This morning you will meet your local guide at the lobby for a full day jeep safari of Hvar Island. Unique fusion of lush Mediterranean nature and rich heritage make it an undeniable gem of Adriatic.
You will start your day with a visit 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.
You will ride through the beautiful landscape of vineyards, olive-groves and lavender fields 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.
Then you will discover a quirky forgotten village of Malo Grablje. Small village was deserted back in the 1960s and today is a wonderful open-air museum of a world gone by… However, you will not be totally alone! Your host Berti is a local that owns a small stone-built house in the abandoned village. Here he will make a traditional, tavern-style lunch for you. Enjoy local cuisine, touch of history and magnificent views before heading back to Hvar town.
Once in the town, you guide will take you for a walking tour of this historic town. 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 the tour of the town, we suggest you to visit the Hvar Fortress for breathtaking views. A 16th century citadel, built in the time of the Venetian rule, is perched on a hill above the ramparts and it dominates the town.