Hvar, Croatia – island of sun and lavender

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I have already planned my whole vacation program in Croatia (in June) and suddenly decided that I really need to see the lavender fields of Hvar, there is also a lavender festival at the end of June http://www.pjover.com/grobajske-institu . Although without the festival, I’ll survive, I read the reviews – not particularly impressed people, a fair and a fair, but without the fields – there is more difficult (if they are really as beautiful as the photos on the Internet)

1) Just in case – on June 25/26 for sure you can catch the blooming fields?

2) Are there any day trips from Brac to Hvar? (from Bol or somewhere else?) Prices for private boat transfer on the Internet somehow do not please (300 USD per hour). Maybe there are group excursions?

2) How to get directly to the lavender fields? (I read “between Hvar and Stary Grad, in Brusje – the best lavender fields”, that’s where I need).

3) And yet, I can’t find info anywhere about when there will be a lavender festival on Hvar in 2017. Who knows?

I also read that there is such a bus Hvar Open Tour – travels all over the island, you can get off, then get back on and then drive on with the same ticket. But according to the reviews of those who rode it – they did not see the lavender fields on it.

There is also a transportation company Cazmatrans, and from the topic Transport on Hvar the bus Stari Grad – Hvar just goes through Brusje. Is it so?

The plan I have so far is approximately this:

– Postira bus (neighboring island of Hvar / we will live there) – Bol (from there starts the ferry to Hvar, in Jelsa). – Walk in Bol (but where the suitcase there. At the station or in the port there are storage?) – 17.50 – sail to Jelsa on the ferry Jadrolinia. – On Hvar we go to Stari Grad. But the schedule of Cazmatrans (Jelsa – Stari Grad) I find only the old one, until October 2016. On it allegedly there is a bus at 18.40. There we are based and the next day by cab (or still a bus, passing, like, through Brusje) to the lavender fields. – Overnight in Stari Grad – in the morning by ferry (the port is 5 km from the city, can only be reached by cab? Buses don’t go from town to port?) sail to Split

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Re: lavender fields on the island of Hvar

Arizon@ ” 22 Mar 2017, 22:46

Hooray, found organized “lavender” tours

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Re: lavender fields on the island of Hvar

Arizon@ ” 24 Mar 2017, 10:27 am.

For those interested, like me, in lavender on Hvar:

“June is the month when purple covers the slopes of the island of Hvar. On the road from Stari Grad, through Selka, Velo Grablje, Brusje to Hvar, some familiar smell and the most beautiful purple color field will surely leave your breathless. Since the island of Hvar is known as one of the sunniest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, and the strong sun is exactly what the lavender needs, it is no wonder that the island is also known as Lavender Island. Lavender is so important to the islanders that Velo Grablje farmers, the most famous lavender growers, have dedicated an entire Festival to this little purple bush. The Lavender Festival takes place at the end of June, just a few days before the harvest. The festival, of course, is all about lavender: lavender marmalade, lavender soccer club, lavender cream, lavender candles, lavender ice cream, sweet lavender, honey lavender, lavender-themed artwork, “lavender man” (comic book hero) And so on . In fact, everything you can imagine made from lavender you will find in one place, at Velo Grablje. When the Lavender Festival begins, the harvest begins, usually on the first day of July. After the harvest, which lasts 10 days, the lavender flowers are distilled to make oil. During the distillation, the smell of lavender spreads hundreds of meters around, and something special happens will certainly be noticed by all who pass through the villages – a truly unique experience! The tradition of growing lavender is an important part of islanders’ lives and a major source of income. This sweet, fragrant purple flower must have nurtured many islanders and raised many professors, lawyers, doctors . in the past. But these days, something has changed. Though no longer in the quantities produced before, it is still an important part of the island’s agricultural production. What has changed over the decades are the types of lavender products. Lavender producers used to produce only oil and exported it to the mainland or overseas as a base for making cosmetics. Nowadays, they are producing more and more lavender souvenirs next to the oil, which you can find in every gift store on the island of Hvar or in the open market. So when you are on the island of Hvar, take some of the lavender products home with you or just try a lavender sweet, it will irresistibly remind you of one of the most beautiful islands in the world until you come again!” Original text in English http://www.stari-grad-faros.hr/en/june- . month.aspx

