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I have been returning to Hvar for more than 30 years, and I believe it will never cease to fascinate me.

Rich architecture, nature, kind people, scent of lavender and rosemary, grilled fish and salty air. Fertile land behind Stari Grad is still shaped as "Hora" as it was after the collonisation of Greek settlers from island Paros in the Aegean sea in the fourth century B.C. Before the Greek, local settlers have been cultivating land since Neolithic times, organizing and improving the fertile fields in the central area between Stari Grad, Vrisnik, Pitve and Jelsa. The orientation towards agriculture instead of towards fishing is still noticeable in local culture.

The shape of the island is very long, and its most southern tip is very close to the mainland, which enabled very early inhabitants to collonize the island and has probably helped them reach other, more distant islands in the area. Local museums host interesting arceological finds, although those most valuable are kept in Split and Zagreb archeological museums.

If you care to get a broader overview of local history, I recommend a visit to Archaeological mueum in Split, if your journey takes you through this fascinating city. The museum isn't too large and overwhelming, and it usually has an interesting choice of high quality souvenirs and books in foreign languages as well. Armed with a few or more facts about local history, you might find your journey much more interesting and amusing.

  • Last visit to Hvar: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 10, 2010
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  • Stine620's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Hvar is the most beautiful place, nice page btw! LOve Hvar!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Ha, vidim, da sva bili v isti galeriji (Šoša), kjer prodajajo nakit Tanje Čurin. Čudovite ogrlice, takoj sem se zaljubila in eno kupila :) Lastnica je povedala, da jih dela ena Slovenka. Tudi Barbo Iveta si velja zapomniti. Oh, se 2,5 tedna :)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    We could not get to this island on our trip in May. You did a nice job of showing the sties and made good comments. +

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Now that's a beautiful moon pic :)

  • AUSSIECRO's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    HI Krista,1 june 2008 .05 is back ,, enjoy ya wine n beer cheers ,,

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:56 AM

    I didn't think places like that still existed:-) -- re the restaurant!Just popping in to look at Hvar again. I loved Jelsa, especially. Hoping you're well. D xx

  • Jan 3, 2008 at 7:22 AM

    Really interesting page as I missed out on Hvar when i went to Croatia. Are you still updating? I decided not to come back later, but look round now and it was worth it.

  • tpk2's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 3:59 AM

    Great Hvar page! I especially liked your Hvar cathedral photo. I'm getting married there in two weeks ;)

  • Wilecoyote's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2006 at 2:13 PM

    Hi Kristina, Ive just read your review on Carpe Diem Club in Hvar and i see you have wrote that VT wont allow you to upload video clips. I am going to Hvar soon. Would you be willing to email me a video clip if its not too much trouble. Thanks. Mark

  • Darkoze's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2006 at 12:46 PM

    Well, rather than commenting on each of your pages... your Croatia pages are fantastic. Pictures are gorgeous, the writing, exquisite. You should be writing travel books..or at least getting a cut or discount from the places that you mention. Odlicno!

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