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Vrboska is a small town and a harbour on the central part of the northern coast of the island of Hvar. It lies in a narrow and deeply indented bay, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and a forest of pine.
Vrboska is divided into two parts: the eastern part calledPjaca (a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque houses) and western part Podva (with churches, narrow streets and houses built in Renaissance and Gothic style) which are connected by little bridges joining the two banks. This gives indescribable charm to the place. Main occupations include vineculture, farming, fishing, olive growing and tourism.Vrboska is famous for its beautiful beaches and virgin nature, due to it is a well-known tourist center.
The town Jelsa is located in the middle of the island of Hvar and is mild, clean and open hearted to the guests and travelers. Jelsa is surrounded by the two highest mountains on the island – in the west St. Nikola, and in the east Hum. From the south side Jelsa is surrounded by mountains Vrh, Samotorac and Gozdfrom the north side it is protected from cold north winds by the hill Biokovo.
The start of tourism on the island going back deep into the past, to ancient times and the Middle Age. There are finds of thevillae rusticae throughout the field of Hvar, and also economic buildings and summer cottages. Many adventurers, ethnologists and archaeologists visited the island and researched the herbs, minerals and the antique monuments in the Middle Age.
The organized tourism began with the founding of the Hygiene club Hvar under the leadership of the bishop Jurje Dubokovic.
Stari Grad (Pharos) is the oldest town inCroatia. The same year – 384 b.c. when greek philoshoper Aristotel was born in Trakia, the greeks from the island of Paros in Agean sea have settled the town on the island of Hvar, and named it Pharos.
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 asafe 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 trough middle Dalmatia.
The town of Hvar, with its 3 672 inhabitants (2001), is the largest settlement on the island of Hvar. It is situated on the south-western coast of the island, in the cove protected by Pakleni Islands (Pakleni otoci in Croatian) in the south and a low crest in the north. The name of the town of Hvar derives from the Greek name Pharos, the ancient name for the whole island and the town of Stari Grad (Hvar became an island’s centre in 13th century).
The town’s harbour provided a suitable location for a port, being geographically ideal and also protected by Pakleni islands, making it a safe haven for boats hiding from hazardous winds. Pakleni Islands is a small archipelago where, on the biggest island of Sveti Klement, Palmizana Marina is located. There are also many beautiful beaches on the archipelago. Regular connections between Pakleni islands and Hvar are provided by taxi boats.
The town of Hvar is the centre of the island’s tourism, one of the favorite destinations in Croatia and one of the most prominent and visited tourist centers in the whole Adriatic Sea. The main attractions are: pleasant climate, a lot of sunshine, natural beauties, various accommodation facilities, gastronomic offer, sports and recreational opportunities, active nightlife…. Restaurants and taverns offer excellent fish specialities, with exquisite local wines.
The guests have a variety of quality accommodations at their disposal in hotels, apartments, guest houses, boarding houses and campsites. Sports and recreational opportunities are excellent – beach yoga, safari tours, tennis, climbing, hiking, basketball, football, water sports and many more.
You can find crystal clear sea with rocky and small gravel beaches in Hvar, and the most beautiful ones are on the Pakleni islands. Among them, the most popular are: Jerolim – a well-known and long-established naturist beach equipped with showers, restaurant and a store. Zdrilca – a woody cove on the Pakleni islands with several pebble beaches, many hidden spots for relaxing and enjoying, with few restaurants. Stipanska – naturist beach equipped with showers, restaurant and a small shop.
Palmizana – an extensive cove with a shallow beach. It is surrounded with dense pine woods, bushes of scented heather and rosemary, and different exotic plants. Pokonji Dol – a gravel cove with pebble beach, not far away from town Mekicevica – only 2.5 km east of the centre of town, it consists of two pebble beaches.