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Hvar

About Hvar

Hvar Island is tourist destination that attracts tourists with beauty of nature, the scent of sage, lavender, rosemary, olives, wine, rich cultural and historic heritage. It is longest and the sunniest Croatian island with 2718 hours of sunshine per year. The island of Hvar is situated in the middle of the Dalmatian region and it is the island of clear sea and sandy beaches. It is located 14 kilometres southeast of the island of Solta, 3.4km south of the island of Brac and 7.2 km north of the island of Peljesac. Hvar island holds such location that it’s on every sea ship line of eastern Adriatic.

In the centre of Hvar there is highest peak – Nikola (628m) and on the north there is fertile Velo field. North coast with its large bay is more indented then south coast. The economy is based on tourism, fishing and agriculture. Three fishing towns on the island are Sucuraj, Vrbovska and Hvar.

On the island there are several well-known tourist destinations and some of them are Jelsa, Hvar, Stari Grad, Ivan Dolac, Sveta Nedjelja,Vrbovska and Sucuraj. The nightlife attracts young people looking for fun. You can take lunch at one of the many restaurants and go to town of Hvar and enjoy the clear sea and the sun.

On Hvar Island there are many cultural manifestations; especially notable is traditional dance under the masks which take place every year in February. Summer games are held during tourist season from June to October. August is full of events – from international marathon through wine festivals to fishermen’s nights.

The town of Hvar is the central and most important city on the island where celebration took place for 140 years of organized tourism. With its seven centuries old walls and forts Hvar town is a place of the oldest folk theatre in Europe from 1612. In the town there are numerous galleries, museums, exhibitions, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Franciscan monastery with a bell tower and the main square.

For admirers of active vacation, island offers numerous sport activities. Cycling is popular because of many historic locations that are worth visiting, various cycling tracks and beautiful sights. Between popular sports are: tennis, volleyball, handball, soccer and beach volleyball. On an island there are many tennis-courts, mini golf courses, and tables for table-tennis. Famous swimming marathon “Pharos” takes place every year in town of Jelsa.

Healthy and mainly cooked food (mostly fish) flavoured with domestic olive oil, with pinch of spice that grows in surroundings and glass of good wine makes well gastronomic offer from Hvar. Among specialities there are risotto with seafood, „Hvarska gregadu“- fish with potato, fresh sea fish, sea bass, mackerel, sardine, shrimp, lobster, mussels, oysters, squid, cuttlefish and octopus.