Welcome to the Island of Hvar – the sunniest island in Croatia
The name Hvar comes from the name of Pharos, as the ancient Greeks called today’s Stari Grad when they settled there as far back as 384 BC. Hvar’s tourism story begins back in the early 19th century, when the first hotel in the town of Hvar (former Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth, today’s Hotel Palace Elisabeth) was opened. Today, Hvar has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and one that will certainly impress you with its beauty and charm!
On Hvar island you can find numerous hidden beaches, restaurants and clubs for entertainment. Its rich cultural heritage offers plenty of opportunities for various organized trips and tours. Whether you want to relax, do sports, learn more about the island’s history and culture, or simply have fun, Hvar offers you all of these options.
About Stari Grad
Stari Grad is located in the central part of the island, hidden in a beautiful, deep bay, surrounded by pine trees. Because of its location, it is the central harbor on the island and a nautical paradise.
The old town has kept its traditional appearance and atmosphere, which particularly attracts tourists who are looking for an authentic experience of ‘the Mediterranean as it once was“. Stari Grad cherishes its image of a quiet Dalmatian town, proud of its rich culture and impressive past.
A picturesque summer house
One of the main tourist attractions is Tvrdalj Square, where you can find a beautiful summer house with a fish pond and a garden that belonged to the Renaissance poet Petar Hektorović. Tvrdalj’s picturesque setting inspires many artists, but also couples, who find it an ideal romantic oasis for intimate wedding ceremonies.
Near Tvrdalj there is a small church dedicated to St. Roch, the patron of the town. In his honour, every year on August 16 a big celebration is organized that is rich in Christian tradition and local events followed by fireworks and a big party in the evening. The parish church of St. Stephen and the Dominican Monastery of St. Peter, apart from religious rites, feature prominent classical music and summer concerts. The picturesque old town squares are often converted into stages to host summer events. Traditional dances, performances, concerts, klapa concerts, as well as food and wine festivals. Many old stone houses have been carefully turned into comfortable homes with a perfect blend of modern and traditional.
For those who want to be near the beach, there is an ideal hidden spot on the southern side of the town, called Borić Bay. You can also choose state-of-the-art apartments around the area called Priko. There you can find modernly furnished family homes, which are a great option as well.
The Stari Grad Plain, also known as the Greek Ager, is a true gem, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The 6-km long field stretches from the Bay of Vrboska to the Stari Grad bay. It is the largest and most fertile field in Hvar and all the Adriatic islands.
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