-riding on the island. Here is also starting point for tours to Grapčeva Cave – dates back to Neolithic times (2,500 BC). Tours starts in front of the Humac restaurant at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 15 – September 15. One more offer of Jelsa is Adventue Park, with 15+ adrenaline and fun things to do, for all ages! Located in a forest, protected from the sun, and just 5 min walk from Jelsa harbor. You can check their offer here: https://www.hvar-adventure-park-jelsa.com/ In winter time Jelsa has about 2000 residents, providing them with all what is necessary to be a little independent town.
The Procession „Za Križen“ (Following the Cross)
is inscribed in the UNESCO Heritage List, and must me mentioned when talking about this middle part of the island of Hvar. This ceremony is an expression of the religious and cultural identity of the population, and it has been taking place at the Easter time, for five centuries uninterrupted. It consists of six different processions which start at the same time (at 22.00h) in six parishes: Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska. Processions moves clockwise and finish with returning to their own parish churches at dawn, without meeting each other. The cross-bearer is at the head of the each Procession, barefoot, carrying the Cross covered with a black veil. Cross bearers waits for this privilege for years. The Processions stop in front of the churches and chapels in other villages passing trough, where they sing and say prayers with locals and their priests. The people in the Procession pass 25km in 8 hours, and the most impressive part is at the end, when the cross bearer, taken over by religious fervour runs the last 100m to the church. Photo here: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/
Small picturesque town,typical Dalmatian with stone houses and narrow streets. Of 350 inhabitants, living mostly from tourism, fishing and agriculture.
As tourist offer Sućuraj has grocery and souvenirs shops, restaurants, bars, ATM, tourist info... Restaurants offer local specialities such as fish, crabs, shellfish, wine and olive oil, as well as a range of meat and vegeterian dishes, pizza, ice cream... Except in the harbor, swimming is possible everywhere in the area, since Sućuraj has more than 25 km of coastline with sand, pebble or stone beaches and bays, on both sides of island. On north side we reccommend swimming in sandy bay Mlaska, and on the south side another sandy sea bottm beach Perna, and little bit further lunch stop in bay Mrtovnik- Robinson style, with just one house – restaurant at Gambo's.
A chain of gorgeous islands directly opposite the Hvar town are haven for sailors, beach and nature lovers.
Island Galešnik, tiny island at the very entrance of the port of Hvar, with just one point of interest, a restaurant situated in a former army fortress, with the most beautiful view at the town of Hvar. Island Jerolim is famous nude area, equipped with showers and restaurant. It offers two bays to anchor, one located N and another on the S. Island Marinkovac most famous by Stipanska bay with Carpe Diem Beach - party at night, chill out zone by day. On the same island, but completly another world are Ždrilca cove and Mlini beach, offering relaxed atmosphere on pebble beaches. Both have excellent sesonal restaurants. Island St Klement – the largest of Pakleni islands, and the most famous. On the N side is ACI marina Palmižana with cca 180 berths, extremly busy in high season, so book a place in advance. And away from the pier A, because there are taxi boats located, and you will have no peace. In marina you have showers, toilet facilities, tavern, bar, grocery shops,wifi... For fuel you will have to go to town Hvar harbour. But the popular resort is just few minutes walk from ACI marina through pine woods on opposite side of island in Vinogradišće bay – sandy sea bottom, crystal clear sea,fancy restaurants providing fresh and local ingredients, amazing ambience, in shades of pine trees with scenic view of the bay. For this extraordinary service you will have to pay. Menghello family are pioneers of tourism here, holding two restaurants Menghello and Toto's , botanical garden and art galerry. You have to try their „gregada“ Hvar's traditional fish dish. Besides them there is also Zori restaurant and Laganini lounge bar with variety of cocktails. In Vinogradišće bay you can find buoys. When the crowd becomes too much for you, little oasis you can find in Perna beach with sandy bottom, on the south side just before Vinogradišće bay. Similar are bays Vlaka on the north and opposite Soline bay on the south, both suitable for a short stop. You can walk from one place to another, and in between them small settlemet named Vlaka. Here are also vineyards of Tomic family, mentioned before as great winemakers from island Hvar. Soline bay has magical mud and there are still remains of a Roman spa there. In this area, just little up the hill is great restaurant Dionis, hidden from the rest of the world, spectacular surroundings and food, and prices are fair.
Beaches and Attraction
South side of Hvar island
Heading from the town of Hvar there are plenty beaches and little bays on the south side, and almost all with a restaurant, and adequate place for refreshment. Here you can find a different kind of vacation away from clubs, noise, crowds of famous Hvar destinations... Here you can enjoy the peace and best Croatian wine, olive oil, lavander, rosemary, fresh fish.
Some of the places on south side of Hvar are Pokonji dol, Mekićevica, Milna, Zaraće, Dubovica, Sveta Nedjelja, Ivan Dolac, Zavala...Sveta Nedjelja is well known centre for production of the best Croatian red wines (and nearby Zavala, of the white wines). Restaurant „Bilo Idro“ located just in the harbor owned by family of Zlatan Plenković, a famous winemaker is maybe the best place to try the wines. The most famous wine is Plavac Mali. Besides the beaches, wines, and restaurants, Sv Nedjelja is also popular free climbing destination. It is located under the islands highest peak St Nikola (626m) which falls steeply into the sea. In the hill there is a cave that was inhabited in Neolitic times. My sea link Sveta Nedjelja https://my-sea.comIvan Dolac also famous for wine of exceptional quality. Offers many clean pebble beaches for your relaxing swimming, and few restaurants, market...
Hvar gastronomy specialities
GREGADA – fish stew, traditionaly flavored with garlic, celery, parsley and white wine.