Expansive fields of lavender, copious olive groves and lush vineyards meet the eye when you step off the boat on the island of Hvar. Founded by the ancient Greeks as Pharos, Hvar went on to become a critical base in the Adriatic for subsequent rulers – from the Venetians to the Ottomans to Napoleon and the Austrians. It has always been a melting pot and continues to be one in the best sense. Walk through the historic Stari Grad (Old Town) of Hvar and step into another world of Venetian loggias, old world clock towers and cobble-stoned streets. The hub of Hvar’s activity and night life scene is at the old harbor. For a taste of provincial Dalmatia, drive a short distance to a local konoba for a home-cooked meal and wine from the backyard. Travel to Hvar and stroll down the sandy beaches at Jelsa or take a short hop across the water to the grotto at Vis, the artists community at Brac, or the Pakleni Islands. Submerge yourself in luxury with the charms of Hvar with Exeter International.
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