Hvar Island

the sunniest Croatian Island

Hvar, the island in the Adriatic Sea, is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island and one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

 

Hvar is also an ancient town with a rich history, beautiful architecture and wonderful nature. Everybody can find in Hvar all that gives peace to the soul and relaxation to the body.

The city of Hvar has a long and distinguished history as a center for trade and culture in the Adriatic, commune part of the Venetian Empire during the 13th to 18th centuries, it was an important naval base with a strong fortress above, encircling town walls and protected the port. Venetian Empire left a deep mark on the island architecture, cultural life and culinary influence which is visible still as you can find a lot of Italian words in a local dialect and lot off flavors in gastronomy offered in Hvar restaurants.

 

The central point of Hvar Town is the Pjaca (Piazza), or Main Square, leading from the waterfront to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

 

This town square is the second largest in whole Adriatic coast (first largest is only St. Marco’s Square in Venice) at 4,500 m2 (48,000 sq ft) was fully paved in 1780. Buildings around the Pjaca started to rise from 15th to 17th century, including the Bishop’s Palace, the Arsenal, the Governor’s Palace and other public buildings.

 

Restaurant Pošteni is situated in the main square, overlooking the St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

 

 

The Town Well – Gustirna, in the middle of the square, dates from 1520. It is right next to the outdoor terrace of Restaurant Pošteni.

 

 

In a beautiful outdoor surrounding, where the owner of the restaurant will greet you. In high season the square is extremely busy, with restaurant overflowing, but there is a much more tranquil feel after the season, as locals relax over a coffee.

 

A special delight of the tourist offer of Hvar is exploring the island, you can swim in untouched bays, or discover hidden villages which you can reach by car, by bicycle or at a pleasant walk through Mediterranean landscapes and in almost every spot there is a restaurant or an adequate place for refreshment.

 

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