This morning your guide will meet you for the short stroll to the ferry port where you will board one of the scheduled high-speed catamarans to the Island of Hvar.
It is believed that Hvar Island has been inhabited since antiquity. In the 4th Century BC, Greek settlers
founded a trade colony here and called it Pharos (the Greek word for lighthouse). When the Slavs settled here in the 7th century, they started calling the island Hvar. In the following centuries, Venetians and Habsburgs sought to control the island because of its strategic location, fertile soil, and secluded harbors. Today, Hvar is one of the most visited destinations on the Dalmatian coast, which is undoubtedly influenced by its stunning location and the fact that it has the highest number of sunny days in the year on the Adriatic coast.
You will arrive on the island right in the town of Hvar. Through the course of history, Hvar Town has been a melting pot of cultures and influences and is still bursting with history, art and culture, and the home of Europe’s oldest municipal theater, which was built in the early 17th century over an arsenal in a peacemaking attempt by the then ruler of Hvar. Your guide will explain the major sights here in Old Town, including the harbor, the Renaissance Cathedral, and the Benedictine Convent, where the nuns spend their lives praying and weaving elaborate laces from the fibers of the agave plant. The convent’s museum shows some delicate and intricate lace designs, some dating to the late 19th century.
To the north of the main square and towering over the town, you may decide to explore Hvar’s fortress, which is known as Spanjola as it was partially built by Spanish engineers. The hike to the very top of the fortification is well worth the effort for the beautiful views over the bay. As you continue your walk south of the harbor and along the row of cafes and bars to the other side of the town, you will come to the Franciscan monastery and the exquisite Church of Gospa od Milosti (Our Lady of Charity).
This afternoon your driver will meet you so you can explore more of the island as you make your way across the island to Stari Grad.
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Your first stop will be the small coastal town of Jelsa and a visit to the family winery of Tomic – one of the most famous wine producers in all of Croatia. You will be invited to a private tasting of wine and locallyproduced olive oil
Later continue to the town of Stari Grad. Literally translated, Stari Grad means “Old Town” and the
name could not be more appropriate as this UNESCO protected settlement is believed to be the oldest in Croatia. Stari Grad charms the visitor with its authentic Venetian port town ambience as sailing and fishing boats dot the long sheltered bay which leads to the very center of the town and the main squaresurrounded on both sides by historic buildings.
Next, your guide will take you to the Tvrdalj Castle - the fortified residence of the famous Croatian
Renaissance poet and philanthropist, Petar Hektorovic, which has been preserved and now houses an
ethnographic museum. Your guide will also take you into the fort to admire the beauty of its Renaissance garden and seawater fishpond, built in the 16th Century. At the end of your day, board the ferry with your guide for the two hour journey back to Split. Stroll back to your hotel and the remainder of your evening is at leisure.
Note: You can make this day the ultimate luxury experience by chartering a private motorboat for the day. Please inquire for details.
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Hotel: Judita Palace