The island of Hvar
The island of Hvar
The respected Forbes magazine rated the central Dalmatian island of Hvar neck to neck with the Carribean, the Maldives, Hawaii and the Bahamas in one of its issues. This island was, more than once, put on lists of the most beautiful islands of the world by the world media. It is famous for its indented coastline, clean beaches and plenty of sunshine, untouched nature, smell of lavender, olives and wine. It is precisely the island of Hvar that has the most hours of sunshine in Europe – 2700 of them a year.
The Greek colonization chose this island as an important strategic and nautical centre. Its name today comes from the Greek word Pharos – lighthouse. After that the Romans turned it into Pharia, the Dalmatian Romans changed it to Fara and in the early Middle Ages the Croatian immigrants re-named it to Hvar.
The longest Adriatic island of Hvar has plenty of beaches, so every guest can find a beach suited to their needs.
For parents with children the ideal beaches are Soline, Grebišće and Mina, while for larger groups and more entertainment the best beaches are Petarčica, Mlaska, Palmižana, Ivan Dolac and the town beaches Laterna and Banj. For couples the best beaches are Maslinica, Dubovica, Pern and Bonj, which was listed among the most beautiful beaches in Europe by the British newspaper The Times. Lovers of nudism will enjoy the beaches Glavica, Zečevo, Stipanska and Šćedro.
Underwater fishing is forbidden in the Hvar area, but divers are recommended diving around the islet Vodnjak and cape Stambeder. The canal between Hvar and Brač is ideal for windsurfing and on the south side of Hvar there is a cliffbase, a garden for climbing, located above the sea. Mountaineers will also have plenty to do in Hvar. There is a steep climb through vineyards and olive groves to the 626 metre high hilltop of Sveti Nikola.
Hvar is widely kown for its nightlife and has gained world fame thanks to crazy fun its visitors have in the nightclubs like Carpe Diem - a favourite among the elite, Club Veneranda, Beach Bar Hula Hula, Nautica Bar, Kiva Bar, Splash Beach Bar and Vertigo Club.
The inland of the island is completely different to the tourism orientated coast. Here there are villages with preserved rural architecture with small shops, narrow streets, stone houses with small yards and church bell towers. Along 20 km, there are the villages of Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Dol.