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Hvar Town

Hvar town, located approximately 15 km from Stari Grad on the western end of the island, is the largest and oldest settlement on the island.  Nestled in a cove protected by the Pakleni Islands, Hvar has a year round population of about 3600, but in summer is a tourist mecca.  A Roman settlement dates to the 3rd century BC.  In the 13th century a town citadel was constructed on top of the main hill overlooking the harbor.  Numerous other historic buildings were added over the centuries including a western town gate with a tower intiated by the writer Marin Gazarovac in 1625 and a Franciscan monastery in the 1800's, and a theatre house in 1612 which is noted as one of oldest in Europe.  Numerous recreational facilities are available in Hvar as well as excellent restaurants and frequent festivals, especially during the summer

St Stephen's cathedral, the bell tower and the Bishops gallery. First annual Hvat Wine Festival-September 2010-held in the Arsena by Hvar harbor, a magical setting! Hvar Harbor Hvar harbor from the Napoleonic fortress overlooking the quay. Shops and boutiques along the narrow streets. An ancient well! Franciscan Monastery Summer concerts

Ivan Dolac

A short 4 km from Sveta Nedjulja, the village of Ivan Dolac is also home to another of Hvar's premier winemakers.  Before the tunnel from Pitve was built the winemakers of Ivan Dolac lived primarily in the northern slope town of Svirće where the actual winery is still located.  However the Carić have a konoba (wine cellar-"a cool place to store and enjoy wine") worth visiting.  Vinko Carić and Josep Carić each have several rental units just south of the main road that runs through the village.  There is a beautiful pebble beach at the seaside and a small market along the road that goes down to the sea from the main road.

The hillside vineyards reach to the sky! Vinko Carić konoba inside - stop by for a wine tasting! By the sea! Carić konoba patio view Another angle on the sea Carić's Wine Press


The closest "large" town to Sveta Nedjelja, about 14 km uphill through the Pitve Tunnel and down the other side, Jelsa has a beautiful harbor on the north side of the island.  There are several wonderful restaurants, many shops and vendors and often evening entertainment on the harborside square. There is a dive center and both bike and boat rentals available along the waterfront. Also, a daily ferry and several boat excursions leave from the Jelsa Harbor to the nearby island of Brac.

Pitve Tunnel--one way, traffic signal controlled high season, 1.4 km. St. Fabian's Looking over Jelsa Harbor Jelsa rent-a-boat Beautiful garden restaurant - Great food, too! One of the many local wine shops along the marina - homemade snappes and olive oil, too!

Stari Grad a lovely harbor on the north side of Hvar island, where the car ferry from Split docks. A shopping center across from the ferry dock has a large grocery store and a Euro-style department store to purchase household supplies, decorative items and some clothing items and miscellaneous supplies and there is a cafe for beverages and snacks. Stari Grad plain was designated a UNESCO world Heritage site and was originally settled by the Greeks in 375 BC as the town of Faros. Architecture of the the town reflects the history. A must-see landmark is Tvrdjalj, the home of reknowned Hvar poet and aristocratic landowner, Peter Hektorovic. The site is located on the south side of the bay, in the old section of town. Stari Grad Plain, island of Hvar," is a cultural landscape that has remained practiclly intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly centering on grapes and olives, has been maintained since Greek times to the present. The site is also a natural reserve. The landscape features ancient stone walls and trims, or small stone shelters, and bears testimony to the ancient geometrical system of land division used by the ancient Greeks, the chora which has remained virtually intact over 24 centuries." (from UNESCO World Heritage site, official designation dated July 8, 2008). Be sure to visit Antika’s Restaurant for one of best meals in the town and to have your photo taken under the sign featured in March, 2009 Conde Nast magazine full page photo!

Ferry from Split Kerum market The deep Stari Grad harbor is the location of the annual Faros Open Water Swim marathon each August with competitors from around the world. UNESCO World Heritage marker in the harborside park outlines map of the 'Stari Grad plain' and explains its historical significance. Enjoy a snack or a seafood meal at one of the extraordinary Stari Grad restaurants! Explore the scenic harbor and the quaint shops.Antika’s Restaurant featured in March, 2009 Conde Nast article on “New Eastern European Riviera”

Sveta Nedjelja

Explore the quaint village of Sveta Nedjelja, population 143, the Zlatlan Otok prize winning winery, the parish church of St Spyridon built in the late 1700's and see the altarpiece featuring St Jerome in the Desert by the famed artist Baldassaro d'Anna. Eat at the Bila Idro marina restaurant/grill or at the seaside Tamaris Restaurant while watching the locals play bocce ball right in front! Hike up to the cave through the steep vineyards to the site where the Augustinian monks built a small church and monastery in the 15th century and where the villagers worshiped until 1787!

Zlatlan Otok Winery Bottles awaiting the fruit of the vineyards! St Spyridon's The local market and post office combo--fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, meats and cheeses! St Mary chapel within the St Domenica cave monastery, built by the Augustinian friars in the 1500's.  You have to visit this ancient santuary that archeological explorings indicate inhabitation in the Stone Age! Secluded pebble beaches and pristine water!