Hvar Region

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General information

This region includes the entire island of Hvar, which belongs to the group of central Dalmatian islands. It is located in Split-Dalmatia County. Its area is 299.7 km2, making it the fourth Croatian island by area. The island is mostly covered with pine trees, which favors the vineyards that produce large quantities of wine. The island of Hvar is the sunniest Croatian island with a rich history. The biggest places on the island are: the town of Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa and Sućuraj. This region belongs to the predominantly rural region.

"Sunniest Croatian island with a rich history."
Hvar, izvor: Dado Barić
Crvene stijene, izvor: Dado Barić
NATURAL BEAUTIES
"Paklinski Islands are a collection of limestone islands in the Adriatic Sea, they are located a few hundred meters south of the town of Hvar."

The mountain on island, St. Nikola whose peak is 628 meters above sea level is a real treat for lovers of walking and climbing.

The cave above the St. Sunday which was inhabited from the Neolithic period.

Red rocks are a natural phenomenon vertically divided by normal rocks a reddish color which descends steeply into the sea. The layers of limestone under the influence of the sea and the rain made this beautiful phenomenon.

The Grapčeva cave is located in Humac, near Jelsa. It is a cult place Neolithic islanders (5000th-4000th years before Christ). The cave consists of large and small hall surrounded by hallways and chambers.

Sveta Nedilja, Izvor: Dado Barić
Špilja iznad Svete Nedjelje, Izvor: TZ Hvar
CULTURE AND SIGHTS

The Hvar fortress (or a citadela) is located on a hill above the town of Hvar and was built in the early 16th century. Today the fort keeps a collection of amphorae and other artifacts from ancient and medieval times.The fortress offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the town of Hvar and islands.

Hektorović Palace in Hvar is one of the most beautiful late-Gothic houses. Its construction began in 1463 and was never completed.

Benedictine monastery is in Hvar since 1664, when there came from Pag two nuns who began its work. Today is known throughout the world for its agave lace: there in the monastery this tradition passes from generation to generation almost 100-130 years.

Utvrda Fortica Hvar, Izvor: TZ Hvar
Benediktinski samostan na Hvaru, Izvor: TZ Hvar

The remains of the ancient city of Pharos in Stari Grad - Stari Grad (Pharos) is the oldest town on the island and one of the oldest in Europe. it was founded by Greek colonists in 384 or 385 BC and had the status of a free state (polis).

Fortress in Sućuraj - During the Venetian-Turkish wars Sucuraj was robbed and burnt three times. This fort was built in 1613, and damaged in the 2nd World War.

The church of St. Anthony in Sućuraj was built in 1663. It is an archaeological collection, there is a lot of amphorae that were found in the sea around Sucuraj.

Sucuraj Lighthouse is located on the eastern tip of the island, and was built in 1889.

Tradicija, Izvor: TZ Hvar
Tradicija, Izvor: TZ Hvar
Događanja i tradicija

"Following the Cross" is the intangible cultural heritage which is under UNESCO protection. The writings of this procession are dating back 1658 years, saying that the procession has been held for a long time on the island.

At the head of the procession is the cross bearer who is barefoot, carrying the cross covered with a black veil. Cross bearer has his own helpers, followers and singers who sing, bearers of "Torca" (large candles) and batištrada (procession leader). All are dressed in white tunics.

 

The interesting thing that binds with Hvar is agave lace. Benedictine monastery in Hvar today is known throughout the world for its agave lace, where this tradition passes from generation to generation almost 100-130 years. Hvar lace from agave is on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage of representative of the world. 

The tradition of lavender is an important part of the lifestyle of people from the Hvar. Today, the island of Hvar produces a wide range of lavender souvenirs, while previously they produced only oil that was then sold to producers of cosmetics. As the island of Hvar is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean, and the sun makes lavender from Hvar so fragrant, not surprising that the island of Hvar is known as the island of lavender.

"Benedictine monastery in Hvar today is known throughout the world for its agave lace“

"Island of Hvar is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean, and the sun makes lavender from Hvar so fragrant, not surprising that the island of Hvar is known as the island of lavender“

Lavanda, Izvor: TZ Hvar
Hvarska čipka od agave, Izvor: TZ Hvar

The tradition of beekeeping on the island of Hvar is very long, but thanks to archaeological research on the island of Hvar, it is known that the Romans considered honey as an essential food. Among the nectar plants of the island of Hvar are: rosemary, sage, lavender and heather.

Honey made from rosemary is clear and transparent, has a pleasant taste and it is one of the better types of honey.

Sage honey is pale honey, it is good in curing respiratory diseases.

Lavender is one of the best plants for honey, except of very nice smell it gives one of the best type of honey.

As for the honey of heather, he looks turbid and he quickly crystallizes.

Hvarski med, Izvor: TZ Hvar
Gastronomija i vino

The tradition of beekeeping on the island of Hvar is very long, but thanks to archaeological research on the island of Hvar, it is known that the Romans considered honey as an essential food. Among the nectar plants of the island of Hvar are: rosemary, sage, lavender and heather.

Honey made from rosemary is clear and transparent, has a pleasant taste and it is one of the better types of honey.

Sage honey is pale honey, it is good in curing respiratory diseases.

Lavender is one of the best plants for honey, except of very nice smell it gives one of the best type of honey.

As for the honey of heather, he looks turbid and he quickly crystallizes.

Vinograd na Hvaru, Izvor: TZ Hvar
Paprenjaci, Izvor: Dado Barić

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