Island in the sun – Hvar!
11 Aug 2016

One of the absolute landmarks one has to see in Croatia is Hvar, known as the sunniest island on the Adriatic coast. We bring to you some of the most enchanting cities on the island… They are truly the remnants of ancient Mediterranean cities with narrows streets, pine trees and old stone houses…

here is a 19th century quote about the stunning landscape around Hvar town, known as Lesina back then:

ON the rocky fastnesses above the little town of Lesina, two proud castles rise against the sky, which played their part long since in the town’s “island story” now but silent witnesses of the conflicts of yore, in the centuries when Dalmatia waged defensive war, or kept, In intervals of peace, incessant watch and ward against the Turk. So grey are these old forts, so grey the mountains, that they seem part of one another ; but if you climb up to them in spring-time you find the apparent barren waste becomes on near approach a garden of wild flowers. Yellow and white marguerites, not the common ox-eye daisies, but the marguerites of our gardens and window-boxes at home, with delicate blue-grey foliage are here in masses, together with flaunting scarlet poppies; wild thyme scents the air, bushes with wildrose-like flowers grow in the crevices of the rocks, and in the ruined walls of the fort are mighty aloes, rearing their sword-like leaves against the sky, while here and there the locust tree, so hence the olive in its quaint gnarled growth, makes a patch of darkest green against the grey stones.

And here are some photos of this loveliness…

STARI GRAD:

 


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Hvar town, Church of St. Marko

 

VRBOVSKA:

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SUĆURAJ

 

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More islands to come!!

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