Visit and enjoy the sunniest island of Croatia with our “Hvar Tour”, tailor made to accommodate your wishes and serve you with the best-of-the-best the island has to offer. You will enjoy both the delicate beauty of Stari Grad and the dazzling allure of Hvar town, the islands two biggest towns. We will take you to the less known but infinitely lovely small towns Vrbovska and Jelsa. There we will also try the best Hvar wines and try some local delicacies. Of course, if you wish to change the itinerary and see something of the beaten track, your driver will gladly accommodate you.
Hvar belongs to a group of Middle Dalmatian Islands and is considered the sunniest Croatian island, with average of 2726 hours of sun annually. Hvar is easily recognizable for its numerous bays, some of which are completely uninhibited and some reachable only by the sea. Larger centers on the island of Hvar are Hvar town, Stari Grad and Jelsa.
Stari Grad (eng. “old town”) is historical heart of the island of Hvar. The town is situated in a landscape where the blue of the deep bay touches the green of the wide an famous field of Pharos, with vineyards and olive-groves. The fields used to provide sustenance and the bay provided protection.
Today, both the fields and the bay add an attractive quality to the island, in which the modern vacation sights have become intertwined with the antiquities of the town and of the island.
Because of its position in the middle of the Hvar island, for centuries Stari Grad was a safe harbour to sailors, which have been welcomed by town inhabitants on harbour promenade. Stari Grad bay is still regulary visited by most of the travellers on boats passing troughmiddle Dalmatia. Stop in at the Dominican monastery, founded in 1482 and damaged by the Turks in 1571. The monastery has an old library, archives and an archaeological collection. There is a majestic painting, The Interment of Christ by Tintoretto and two paintings by Gianbattista Crespi. Nearby in the church of St Nicolas is a wooden Baroque altar with statues of saints carved in the 17th century. The most outstanding building in Stari Grad is Tvrdalj, a large and well preserved fortified castle once belonging to the noted Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic.
Afterwards, we will take a ride to Hvar town, where another walking tour, with a local guide of course, awaits for us.
We (the author) arrived just in time to enjoy the effect of the setting sun upon that rocky landscape and the The Loggie. Exquisitely pretty town at the foot of the mountain, and sufficiently early to be able to take a rapid sketch just as the sun was beginning to sink behind the tower which rises to the west of the town. The fort behind and above the town was still in full sunlight, as was also the more distant fortress of San Niccolo, brought forcibly into relief by a bank of dark purple clouds which were massed behind it. Down below, close to the water’s edge, lay the town bathed in a flood of amber light, partly caused by the reflection of the golden sunset beyond, and partly by the coloring of the town itself, the houses of which are all painted with the warmest tints. In the middle of the town, close to the water’s edge, are the ” Loggie ” or Portico, an elegant building, which in the olden times of Venetian supremacy was used by the merchants as an ex- change to transact business in, as well as a hall of justice for the administration of the laws, and at the back a room is still shown where criminals and suspected persons underwent the question by torture. Immediately behind and above the Loggie rises Gurzola. Fort Spagnuolo, built by Charles V, connected with the town below by two long crenelated walls, enclosing in front a considerable space planted thick with colossal aloes, which in case of assault would, in olden times, have offered a very considerable impediment to the advance of troops.
Everything mentioned in the passage can still be seen in Hvar Town, from the famous town Loggia to the St. Nicolo fortress. Superbly preserved and still living its Venetian dream (it was mostly built during the tenure of Venetian Republic), the history of Hvar town reaches for several thousands years. Enjoy walking down the stone streets and reviving centuries of life in them!
From Hvar town, we take a tour of the island. Of course, you can change the itinerary as per your wishes, if you have anyhing of interest you want to see (and there is a great deals of things to see on the island). The tour usually encompasses Vrbovska, Pitve and Jesla, three charming small towns with much to recommend them.
In Jelsa, it’s time for some gastro pleasures. We will visit the renown Tomić winery for some wine and food tasting.
The winery is located on the Tomić family estate in the Bay Mina in Jelsa, a place with a long vine growing and wine-making. Today they produce between 130,000 and 150,000 bottles a year.You can take a walk down the manufacturing hall of the winery, where the wine is made. The tasting is organized in the basement, built on the model of ancient Roman dining and banquet rooms, called the Triclinium. It’s a wonderful space of which the owners are particularly proud: carved from massive stone blocks stone, with vaults of tufa and travertine pillars, much like the pillars in the cellars of Diocletian’s palace in Split. It is a perfect place for all those who want to briefly separated from the world and experience Hvar history, wine and stone in their unbreakable bond.
Afterwards, we will drive back to Stari Grad and board the 5.30 pm ferry back for Split.
PRICE: from 99 €
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 11
TRANSPORTATION: luxury mini bus, Mercedes Sprinter 513, the only one of its kind in Croatia.
DEPARTURE TIME: 8 am
END LOCATION: Split
DURATION: Full day program.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: The program as described, pick up, guide/driver, car transfer, Tomić winery tasting
WHAT IS EXCLUDED: Personal expenses
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