By Stefanie Michaels
Hvar is an island in the Adriatic Sea, located in Croatia. A part of the islands of Dalmatia, it is known for its beaches, clear waters, and Mediterranean climate. It is the longest island in the Adriatic Sea and has a rich history dating back to ancient times.
Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. This followed a period of political turmoil and war in Yugoslavia as various ethnic groups sought greater autonomy and independence. They were finally recognized as an independent country on January 15, 1992, by the international community.
Today, Hvar is known for its nightlife, especially in the town of Hvar, and is considered one of the most popular party spots in Croatia. It also boasts historic sites like St. Stephen’s Square and the fortress Spanjola, picturesque villages, many outdoor activities like hiking, windsurfing, and sailing, high-end resorts, and its wine and lavender production.
The island is also known for its many festivals, including Hvar Summer Festival, an annual event featuring concerts, theater performances, and dance parties.
The Film Festival takes place in June, Hvar sailing regatta happens in June and July. Their Lavender Festival is held in July, featuring tastings, workshops, and other events, and Wine Fest is in September.
The people of the island of Hvar are called Hvartani or Hvarci in Croatian. The official language of Croatia is Croatian.—a Slavic language closely related to other Slavic languages such as Slovenian, Serbian, and Bosnian.
The currency used in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK).
1. Visit the historic St. Stephen’s Square in the town of Hvar, which is home to several important buildings and monuments.
2. Explore the medieval fortress Spanjola, which offers panoramic views of the island and the surrounding sea.
3. Relax on one of the island’s many beautiful beaches, such as Dubovica, Jerolim, or Sveta Nedelja.
4. Take a boat tour to explore the Pakleni Islands, known for their crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches.
5. Hike through the island’s rugged interior, which offers scenic views and a chance to see local wildlife.
6. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and its art collection, dating back to the 14th century.
7. Take a wine-tasting tour and sample local wines like the Hvar Plavac Mali or Bogdanusa.
8. Visit the lavender fields on the island, and learn about the traditional method of growing and harvesting lavender.