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Cultural Tour of Hvar Island

Explore the secrets of magical Hvar Island!

Famed for its sunshine, lavender and nightlife, visitors to the island of Hvar are often surprised at the depth of culture and heritage on offer on the exclusive island. Join us on the Secret Dalmatia Cultural Tour of Hvar Island to get the very best of the island's culture in this fascinating day trip, which starts either from Hvar or Split (with additional transfer cost).
Start the day in the historic town of Hvar, home to the birth of organized tourism in Europe in 1868, the largest square in all of Dalmatia at 4.700m2, and the oldest public theatre in Europe, built in 1612. Your guided walking tour will include these and several other treasures in the town, including the 550 year-old Franciscan Monastery and the Benedictine Convent, where the nuns make fine lace from agave, which is one of four UNESCO heritages on Hvar.
The UNESCO theme continues as we travel east to the Stari Grad Plain (also known as Ager or Hora), an 80-hectare agricultural colony founded by the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC. In addition to being the largest cultivated field on the Mediterranean islands, agricultural life has continued uninterrupted since before the birth of Christ - a fascinating example of living heritage.
Close to the Ager is the town of Stari Grad. Originally called Faros, it was once the capital of Hvar and is the oldest town in Croatia. Walk through the ancient pedestrian town, with a postcard scene around every corner, and head to the town's premier cultural attraction, the impressive Tvrdalj fortress, home of the legendary poet Petar Hektorovic, complete with fishpond and stone inscriptions in Croatian and Latin.

Continuing east to the island's third town of Jelsa, which is set around a pretty harbor, our destination is the Dubokovic wine cellar, home to Ivo Dubokovic, Croatia's leading boutique winemaker, and an excellent chance to taste the quality wines and olive oils of the island.
Heading back towards Hvar Town, a traditional lunch to remember in the abandoned village of Malo Grablje, one of the most atmospheric settings and authentic gastronomic experiences in Croatia. Legend has it that the village was founded by an illegitimate child of Henry VIII, who was shipwrecked off the southern coast of Hvar.

The tour concludes with a return to Hvar Town, but not before a visit to the imposing Spanish Fortress. Take in the view from the top for a splendid panorama both of the town and the sparkling Pakleni Islands in front of the harbor. A perfect way to end a very fulfilling cultural tour!


 

Inclusions

Collection from your hotel, villa or private apartment by our English speaking professional guide/driver. Mercedes van or luxury SUV for transfers. Wine tasting in one wine cellar, olive oil tasting with lunch, entrance tickets, traditional lunch with wine

Quick facts

Available year round (half day tour)
9:30 departure from your hotel or other meeting place (can be adjusted).  Suggestion: 5 PM departure during the summer ending with dinner. Bring camera, sports shoes, sun screen for summer days...

Cost

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Stari Grad Plain

One of most unique legacies of Greek inhabitants of Hvar is 2,234 year-old Stari Grad Plain, an agricultural landscape first created by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. It has been continuously used to grow grapes and olives to the present day. In 2008, in recognition of this, its virtually intact organization system based on geometrical parcels with dry stone wall boundaries (chora) and the very first by a rainwater recovery system involving the use of tanks and gutters, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site..

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