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Luxury in Hvar Island: Modern buzz and precious tradition

Some say the island of Hvar is the star of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been of importance since historic times because of its significant strategic and maritime location, the wealth of the various historical periods and its cultural and literary heritage. Thanks to the mild winters and gorgeous summers, many tourists are attracted to Hvar for the overwhelming natural beauty of the Mediterranean, the rich tradition and architecture. Celebrities from all over the world come here lately because of the hype that started about the magnificence of Hvar. Being an island, separation from the mainland can sometimes be a drawback, but it also provides some respite from the hustle and bustle of modern civilisation. Instead, there are immense lavender fields, ancient olive trees and vineyards, a harmonious symphony between man and nature. Throughout the centuries, the island remained a custodian of the strong cultural identity. Hvar has celebrated 140 years of formal tourism, and today it counts under the ten most picturesque islands in the world.

The Town Square in Hvar stands out as one of the most eye-catching in Croatia. The Cathedral of St. Stephen was built during the 16th and 17th centuries and dominates one end of the Town Square. All four storeys of the bell tower of this cathedral are lavishly decorated. The walls of the fortress at the top of the adjacent hill encompass parts of the city. People have been living on this island since prehistory and in this day and age, you can rent a luxury villa in Hvar for luxurious accommodation on your island holiday. Distinctive ceramics decorated with spiral ornaments in various colours were found at a nearby Neolithic archaeological site that dates back to 3500-2500B.C. Another exceptional tradition on the island is that of making lace from the threads of agava leaves. Nuns from the Benedictine monastery in Hvar are professionals of this exquisite craft. The Croatian island has a typically Mediterranean climate, with lush vegetation and abundant animal life, including a wide variety of marine species.

  • Boating
  • Mountain-climbing
  • Cultural visits
  • Vineyards
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Touring

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Activities

Visit the Spanjola Fortress with panoramic views of the town of Hvar and the Pakleni Islands. The beaches have lovely bays sheltered by pinewoods with lots of shade. There is a vibrant nightlife with night clubs, cafes, cocktail bars and dancing clubs like Carpe Diem, Veneranda and Vertigo in Jelsa. Traditional delicacies in restaurants and cafes are local grilled squid with cucumber salad. Age-old cuisine which favours real homemade wine over sparkling commercial wines, is not to be missed. The traditional craft of lace knotting makes for exceptional gifts!

Those with lots of energy, can leave the comfort of their private rental villa and indulge in activities like cycling, kayaking, sailing, diving, and fishing. Or you can go swimming, hiking or walking. Rock climbing is an all-time favourite and the Jeep tours are similarly popular.

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