This morning your guide will meet you for the short stroll to the ferry port where you will meet your
driver for the journey to 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
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.
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.
After Hvar Town, continue to explore the rest of the island.
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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
locally produced 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.
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. Y