Hvar has been a melting pot of cultures and influences. Bursting with history, art and culture, it is also the home of Europe’s oldest municipal theater, which dates to the 17th century!
Start from Hvar’s main square right next to the harbor, dominated by the Renaissance St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sixteenth and seventeenth century buildings surround this part of town, and you may wish to visit the Benedictine Convent, where the nuns spend their lives praying and weaving elaborate lace from the fibers of the Agava plant. The convent’s museum shows some delicate and intricate lace patterns.
Explore Hvar’s towering fortress, which is known as Spanjola as it was partially built by Spanish engineers. Hike to the very top for beautiful views over the bay. Continue your walk south of the harbor and along the row of cafes and bars to the other side of the town, where you will come to the Franciscan monastery and the exquisite Church of Gospa od Milosti (Our Lady of Charity).
The still functioning monastery dates back to the medieval era when it started as a hospice for sailors. Its museum houses a collection of works by Venetian and Croatian artists, including a magnificent 17th-century painting of the Last Supper by an unknown artist.
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This afternoon, drive across the island to 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 enjoy a private tasting of wine and locally- produced olive oil.
Exeter Services: Half-Day Vehicle & Driver; Full-Day Guide