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Island Hvar

The island of Hvar with its balance between rich natural gifts and adequate human attendance, represents an ideal place of serene living and repose. Due to it's pleasant climate and convenient havens and its arable land well-suited for cultivation and for the defence, this was recognised in the earliest history; island of Hvar was inhabitted in the earliest prethistoric times. Greek colonists from the island of Pharos already founded a strong urban centre on the location of today's Stari Grad in 384-85 BC. Later battles between the Illyrians and Romans confirmed the importance and value of this territory, and each of these peoples also left distinctive traces of their presence, ranging from evidence of developed Neolithic activity to the monuments of Classical antiquity.

Despite all of the social and political changes, the island of Hvar has continual communal self-assertion, artistic activity and asense of Croatian ethnicity. This island ( together with Dubrovnik) was certainly the greatest centre of early Croatian literature and at the same time a privileged domain of architecture, sculpture, painting and music. During the Gothic, Renaissance, Mennerism and Baroque periods, representative churces and places were erected, valuable pictures and sculptures were obtained, and urban and rural environments of extraordinary form and beauty were created. Croatian cultural figures such as Hanibal Lucic, Petar Hektorovic, Vinko Pribojevic, Miksa Pelegrinovic, Martin Benetovic and Marin Gazarovic lived and worked on Hvar in the 1 and 17th centuries. There were many who tried their hand at various creative disiplines. The summer residence of Lucic and Hektorovic in Hvar and Stari Grad today bear witness to a lively interconnection of art and everyday life, necessity and freedom, and the elite and the common people.

The agrarian heart of the island, mainly a wine growing district, was for a long time a guarantee of economic prosperity, but it also gave rise to an impressive cultural superstructure, from the Greek land parcelling (the first "centuriation" of public land in history) and the megalithic walls of Pharos, to the outstanding fortifications and the rich "villae rusticae" with their decorative mosaics.
The island is characterized by rosemary and lavender planting and by lavender oil manufacturing.
It is also characterized by agava lace, produced by the nuns of the Benedictian monastery in Hvar. They collected agava leaves, at least three years old, than they pulled out leaf threads 1 meter long, treating it in 3 different ways for more. The agava lace has been produced for more than 100 years. The climate is mild Mediterranian with the longest insolation in country (2718 hours per year).

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PAKLENI OTOCI
Pakleni otoci (Hvarski skoji) are a group of twenty islands and cliffs that stretch in front of the south east coast of island Hvar. Islands are a favourite excursion site due to their extreme beauty, sandy, pebble beaches and beautiful bays suitable for bathing, underwater fishing and water sports. The largest island is St. Klement, and the only populated place is Vlaka. On the Jerolim island across the Hvar city there is a nudistic beach and a camp. The most popular excursion is to the bay and the nautic Marina Palmižana (Vinogradisce cove). It is a vast bay with a shallow sand, surrounded by thick pine wood and various exotic plants. On Palmižana, there are several board and lodgings and restaurants with excellent gastro offer. The islands are perfect for sailors, and when it comes to divers, they say that these are one of the prettiest islands in Mediteranian. Pakleni otoci can be reached by taxi boats or rented boats.

HUMAC
The village Humac is located 7km east from Jelsa, in the intact nature offering the beautifull view on the both sides of ithe sland. Humac was once a pastoral village, located on the altitude of 350 meters offering a view on bays and capes on the west side of island, but also on the island of Brac and Makaska coast. The village was founded in the 17th century. The church of St John and Paul was built at the beginnig of the 20th century. The houses in Humac are made of stone, they are well maintained, common and they make a unique complex of the rural architecture. The houses present an important ’ethnographic monument’. In Humac, there is a restaurant opened during the summer where guests can enjoy delicious meals made in the atmosphere of an old, traditional Dalamtian rustic house

VRBOSKA is the smallest town on the island located in a long, narrow and pictursque bay, it is the unique fiord on the Adriatic, whose shores are connected by three stone bridges (like ones in Venice) giving the village an indescribable charm and an intimate wormth. The bay is surrounded with pine woods, vinyards and olive trees. This small town will attract you with it’s originality, peace and beauty. Due to it’s small stone bridges it carries a name ’Little Venice’. It consists of two parts: the Renaissance-Baroque Podva with a row of stone made houses in line with the shore and Pjaca with churches, narrow streets, City lodge remains and houses with Gothic and Renaissance marks.

STARI GRAD is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is situtaed on the north-west of the island of Hvar in a deep and protected bay. The city has a special charm, it is located in the place where the deep sea bay exceeds into a fertile valley planted with vineyards, olive grows and lavender. It is an ancient city and a city of cultural monuments where almost every stone has it’s own story. Many monuments testify its long history: a mosaic dating from Roman Ages, early -Christian baptistery and the church of St John; Tvrdalj (1520)- a fortified summer house of the poet Petar Hektorovic with Croatian and Latin inscriptions, fish pond surrounded with arcades and garden, a Dominican monastery (collection of archeological items and the collection of stone monuments) , the picturesque square Skor formed in the Baroque period with a couple of family houses, etc..

HVAR city - is situated on the south-west coast of the island in a beutifull bay protected by Pakleni otoci. It is an admistrative and cultural center of Hvar and one of the most important touristic centers of Adriatic. The mild Mediterranean climate is suitable for healing and rehabilitation with plenitude of sun, mild winters, very small number of rainy days and practicly no snow. It is characterized by natural beauties, vegetation (palms, agavas, laurel, rose mary, pine woods), clear sea, stone and small pebble beaches, quality and diverse accomodation in hotels and apartments, and many sports and recreation options. Hvar has a extraotdinary cultural-historical herritage-it has the oldest theater in Croatia, it is also one of the first district theaters in Europe (opened in 1612), the Renaissance cathedral of St Stephen, the Franciscan monastery, the fortress with a gorgeous view of Pakleni otoci and ithe sland of Vis...

GRAPCEVA SPILJA (Grapceva spilja)– is situated under the Humac village on the central part of island Hvar. The cave consists of small(13,5x5 m) and big (22x23 m) chamber surrounded with halls and smaller rooms. The oldest culture sediment belongs to the early Neolithic period (coloured ceramic of Hvar’s culture)

SPILJA SVETE NEDJILJE (Sveta Nedjelja cave) is situated above the village having the same name. It has astonishing dimensions and an impresive interior. In prehistorical period people used it as a shelter and for performing rituals, in the 16th century there was a smaller hermit's dwelling.

MARKOVA SPILJA (Markova cave) is situated at the western frontier of Hvar, on the area named Pelegrin. Some conducted explorations revealed the earliest traces of the human presence on Hvar, around 7000 years BC.

PITVE – VRISNIK- SVIRCE (Rudine, Selca, Dol, Vrbanj) – villages that kept their rural architecture over the centuries- small squares, narrow streets, house holds consisting of house, well and cattle house.

  Rental suite's code Apartments SLEEPS Distance to sea Distance to center
409 IH-VST 409 1 6+3 15m 2000m
0127 IH-SUC 0127 1 5+0 100m 100m
0002 IH-HVA 0002 2 8+2 300m 1000m