Hvar – excursions and nearby destinations

 

The island of Hvar is full of exciting destinations, both on the island, as well as on the archipelago and the land surrounding it. Regular ferry lines and cruise ships ensure that each day you can visit a new place and experience something exciting. The entire south-western part of the island, and especially Pakleni otoci represent the resort of the Hvar town. Pakleni otoci (national park) are a group of twenty isles that extend in front of the town Hvar. The most popular excursion spots are islets Jerolim, Stipanska, Zdrilca, Vlaka and islet Palmizana. The islands are full of hidden beaches and coves. And on some islands there are even Cocktail bars and restaurants. There is an organized boat line that drives to the local islands, and there are private taxi boats (you can find the information here and here) and motor boats that can ship you off as well. The return ticket is about € 8. In the town of Hvar be sure to visit the fortress Fortica that dates from the time of the Illyrians and Byzantines. In the fortress you can see a collection of amphorae and a former prison. This fortress was once a central defensive fort in Hvar and it is overlooking the entire city, Paklene otoke (Devil islands) and the archipelago.

The city of Hvar can be proud of one of the oldest theatres - Arsenal in Europe:

 

During the summer there are a number of performances, and the theatre is located in city centre. The Franciscan monastery is also a must see and inside there is a museum. Starigrad is the oldest settlement on the island, where you simply must visit the castle Tvrdalj with its beautiful pond, which was the mansion of the famous Croatian poet Petar Hektorovic. The old road connecting Hvar and Stari Grad has become a very popular bike path. To get to the south side of the island you have to go through the tunnel that is a real attraction on the island:

 

On the south side of the bay smaller towns are located with many vineyards, where you must visit the wine cellar of a well known enolog Zlatan Plenkovic. The cellar is below sea level with a glass surface looking at the sea and is located in Sveta Nedjelja. From the place Ivan Dolac you can go on a one day trip to the upper part, where a private chapel and an old wine cellar are located. In addition, you can rent a boat and sail to the islet Scedro, which is a protected nature park:

 

Grapceva cave is located in the middle of the island, and represents the cradle of Hvar culture and is one of the oldest sites in the Mediterranean, located at 239 m above sea level. The cave is filled with beautiful stalagmites that leave you breathless. From Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrboska, which are located on the west side of the island daily excursions with motor boats are organized to take you to the island of Brac, to the settlement of Bol and its beautiful beach Zlatni rat...

 

...or islet Zecevo, a nudist island with beautiful beaches. Riding along the unpaved island roads you can reach the highest point, peak of St. Nicholas from where you can see the beautiful lavender fields, olive groves and steep vineyards:

 

All over the island you can taste and buy local wines, olive oil and grappa at roadside stands or in local taverns. From the settlement Sucuraj it is possible to go to the nearby peninsula of Peljesac, island of Korcula, Makarska Riviera, Medugorje, Dubrovnik. From the town of Hvar there is a regular catamaran driving to Split. In Split, we must mention the Diocletian Palace, which was built in the late third century. From Hvar it is also possible to go on islands Vis and Korcula, but you cannot return on the same day. Vis is full of beautiful beaches with clear water...

 

...and we need to mention the natural phenomenon that is the Blue Cave on the island of Bisevo that is extremely visited:

 

Island of Korcula is deeply indented with many bays and coves. The city is surrounded by walls and towers from the sea and the land: