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Hvar Town

Hvar Town

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The island Hvar is famous for its pleasant Mediterranean climate. The island is characterized by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine (2,718 hours a year). Maximum temperatures are never too high to render agriculture impossible (the highest recorded temperature of 37°C was reached in 1935). An average air temperature in the winter months is 9.1°C (in January 8.4°C, in July 24.8°C). Snow occurs very rarely; in January there are three snowy days in ten years and in February only one.

Economy is based on tourism, fishing, farming, viticulture, olive growing and especially on cultivation of rosemary and lavender. The island of Hvar has three fish canneries: Sućuraj, Vrboska and Hvar. Major places on the island are connected by the regional road D-116 Hvar - Sućuraj. Ferry lines: Sućuraj – Drvenik, Stari Grad – Split, Stari Grad – Ancona (Italy). Boat lines: Hvar - Split and Jelsa – Bol (island Brac) - Split. More travel information you can find here.

The island of Hvar was populated already in the prehistoric times and later inhabited by the Illyrians, who came into conflict with the Greek colonizers in the 4th century BC. In Oglavak and Koščak (near Sućuraj on the east cape of island) was the position of the Illyrian queen Teuta place. Numerous tumuli on the island are of Illyrian origin. Hvar accepted the Greek settlers but was the only one that had an Ionic settlement (Pharos, today Stari Grad). Hvar played an important role in the Roman-Illyrian conflicts, when its rulers (Demetrije Hvaranin) tried to preserve its independence. In Roman times Hvar lost its earlier importance.

In the 7th century island Hvar came under the Principality of Croatia (Kingdom of Croatia since 925 till 1102). In the following centuries Hvar recognized the sovereignty of the Croatian-Hungarian ruler, the Bosnian King Tvrtko, the Split Duke Hrvoje, the Dubrovnik Republic, Venice, France, Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia and, finally, Republic of Croatia (since 1991).

In the 16th and the 17th centuries Hvar was a prominent centre of the Croatian literature (Petar Hektorović, Hanibal Lucić). The town of Hvar and other towns and villages on the island have numerous architectural and cultural monuments, which bear witness to outstanding artistic traditions of the island, the economic prosperity of its population and the relations Hvar used to maintain with cultural centres of the past centuries.

Friendly people, well-indented coast, numerous picturesque and intact beaches and bays, virgin nature, very rich historical and cultural inheritance, the scents of lavender, olive trees and wine are the reasons that island Hvar welcomes more and more tourists each year.

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Hvar Town is a rare place that actually has something for everyone. Weekend evenings are full of dancing in clubs and late-night drinks while during the week watersports and family activities take over. It sees a lot of tourists but manages to never feel overwhelming – it exudes a subtly charm that make it heartbreaking to leave the island.

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