he island of Hvar, the king of the Dalmatian islands, has historically been known for its important strategic and nautical position, the richness of the layers of historical periods, cultural and natural monuments and literature.
Situated in a picturesque natural setting, facing the south, the sunny side of the world, which has given it all the Mediterranean appeal and brightness, facing the sea that has in return rewarded it with its glorious and unforgettable history, Hvar is an inexhaustible treasure trove of scenes, ambience and adventure.
Due to the large number of sunny days, it is often called the Sunny Hvar.
TOP 5 SIGHTS
1. The central Hvar Square of St. Stephen or Pjaca,
The central Hvar Square of St. Stjepan or Pjaca, is the largest square in Dalmatia. Pjaca is a favorite gathering place and a promenade of numerous guests. Numerous restaurants and cafés are located here. Initially it was wider than today and fenced in by the gardens, but due to the lack of space within the fortified town, the inhabitants built houses in the northern part of Pjaca, in front of the city walls. In the center of Pjaca is a communal well from 1520 that was repaired in 1780 and 1830. Pjaca was completely paved in 1780.
2. Fortress Spanjola (Fortica)
Above Hvar lies the Fortress of Spain. This beautifully preserved fortification facility was built in the mid-16th century. You can climb it up the stairs and steps from the city centre or take the car by the excellent road. We strongly recommend that you visit this fortress as it offers a fantastic view of Hvar and Pakleni islands.
3. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The Renaissance bell tower of the cathedral, along with the other Hvar bell towers, is considered the most beautiful in Dalmatia. The Cathedral caters to many valuable works of art and paintings by renowned painters such as Stefano Celesti, Palma Junior and Spanish painter Juan Boschettus, and the most famous painting is Madonna, a work of Protestant painting, one of the oldest in Dalmatia, created in 1220.
4. Pakleni Islands
The Pakleni Islands are the most beautiful part of Hvar, and we could easily say the entire Croatian Riviera. The island is about 10 km long and contains some twenty small and big islets covered by low pine woods. These islands are one of the most beautiful parts of Hvar’s aquarium and hide a lot of swimming places and gorgeous bays with crystal clear sea.
5. Franciscan monastery
The Franciscan Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1461 at the initiative of the then Bishop of Hvar, and four years later the church was built at the site of the Chapel of St. Crisis.
Inside the monastery you can see church books, dresses, manuscripts, numismatic collection and a rich collection of paintings by the old masters, of which the most famous painting is ‘The Last Supper’.
Guests enjoy a rich calendar of events in the summer evenings, such as Fishermen’s Fiesta, Ultra Europe Hvar, Old Town Summer Festival, Lavender Festival and various festivals throughout the summer.