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Croatia's Most Beautiful Island By Hvar

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A February 2005 trip to Hvar by Owen Lipsett

Hvar Town Seen From The West Photo, Hvar, Croatia More Photos
Quote: What’s the prettiest of Croatia’s thousand islands? According to the notoriously image-conscious Croatians themselves it’s Hvar. Notwithstanding a brush with the notorious bura, a visit in March allowed me to explore its beauty and history free of the posing hordes. So I certainly agree with their choice!

Croatia's Most Beautiful Island By Hvar

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Hvar Town Seen From The West Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is of such beauty that most superlatives seem to have been conceived of solely to describe it. Nevertheless, a walk along the water’s edge on Hvar Town’s uniquely indented harbor is a visual experience matched only perhaps by the view from the Citadel overlooking the town, which interposes grey-flecked stone buildings between the brilliant white of the wharf and the blue of the Adriatic. The island’s rugged interior, best seen on the white-knuckle local bus service to Stari Grad, its other main settlement, is equally stunning in its way, particularly in the spring when lavender (Hvar’s main crop) adds color to the scenery and perfume to the air. The island’s we...Read More

Apartment Pension

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Hotel | "Apartment Pension Ćurin"

Apartment Pension Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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Often, the most unfortunate travel experiences lead to the best stories. In this case, somewhat confusing information regarding bus timetables led to my being stranded at Stari Grad’s ferry terminal, 20km from Hvar Town, along with three college students who were also staying here. Buffeted by the legendarily fierce bura wind, which often cancels ferries, and despairing of any other safe means of reaching the pension, we called Mr. Ćurin, who had offered to pick us up at the Hvar Town bus station. Rather than being irritated at the long drive, his only concern was that we hadn’t telephoned sooner! Location: Pension Curin’s only possible drawback is its location, west of Hvar Tow...Read More

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Apartment Pension
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Hvar, Croatia
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Stari Grad: Not Just Any Old Town

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New Buildings for An Old Port Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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"Stari Grad" literally means "Old Town" in Serbo-Croatian and considering that it’s the most ancient continuously inhabited settlement in Croatia, this is fitting. Founded by Ionian Greeks from Syracuse at the foot of a deep, mile-long bay that today shares its name, it was also adjacent to fertile farmland, with the result that it quickly became agriculturally self-sufficient. This bounty was a double-edged sword, however, as it made the settlement a valuable prize for the litany of peoples who that passed through the ancient Adriatic. By the Middle Ages, Croatians formed the town’s demographic core, and while Venice assumed political control, it exerted far less cultural inf...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

Looking for History in Hvar Town

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St. Stephen's Cathedral Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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Most people come to Hvar Town for its beauty, nightlife, and beaches – with good reason. If you’re seeking history, however, you can easily walk between these sights in a leisurely half-day. While I managed to glimpse the interior of the Cathedral, if you visit at any time outside the summer months you’ll likely only be able to see the exteriors of the buildings discussed below, although having the place more or less to yourself more than compensates.The Citadel overlooking Hvar Town is the best place to begin any exploration for two reasons. First, it affords an unparalleled view of the town, its harbor, and the surrounding countryside. Second, the zigzagging ...Read More

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A Brief History of the Island of Hvar

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Hvar Town Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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Although its natural beauty and nightlife are what draw most visitors to Hvar, it also has the richest history of any of Croatia’s islands. Unfortunately its museums (when they’re open) don’t do justice to it and the visible fragments of its past glories tend to be just that. Consequently, I hope that this summary may be of some use to you should you wish to seek out the origin of its innumerable attractive buildings. Archaeologists date the human presence on Hvar to the 3rd millennium before Christ, on account of some pottery fragments found in caves on the island. Despite its crucial position at the heart of trading routes along the Adriatic Coast, there was no permanent settlement u...Read More

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Owen Lipsett

Owen Lipsett
New York, New York

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