This morning you will meet your local guide at the lobby for a full day exploration of Hvar Island. Unique fusion of lush Mediterranean nature and rich heritage make it an undeniable gem of Adriatic.
You will start your tour with Old Town of Hvar – a perfect harmony of the New and Old. At the largest square in Dalmatia, admire Hvar’s grand palaces and beautiful historic edifices. The most impressive is the Cathedral of St. Stephen, a harmonious synthesis of the Renaissance and early Baroque elements. Its graceful 17th century bell tower is the most beautiful element in the skyline of the town. A stroll through narrow streets of the town will reveal numerous other monuments, such as the Franciscan and Benedictine Monastery and the mighty Arsenal, a 13th century warehouse for the communal war galley that used to house Hvar theatre – the oldest theatre in Europe dating from 1612.
After you meet your driver you will continue to Stari Grad (Old Town), the former Greek colony of PHAROS and the first settlement of the island. A thousand years of history have left many traces in the urban structure of the Town. The Town Walls of Pharos, built by the Greeks the 4th century BC, the Roman mosaics, the mediaeval streets and above all Tvrdalj – the Renaissance fortified castle – are all the signposts through a millennium long life of the town.
Then, through the beautiful landscape of vineyards, olive-groves and lavender fields you will come to Jelsa, a small town with a long winemaking tradition. For as early as the 4th century BC, the Ancient Greeks brought the grape vine to this sunny island and planted it in the fertile plain of Pharos. Throughout the centuries of rich and turbulent history, people on Hvar cultivated their vineyards with great skill and care, blessed with the lushness of Mediterranean. Today you will enjoy a private wine tasting at the Tomić family winery in Jelsa. Following the tradition of their ancestors, Tomić family has dedicated their life to producing high quality wines and promoting wine culture.
On your way back to Hvar you’ll stop to visit Hvar Fortress, a 16th century citadel built in the time of the Venetian rule. Perched on a hill above the ramparts, it dominates the town and offers spectacular views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy Hvar.