The Best Travel Guide to Hvar by BestTravelBook

Sunny Hvar island is situated in Croatia’s Dalmatian region and is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

The Best Travel Guide to Hvar is segmented into 4 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Hvar:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island;
  2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See;
  3. Some Top Tips / Good to Know;
  4. An insider guide

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island

Croatia’s sunniest island is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago and offers easy access to the beautiful islands of Pakleni. The climate on Hvar is Mediterranean and perfect for a relaxing retreat. Excursions and private guided tours to Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrbovska offer an opportunity to explore some of the island’s hidden gems.

Hvar
Hvar

Hvar boast the  highest number of sunny hours in the country with a sunny 2726 hours on average each year.   Hvar was largely settled in the ancient Greek and Roman times, therefore the island is blessed with several historical sights  Stari Grad was founded in 385 BC as a Greek colony named Pharos and boasts a picturesque old town and there is Stari Grad Plain that was listed among the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites.  If you are a beach lover you will love the picturesque beaches and coves around the island.

Hvar
Hvar

One of the island’s main attractions is its beautiful port town. Hvar Town boasts thirteenth century walls, a hilltop medieval fortress and a Renaissance era Cathedral.  Hvar town is characterised by white-stoned Venetian renaissance buildings full of precious artworks.  Hvar is also popular with artists with a number of galleries across the town.   Alternatively check out the boutiques and cafes or stare admire the millionaire super-yachts moored in the harbour.

Hvar town also has a number of historical sights from the old Franciscan monastery, a renaissance monastery built in the 15th century through to St. Stephen’s Cathedral located on St. Stephen’s Square.  Another interesting site is the Arsenal is located on the main square in Hvar old town and later served as a theatre.  Fortica the medieval castle is located on the hill just above Hvar town offering magnificent views over the bay and Pakleni islands.

2. What to See Highlights

What to See in Hvar, Croatia
What to See in Hvar, Croatia

 

 

Fort Fortica

Fort Fortica
Fort Fortica

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • The Byzantines built a citadel here in the 6th century, and the Venetians began construction of the present fortress in 1278
  • Cameras at the ready! The views looking down over Hvar and the Pakleni Islands are magnificent
  • The Fortress was renovated in 1971 and transformed into an exclusive restaurant – Fortica

 

Saint Stephen Cathedral

Saint Stephen Cathedral
Saint Stephen Cathedral

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Saint Stephen cathedral was built in the 16th and 17th centuries at the height of the Dalmatian Renaissance to replace a cathedral destroyed by the Turks
  • The renaissance bell-tower of the Cathedral and Hvar’s other bell towers (St. Mark, Franciscan and the ruined one of St. Venerande) are the finest in the region

 

Franciscan Monastery

Franciscan Monastery
Franciscan Monastery

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • The Franciscan Monastery was built in the 15th-century by a family of stonemasons from Korčula
  • The monastery’s calling card is the magnificent painting of the Last Supper (2.5 by 8 m) Venetian Matteo Ingoli
  • The museum exhibits collections of Greek, Roman and Venetian coins, atlas of the ancient cartographer as well as paintings of Venetian artists like Francesco Santacroce and Palma Junior

 

Tvrdalj Castle

Tvrdalj Castle
Tvrdalj Castle

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Tvrdalj Castle is a well-preserved Renaissance palace that was built in the 15th century but is best known for its alterations and ownership under Petar Hektorović, a famous Croatian Renaissance poet, in the 16th century
  • The interior courtyard contains a sea-water fishpool, enclosed by a vaulted and arcaded terrace

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