One of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is not without good reason that Hvar was named one of the 5 most beautiful islands in the world by Travel+Leisure magazine because Hvar has that special something.
The sunshine seems to shine that bit brighter in Hvar. The sea seems warm, the beaches more appealing, the food more delicious and the people happier. Perhaps this is because Hvar is one of the warmest and sunniest islands in the Adriatic or because of the lavender which is planted throughout the island, creating its captivating scent.
One of the two towns on Hvar is called Stari Grad – an old town founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC. The town of Hvar is even older. The first settlements were established here by the Illyrians over 3000 years ago. Hvar subsequently became a strategic point in Byzantium and in the 13th century, Hvar fell under the influence of Vienna. The museums, churches and abbeys here are indicative of its rich history.
But Hvar has even more to offer. Many small towns attract with a range of charming features just waiting to be discovered. Paklinski Otoci is a magnificent island group just 10 minutes from the coast by boat and as such is a popular place for bathing. The Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient Greeks divided this fertile land into plots of the same size and divided them with dry-stone walls. Grapes were then grown here and tilling work carried out.
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