The island of Hvar belongs to the group of central Dalmatian islands. It is the fourth largest island in Croatia with an area of almost 300 km2, and its closest neighbors are the islands of Brač, Korčula, and Vis.
Why do we love Hvar so much, an island that is really far from the coast? For starters, we love Hvar for its extremely clean air, as it is far enough from the harmful effects that civilization brings with it. Instead of polluted air, we smell its lavender fields, while ancient olive trees and numerous vineyards fill our eyes.
Furthermore, the island of Hvar is characterized by a mild climate with warm winters and pleasant summers, and it is interesting to note that the island has the sunniest hours in Croatia – as much as 2700 annually!
With its crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches and coves, and unique gastronomic offer, Hvar boasts a rich cultural and historical heritage.
Hvar has been inhabited for over 6000 years, and it is interesting how the island has changed its name with changes of government over time. In the time of ancient Greek colonization in the 4th century BC, the Old Town of Hvar was called Pharos, Greek for “lighthouse”. A century later, as the Greek rule came to a close and the island fell under the rule of ancient Rome, it changed its name to Pharia. Dalmatian Romans called it Fara, and in the Middle Ages, settled Croats named it Hvar.
The value of historical remains on the island has also been recognized by UNESCO. The Old Town Field and the Old Town’s historic core were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.
The island of Hvar represents a unique harmony between man and nature. Here you will be able to try various light and healthy dishes seasoned with homemade virgin olive oil. Hvar residents do not know frozen fish or imports – fruits and vegetables are freshly harvested, and seafood is taken out of the sea an hour before serving at many local restaurants. The rich gastronomic offer is rounded off by top-quality red and white wine.
If we still haven’t convinced you of how perfect Hvar is, HomeToGo, the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, has put Hvar in the 10th spot on their top trending destinations for summer 2019, noting the island has a year-on-year increase in searches of 199%.
A blend of tradition and quality healthy food, history and culture, lavish Mediterranean nature, plenty of sunshine and clean air, along with a rich nightlife… The island of Hvar can truly satisfy every tourist.