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Posted by Maros on February 7, 2019
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Hvar

The island of Hvar is the 4th most populated island and definitely the most popular and known Croatian island. The combination of incredible nature and posh style. The rich fauna of Hvar is unique in the region. Hvar is one of the rear islands having its own water springs. Besides kilometers of pineapple walking paths, there are many lavender fields on the island. Thanks to exclusive microclimate, Hvar gets no less than 300 sunny days per year.

Hvar was inhabited back in pre-historic times. It has been ruled by Romans, Greeks, and Venetians. The ancient Greeks founded a colony on the North West side of the island. This is where the city of Stari Grad (meaning the old town) is placed. It is one of the oldest towns in the whole of Europe. The agricultural landscape set up by Greeks remaining in its original form earned Stari Grad a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stari Grad is rich in historic buildings and squares. Getting lost in the historic lanes brings you to the fine restaurants.

The posh party-goers choose the Southern part of the island as a destination. The Hvar Town remains a jet-set must-visit for the last century for a reason. Numerous bars, each and every distinctive by a unique and modern concept, spread around the main square. The baroque cathedral in the middle creates romantic scenery. Another place for romantic souls is a Hula-hula beach bar with magnificent sunsets. The lounge in the middle of nature lays in the bay on the West from town, connected with it by pine-tree walk path. A 20 minutes hike above the town gets you to the Spanjola Fortress. It was originally built in the 13th century and protected the city during the Turkish invasions in the 16th century. It is open for tourist to enjoy the wonderful look on the Pakleni island and the blue.

On the North of the island on Gradina peninsula, the town of Jelsa is positioned. Jelsa is a market town with Pjaca (meaning shopping square) in the center. The fountain the in middle of the square with fresh water was built in 1934. The church of St. Mary dates back in 1331.

When visiting islands many forget the beauty of the mainland. Popular hiking tour enables discovering many abandoned villages, which locals left with the spread of tourism and the decline of traditional agriculture. Hiking from Veliko Grablje to Malo Grablje is a unique experience of getting lost in the scents of lavender fields.

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