ISLAND OF HVAR

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F. A. Q. about island Hvar Croatia

How to get to Hvar?

Best way is to take a ferry or private speed boat transfer from Split port. It is only one hour from Split.

Does Hvar island have an airport?

No it does Not. You should go to Split and take ferry or private transfer to get to Hvar.

What to do in Hvar?

There is so much to do in Hvar. During the day you can visit Fortica fortress above Hvar town, Arsenal (the oldest theatre in Europe), Pakleni islands, hike, kayaking, daily sailing, speed boat tours, swiming, snorkeling and much more. During the night you can have great dinner or have a great party.

When to visit Hvar?

During the Summer is the best.

Is Hvar popular tourist destination?

Yes, it is very popular.

Is Hvar expensive?

It is bit expensive.

Why is Hvar so popular?

Because it is so beautiful and full of history and monuments, but also very nice to have fun, party,enjoy best sea and later nightlife.

How far is Hvar from Split?

It is 25NM far from Split, around one hour with speed boat.

BLUE lagoon TOUR FROM HVAR – IS IT POSSIBLE?

Mostly it is going on from Split, but it can be arrange from island Hvar, town Trogir, island Brac, island Vis, island Solta and other places, especially for large group, however it depends on arrangement. PRIVATE TOURS AND TRANSFERS go wherever needed of course.

BLUE cave TOUR FROM HVAR – IS IT POSSIBLE?

Mostly it is going on from Split, but it can be arrange from island Hvar, town Trogir, island Brac, island Vis, island Solta and other places, especially for large group, however it depends on arrangement. PRIVATE TOURS AND TRANSFERS go wherever needed of course.

Historical overview of Island of hvar croatia

The island of Hvar is one of the most beautiful and important islands of the Central Dalmatian area. Its history goes back as far back as prehistoric times, 3500 BC. Around 385 BC, ancient Greek colonists from the Greek island of Paros in the Aegean see founded their colony on the site of present-day Starigrad on the island of Hvar and named it Pharos. This event is officially the first known record of life on the island, although it is known that colonists on the island have found an indigenous population, and archaeologists have later been able to find evidence of life dating back to 3500 BC.

When conquering the islands, they were helped by Dionysius Syracuse, who at that time already owned the island of Vis ( Issa ). Vis was trading and military center of this part of the Adriatic Sea. Because these relatively young colonies were poorly defended, the indigenous population attacked them quite successfully, Because of this, the colonists called for help from their allies from Lissos, where Dionysius’s governor stood, who then sent a fleet of warships – the Terrier. Thay have conquered the island. This battle is described in old scriptures and is considered the first naval battle on the Adriatic.

Middle ages and prosperity

The Middle Ages were very interesting from the perspective of Hvar, because it was truly a leader in many fields at that time. Following the examples of neighboring towns, in February 1278, the people of Hvar made the decision to enter the Venetian administration. With this act, the ascent of Hvar began. Because of its favorable maritime position it became one of the most important cities of the Venetian Republic. In the years before the Turkish invasion of 1571, the city experienced prosperity, becoming a significant port of the Venetian fleet in the Adriatic. In addition to its military importance, Hvar was also a strong economic and commercial center. Strong fishing and agriculture in the 16th century led to the Hvar commune being the richest commune in Dalmatia by population.

island of Hvar, Croatia

Turkish invasion, big explosion and plague

However, on August 19, 1571, the city was attacked by a Turkish fleet under the command of Uluz-Aliyah and Karakoce. The Ottomans sailed into Hvar with 73 ships. They burned down the houses, the Arsenal, the Prince’s Palace, the communal office, the archives, all the churches and monasteries. A few months after the Turkish attack, in the beginning of 1572, the plague was devastating. Two-thirds of the population died.

The accident was not the end. On the first day of October 1579, early in the morning, a thunderstorm struck a fortress warehouse. Chain explosions tore down the fort, and its stone parts, weapons, wooden beams and human remains were scattered throughout the city. Most residential buildings and public buildings were destroyed or damaged. However, Hvar recovered from the devastation at the end of the 16th century, and in the next century emerged as a rich city with a thriving economy. Due to the many wars in the Mediterranean and the increasing strengthening of the Western powers, the Venetian Republic started to lose its strenght.

It was completed by Napoleon Bonaparte with victories in northern Italy in 1796. Austria occupied Hvar on July 26, 1797, when Venice’s power over the island ceases to exist forever. Peace at Campoformi October 18, 1797. The Venetian Republic officially ceased to exist. Austria did not rule for long in this area, it was soon replaced by the French. In 1919. the island was occupied by the Italians, under whose authority it remained until the Rapallo Treaty was signed in 1921, when the island fell into the hands of the newly established Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

ISLAND OF MODERN CROATIA

During World War II, Hvar from 1941 to 1945 nominally belonged to the Independent State of Croatia, but garrisons of Italian and German armies were on the island until the capitulation of Germany. After the Second World War, Hvar, like all of Croatia, was part of socialist Yugoslavia.

Famous fortress

Fortica Fortress rises over the northern, old part of the town of Hvar. A fortress rises on a hill about a hundred meters high. The people of Hvar have traditionally called it Fortica (from Italian fortezza = fort), and since the 16th century it has been called Španjola (Spanish) fort. Fortica with its city walls was once the central defense fort of the town of Hvar, the centuries-old patron saint of the city and the port. The fortress was built relatively slowly in the 14th – 16th centuries and was financed mostly by the sale of sea salt. Originally built by Spanish engineers, it is believed that this is why it bears one of two names (Spanjola).

The oldest theater in Europe

The Hvar Theater has an indispensable place in the history of the theater in general, since it was the first civic theater in Europe since its foundation in 1612. The theater was erected over Arsenal, the most recognizable view of the city of Hvar, a space that once served as a galley repair facility, and was a repository of naval supplies and even a powder and ammunition depot for a period of time.

A modern tourist island

The town of Hvar is truly the pearl of Croatian tourism and is equally popular with the younger and older generations as it offers everything you could imagine in the summer months on a very small area. Hvar is full of sunshine and has over 330 sunny days within a year, making it suitable for growing some of the finest autochthonous wine varieties like (Plavac mali), olives, vines and more. The beautiful islands in front of the town of Hvar (Pakleni otoci) as well as the rich gastronomic offer with the participation of the world’s best chefs. Hvar, are constantly and repeatedly delighting their visitors who are coming in increasing numbers. Restaurants, hotels, day trips, wine tours, boat trips, daily sailing, excursions, dream weddings, concerts, theatre plays, organized sunrise trips, kayaking and more that Hvar offers are a real magnet for tourists from all parts of the world. Hvar is truly a destination you must visit as soon as the opportunity arises and believe you will not regret it.

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