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Hvar: a guide to the sunny island of Croatia

The island of Hvar is the longest and sunniest on the Adriatic. You can enjoy 2720 hours or 350 days of sunshine here, and the pleasant scent of lavender and quaint forms of medieval architecture complements the colorful vacation. Tourists are lured by the island’s mild climate and beautiful subtropical nature. The capital life of the island in the city of the same name never slows down. The best time to travel is the first half of June. At this time the fields of lavender bloom, pink oleander blooms, the weather disposes to a comfortable stay and prices are not yet as high as in tourist season.

Island Hvar

Photo: Hvar, Croatia. Today Hvar in Croatia is on the list of the best places for holidays on the Adriatic coast.

General information

Hvar is an island in the Adriatic Sea and in the southern part of Croatia. Its area is 300 km², its length is 68 m and the coastline is more than 250 km long. The name of the island means “lighthouse” and comes from the Greek word “pharos”.

Map of the island of Hvar

Useful to know! The nearest airport to Hvar is located 60 km away in Split. You can get to the resort by water cab or by catamaran.

The largest settlements:

  • Hvar – the capital, located on the south-west of the island, the population is a little more than 4 thousand people;
  • Stari Grad, population about 3 thousand people;
  • Jelsa, a population of about 3.7 thousand people.

The island is connected to neighboring islands and towns on the mainland by sea channels.

The main source of income of the local population – tourism, as well as on the island of many fishermen, a lot of vineyards and growing lavender.

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City Stari Grad

Stari Grad

The island of Hvar in Croatia has been inhabited by people since the 3rd and 4th millennium BC. During the excavations there were found pottery with elements of painting, historians call this period the “Hvar culture.

In 385 BC the Greeks settled on the island and founded the town of Faros on the territory of modern Stari Grad. Then the island came under Roman rule, at which time cities were founded and the population multiplied.

Slavic tribes appeared on the island of Hvar in the 8th century, many tribes fought for the right to rule this part of Croatia, as a result the Venetians, the Hungarian state and the Republic of Dubrovnik. Also, the island wanted to take over the Turks, during the war, many settlements were practically razed to the ground, but they quickly rebuilt. The Venetians were replaced by the Austrians on the island, who were replaced by Napoleon’s troops. In the early 19th century, the island was attacked by the ships of the Ushakov fleet, but it soon withdrew to Austria. At the end of the First World War Hvar became part of Yugoslavia and gained independence in 1990.


Houses of the island of Hvar

Hvar Island in the Adriatic Sea is one of the most visited resorts in Croatia. And no wonder, because on the small territory you will find everything you need for relaxation – the historical sites, comfortable beaches and wonderful nature.

The first settlements in this part of Croatia appeared 4 thousand years ago. The island has managed to preserve the unique monuments of architecture, which were built in different eras. Here is the largest theater in Europe, built in the first half of the 17th century. There are still held theatrical performances and national, cultural events.

The Cathedral of St. Stephen in Hvar

Be sure to visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, it is located in the central part of the capital and is the most spectacular building of the Renaissance period.

Walking around the central square, pay attention to the ancient well – on the Croatian island there has always been a shortage of drinking water, so the attitude of the inhabitants to the wells is special – respectful.

On the top of the hill there is an important historical site – the old fortress, defending the island in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, visitors to the island necessarily climb the hill to admire the wonderful island in Croatia from the fortress walls. There is the best viewing platform on Hvar.

