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A Brief Guide To Hvar, The Island That Has A Little Bit of Everything

By Jenny Wilson
on  May 19, 2017

Hvar has long been one of the most popular Croatian islands because of its beauty and, most importantly, its diversity. Luring creatives, celebrities and travellers to its shores for centuries, Hvar has a little something to offer everyone on a Mediterranean sailing getaway.

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For the History Lovers

Stari-grad was first colonised in 385 BC by the Greeks, who quickly set to work establishing a series of settlements and organised fields which can still be seen in the centre of Hvar island today. After control from Roman and Byzantine forces, Croatian settlers established their presence during the 8th century, and all of this activity makes Hvar a must-visit location for every history lover.

Hvar Town used to be renowned for pirates in medieval times, but it’s possible to step even further back in time. Grapčeva špilja is one of the best examples of Neolithic cave dwellings in the region and the incredibly preserved stalagmites and stalactites will take your breath away. Human remains from 4,000 BC have been uncovered here and the atmosphere is even more spectacular than can be imagined.

Let Your Hair Down

Don’t let the quiet parts of Hvar deceive you, because you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which restaurant or cocktail bar you want to spend your evening enjoying! With everything from charming family-run eateries to VIP bars famous for attracting royalty, you’ll find somewhere to suit your style and your mood on Hvar island.

Soak in the Spectacular Scenery

With everything from secluded coves and family-owned vineyards, to tiny inlets and fragrant lavender fields to explore, you’ll be greeted with stunning sweeping views of this unspoilt landscape whichever way you look.

Enjoy the Ocean on Your Sailing Getaway

With so many activities to take part in and sights to see on shore, it can be all too easy to forget about the spectacular world that exists beneath the waves. The waters are crystal clear, giving you some incredible views of historic ship wrecks and supremely colourful sea life.

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