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Hvar town is a cosmopolitan tourist destination on the Croatian island of the same name, both known for their beauty and rich cultural heritage.Thursday, June 13, 2019

By Hvar Tourist Board
Hvar Tourist Board

Hvar town is a cosmopolitan tourist destination on the Croatian island of the same name, both known for their beauty and rich cultural heritage.

A visionary group of local enthusiasts started the Hygienic Society in Hvar, the first of its kind in Europe, with the goal of ‘providing everything needed for a pleasant stay for visitors in this town’.

The island, in the Adriatic Sea, is open to tourists from all over the world and proudly displays the treasures of its rich past. The mystical beauty of its churches with their priceless works of art, the centuries-old drywall and stone piles, secrets of Illyrian ruins and numerous narrow stone streets, are just a part of the rich treasures visitors can explore for themselves.

Travellers can also visit the town’s theatre, one of the oldest in Europe, which opened in the grounds of the historic shipyard in 1612, and has been entertaining townsfolk ever since.

The elegant 17th-century town hall — called the Loda, which translates as ‘the monumental fortress’ — is known as the town’s guardian, and the 16th-century port both complement the Renaissance charm of Venetian noblemen’s villas and the simplicity of fishermen and workers’ houses.

Foodies can feast on traditional dishes, which have found a well-earned place on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. Meanwhile, wine lovers will be able to enjoy local varieties that are the result of thousands of years of production that date back to the time of the Ancient Greeks.

Adventurous types can enjoy sailing, kayaking and scuba diving in the archipelago of the Pakleni Islands, hiking and cycling on the ancient trails and paths created by Napoleon’s army, or discover the island in a jeep-safari adventure — all perfect ways of experiencing the island. With arms wide open to the world since ancient times, when it was a winter retreat for the Venetian fleet, Hvar has always been a magnet for travellers. Known as the Austro-Hungarian Madeira, or the Yugoslav and Croatian Saint-Tropez, and on the must-visit list of countless world jet-setters, Hvar nowadays stands proud as it celebrates its cosmopolitan spirit and rich tradition for hospitality.

DON'T MISS

Try forska gregoda, a simple meal enjoyed by Hvar’s fishermen, traditionally made with fish, potatoes, olive oil and onions

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• One of Europe’s oldest public theatres
• Hotels
• Restaurants
• Harbour

KEY ACTIVITIES

• Sailing
• Kayaking
• Scuba diving
• Hiking

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T: +385 2174 2977

E: info@tzhvar.hr

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