Franciscan monastery in the Bay of Kriz

Franciscan monastery

The excursion to the Franciscan monastery, located in Kriz Bay, is sure to be fascinating and informative. The building is characterized by spectacular architecture, and inside there is a museum with an interesting display of ancient books, paintings and coins created by local craftsmen.

On a side note! The nature and architecture of the island dispose to long, unhurried walks. Here you can spend hours enjoying the beauty of the island and touch the grandeur of antiquity.

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Be sure to visit one of the oldest towns in Europe, Stari Grad, as well as the colorful fishing town of Sucurai.

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The majority of beaches on the island of Hvar in Croatia are pebbly, so, barefoot walking on the shore is not too pleasant, you must buy rubberized shoes. You can buy them at any beach on the island. Going into the water barefoot is also not recommended – at the bottom there are a lot of sea urchins and stones.

One of the most beautiful places on the island of Hvar in Croatia, is shaped like a lagoon. Located 5-7 minutes drive from Milna, in the southern part of the resort. Campers leave their transport by the curb, but there is also parking. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the beach, you have to go down the mountain.

Dubrovica Beach

  • The clearest water of azure color;
  • On the shore there is a restaurant that serves delicious fish dishes;
  • Nearby is the town of Stari Grad.

There is everything you need for a comfortable holiday – sun loungers, umbrellas, booths.

Useful things to know! The way from the port of Hvar takes about 25 minutes. You can get there by water cab or by catamaran.

Milna Beach

It is the main beach of the island, which is located in the village of the same name, and consists of four lagoons, surrounded by pine trees, grapes and orchards. Hvar town is 4 km away. On the coast there is everything you need for recreation, families with children come here.

  • The water is warm and clean;
  • There are restaurants (it is better to book a table in advance);
  • it is possible to have a rest not only at coast, but far away – in a silent place, on stones;
  • On the shore you can rent a boat.

Plaža Sveta Nedjelja

The beach is located in the south of the island, 7 km from Dubovitsa. The Sveta Nedeli beach is located in a secluded place surrounded by rocks reaching up to 100 meters high. You can reach it by footpath through the forest or by boat on the sea. There are no hotels on the beach, and you have to bring your own logs and umbrellas.

This beach on the island of Hvar is suitable for swimming, as well as snorkeling. The surface of Sveta Nedjelja is pebbly, the entry into the water is sharp and the depth starts literally 2-3 meters from the shore. After walking along the shoreline you can find a few more tiny coves where you can swim alone. This beach is visited primarily for the beautiful scenery, sunsets and privacy.

The landmark of the island is located in the northern part of the capital city of Hvar. The fortress was built in the 16th century and offers a wonderful view of the Paklenes Islands. The locals call the structure – fortezza – fort.

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View from the fortress of Hvar

In the past the fortress was considered to be the main defensive structure of the island of Hvar, it shows the coats of arms – the Venetian, as well as the sea captains of Hvar.

Please note! The fortress is an ancient cultural and historical monument. This is one of the most picturesque buildings on the Croatian coast.

Hvar Fortress

The decision to build was made in the 13th century by the Venetian government. The construction work progressed slowly, the bulk of the work was completed in the mid-16th century. The defensive complex consisted of four towers and numerous additions. The fortress perfectly coped with its task when the island was attacked by the Turks.

At the end of the 16th century the fortress was destroyed by a strong lightning strike. Restoration works were carried out for a century.

In the second half of the last century the fortress was restored and opened to tourists. Today there is a museum in the fortress, which presents an exhibition of ancient artifacts.

  • Address: Spanjola, Ul. Biskupa Jurja Dubokovica 80, 21450, Hvar, Croatia.
  • Opening hours: 9:00-21:00.
  • Entrance to the tower is 50 kuna.

St. Stefan's Cathedral

The landmark is located on the central square in Hvar. The temple is made in Dalmatian Renaissance style and is consecrated in honor of St. Stephen. The religious landmark is built on the site of an ancient Christian church. The cathedral acquired its modern appearance in the 16th-17th centuries. The bell tower was built in the early 16th century and took about 50 years to decorate. The interior is decorated in the Baroque style.

