Hvar island is one of the most beautiful islands of the Adriatic Sea and, by many travel magazines, for the last few years has been ranked among the ten most beautiful islands in the whole world. This beautiful island is the sunniest pearl in the Mediterranean Sea with 2,718 hours of sunshine annually. It is also known for its pleasant Mediterranean climate, warm summers and mild winters.
The economy is based on tourism, fishing and agriculture. Local produce includes wine, virgin olive oil, honey, oil from St. John’s Wort and herbs. Apart from the untouched nature and clear sea, visitors can enjoy the charm of eco-ethnic villages and wine cellars.
The crystal clear water has shaped many beautiful and breathtaking bays and beaches that can be find all over the island – from the town of Hvar and Milna, over Sućuraj to Jelsa and Stari Grad.
Besides its natural beauty, Hvar also abounds in cultural and historical sights such as:
- The Cathedral of St. Stephen -locatedon the main squarein the town of Hvar; built in the 6th century
- The Theatre-foundedin 1612asthe first publictheater in Europe
- ancient Arsenal – used for repairing of galleons
- Mandrač – small port whose function was to protect small boats and vessels
- Tvrdalj of Petar Hektorović -the fortified summer residence of the famous Croatian poetPetar Hektorovic,locatedin the town of Stari Grad
- The fort Fortica -a fortressbuilt in the 16thcenturywitha panoramic viewon thewhole island and thesurrounding area
Besides above-mentioned cultural heritage, there is also one more sight that needs to be seen – a protected cultural landscape consisting of numerous roads and parcels set up by the Greek colonisers. It is known under the name of Stari Grad Plain which is on the UNESCO world heritage list since 2008.
With all these attractions, untouched nature, vineyards, olive groves, beaches, sun, sea and hospitable hosts, it is not surprising that the most of visitors are coming back to Hvar again and again.