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  • 1 St Stephen's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The campanile and the façade of this cathedral are typical of the Dalmatian Renaissance style. The interior however is resolutely Baroque. Admire the two 15C bas-reliefs on the lower left side and the succession of altars (the most interesting are th..

  • 2 Franciscan monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    This monastery occupies an idyllic site on a headland overlooking the sea. Built from 1465, only two monks still live here. Its museum boasts some fantastic works such as a fresco of the Last Supper (17C) and a rare Atlas by Ptolemy, printed in 1524...

  • 3 Island of Hvar Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The island of Hvar stretches out for 68km from east to west. Its thick gorse, highly indented coastline, good quality stone and rich soil (wine, honey and lavender) make it one of the most popular islands in Dalmatia, despite its lack of beaches. Mak..

  • 4 Dubovica beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A stony path leads down between the trees to this enchanting shingle beach. A tiny hamlet with a manor, chapel and a few fishermen's houses endow this site with a timeless atmosphere.

  • 5 Spanish fortress Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    This fort built in the 16C with the proceeds of the sale of salt and the help of Spanish engineers, replaced the former Illyrian fortifications which dated from the Greek occupation. During the great Turkish onslaught of 1571, the local inhabitants f..

  • 6 St Stephen's Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The main square, in front of the cathedral, also backs onto the port. Formerly a marshy bay, it was drained in antiquity. Its immense paving stones remind one of those of Split and Dubrovnik. In the centre, a well (1520) used to distribute water from..

  • 7 Hvar coastal path Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This coastal path runs alongside the wharfs to the west, past the hotels and rich villas, into pinewoods above the rocks. It is dotted with countless spots which are ideal for sun- and sea-bathing.

  • 8 Vineyards Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The southern coast of the island of Hvar produces the best red wines of Croatia. Its vineyards stretch out at the foot of the rocky ridge around the villages of Zavala (reputed for its white wines) and Ivan Dolac (almost inaccessible vineyards, built..

  • 9 Vrboska Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This small port on the island of Hvar is built around a narrow stretch of sea spanned by three bridges and is dominated by the unusual fortified St Mary's church (Sv Marija) (1575). Built immediately after the Turks ransacked the island in 1571, it i..

  • 10 Pakleni islands Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This little archipelago is made up of three islands to which boats from Hvar organise daytrips. The largest and most developed is St Clement and its hamlet of Palmižana, which is very popular because of its restaurants, marina, flat rocks and beach. ..

  • 11 Stari Grad Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stari Grad means "old town". Founded in 384 BC by the Greeks, nowadays it is a maze of flower-covered steps, carved balconies, vaulted passages and walled gardens (particularly the southern side). Make sure you visit Tvrdalj, the house of t..

  • 12 Hvar Theatre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This theatre, built in 1612 above the arsenal, was the first municipal theatre of Europe. It was built to celebrate the end of a century of fighting for equal rights between the population and the nobility which led to an agreement signed in 1610. Ho..

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