Hidden Gems

Explore Hvar’s cultural scene on Croatia sailing holidays

By Jenny Wilson
on  October 31, 2015

Venturing on Croatia sailing holidays gives you a unique opportunity to explore the rich culture this country has to discover. The island of Hvar has a reputation as a party destination; however, it is also home to some of Croatia’s most fascinating historical attractions and has a thriving cultural scene.
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Hvar Town is a busy tourist destination and extremely popular with the yachting crowd. The Old Town is the location of not only plenty of charming winding streets but also Hvar Cathedral, which overlooks the main square and is a fabulous example of the local architecture. A Franciscan monastery dating from the 15th century has a beautiful painting of The Last Supper, while the fortress has spectacular views of the harbour.

There is also a 17th century theatre that was a thriving cultural centre for several centuries and staged plays until just a few years ago. Much of the original structure is undergoing restoration but you can still view some of the frescoes and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Hvar also has a 13th century arsenal, which now houses the Hvaroom art gallery.

Stari Grad is the other large town on the island and the oldest settlement, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Tvrdjalj, a villa built by famous Croatian poet and aristocrat Petar Hektorovic in the early 16th century, is well worth a visit. Wander among the gardens and ponds teeming with fish while you soak up Stari Grad’s tranquil atmosphere. There is also a Dominican monastery with an interesting museum and library.

If you fancy a break from the busy Hvar party scene, this island has plenty of cultural delights to offer.

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