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Spotlight on the Croatian island of Hvar

The island of Hvar lies off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. It can be reached in two hours by ferry from the city of Split. It’s said to be one of the sunniest places in Croatia.

Hvar view

One of the landmark buildings in Hvar Town is the 16th century Fortress Sanjola, located above the marina. There’s a steep footpath up to the fort. It’s one of the best places to watch sunsets on the island.

The old 16th century fortress on Hvar

The Cathedral of Pope St Stephen in the town square, is a mix of Baroque and Renaissance styles. The Napolijun building is a look-out tower built on the highest peak of the island on the site of the medieval church of St Nicolas.

The cathedral of Pope St. Stephen

It’s fun to explore the alleyways around Hvar Town.


Hvar is sometimes called the “Lavender Island” as it’s famous for growing lavender which is in bloom from the end of June into July. You can buy lavender oils and soaps as souvenirs. Wine has been produced on Hvar since the 4th century BC. Conditions on the slopes in the south of the island are ideal for the plavac mali red wine grapes.

Lavender fields

Stari Grad, on the northern side of the island, is the oldest town on the island.


On the small island of Palmizana, a 10 minute boat ride from Hvar, you’ll find a botanic garden and a sheltered cove for swimming.

Palmizana Island

Image credits: Jeremy Vandel, Col Ford & Natasha de Vere, Kelly Smith, Melinda, Pierre Mounier, b.roveran, Pietro & Silvia

Karen Bryan

Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.

Posted : Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 11:00
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