This is important! There is a museum on the territory of the temple, where a collection of church utensils, jewelry, ancient books, and archival documents is presented.

The cathedral is active and on holidays and weekends there is an organ and services are held. You can go up the stairs to the ancient theater and visit the observation deck. The main decoration of the temple is a bell tower, decorated with paintings.

Paklinski Islands

This attraction is considered to be a calling card of the island of Hvar in Croatia. You can get here from anywhere on the island. On a trip is better to allocate a whole day to swim and sunbathe, and see a lot of interesting things.

A group of Paklin islands are located along the coast of Dalmatia. The name translates as “Hell Islands”. In the old days, resin for ships was brewed here, so the island was always shrouded in thick, black smoke. There is also a version that the name of the islands means – pine tar.

The largest island of the archipelago is St. Clement. Here is a beautiful sandy beach, sheltered by a pine forest and surrounded by a field of heather.

Fans of diving, snorkeling and water sports come here. You can travel between the islands of the archipelago by water-taxi.

Accommodation on the Island of Hvar in Croatia

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Hotel Croatia

Tourists offers a huge selection of hotels, inns and apartments in various price categories. Hotel accommodation in the three-star category in the summer season starts at 55 euros per night. We are talking about double room.

You can also rent a comfortable cottage or a cozy apartment – it all depends on the number of tourists and your personal preferences. The cost of housing depends on the location and the availability of additional services.

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Camping Vira

Camping Vira Hvar

Campsites are very popular among tourists. The cost of living depends on the season. The most popular camping on the island of Hvar in Croatia is Vira Hvar. It is located in a quiet bay, 4 km from the capital. There are all conditions for a comfortable stay. The campsite can accommodate 650 guests. On its territory there are accommodations with electricity and water, market, restaurant, playground, Wi-Fi zone and private beach. Rates for accommodation (in euros):

  • mid-July to mid-August – 8.1 for adults, 4.5 for children over 3 years old;
  • June and the second half of August – 7.1 for adults, 4.1 for children over 3 years;
  • June – 6.1 for adults, 2.5 for children over three years old;
  • September – 5.1 for adults, 2 for children over three years old.

Children under three years stay free of charge. All accommodation conditions and prices can be found on the official camping site www.campingcroatiahvar.com.

How to get to the island of Hvar

Ferry to Hvar

You can reach the island of Hvar by water – by catamaran or ferry. There are daily flights from all port cities in Croatia. You can also take a water cab or make a trip on a comfortable boat.

It is important! Ferry schedule depends on time of year and day of week. Passenger ferries arrive in the capital city of Hvar, and cargo ferries in Stari Grad.

The trip from Split takes about an hour. One-way tickets cost about 100 kuna for adults and 50 kuna for children. The exact schedule can be found on the websites of carriers:

Many people are interested in the question – how to get by car to the island of Hvar in Croatia, because it is most convenient to travel by private transport. Transport can be rented directly on Hvar. If you travel by car, you should arrive at the ferry landing 1.5 hours in advance. Water transport departs from Split, the port is located in the center of the city.

You have to pay 350 kuna for the car. You can view ferry schedules and purchase tickets on the previously mentioned websites or directly at the port of the large resort city of Split.

To move around the city you can rent a car, the rent price per day from 350 kuna. Travelers can also rent mopeds or scooters.

There are three gas stations on the island, one in the capital and two in Jelsi.

Prices on the page are for November 2021.

To summarize.

The island of Hvar is a corner of rich historical heritage, amazing nature and mild climate. Be sure to try the local wine, which in combination with the aroma of lavender is intoxicating and seems incredibly delicious. A trip to the island will be an unforgettable adventure and you will definitely want to come back here.

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