The Heart of Hvar Cultural Tour

Explore the people and secrets of the island!

Beyond the sun, sea and famous nightlife, Hvar holds a history of 2400 years and more UNESCO treasures than any other island in the world! From the palatial home of the island's true Renaissance man, poet Petar Hektorović, to the candle-lit 'garage wine tasting' with Croatia's most famous boutique vintner, stroll down the memory lane of this beautiful island and peek into its precious interiors, discovering along the way the Greek forethought, Slavic feistiness, Venetian sense of style and nature’s beauty enveloping it all. The story of Hvar is the one of traditions persisting in the face of globalization, and sometimes, hand in hand with it.

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Duration:   half day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Hvar island

Available May to October

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The center of Hvar town with loggia
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Hektorovic tvrdalj in Stari Grad
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Fleet of motor sailers in Hvar
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In the back alleys of Stari Grad
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Hektorovic tvrdalj fortress in Stari Grad
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Loggia in the heart of Hvar town
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Symbol of Venice in Hvar town

Tour description


Between the island’s oldest settlement of Stari Grad and its present-day hotspot, the town of Hvar, a road swirls along 2 millennia of history, vividly embodied in each of the stops you will make. In the company of your private chauffeur and local guide, explore the island’s rich historical and modern philosophies, cultures and flavors.

The day begins in Hvar, today raved about for the European and international jet-set who flock to dance the hot summer nights away. Despite, Hvar’s historical background is hard to overlook. The birthplace of organized tourism in Croatia and the home to the oldest public theater in Europe splashes glimpses of its history at the corner of each palace, open-air piazza and narrow stone alley. Start with a view from above at the Spanish fortress or Fortica, and then wander until you find the quietest place around, the tranquil Benedictine monastery, where nuns have been making lace from agave leaves the same way over 400 years now.

Drive down on an old lavender road to Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia. The beautifully preserved centerpiece of Stari Grad is Tvrdalj, fortress built over a lifetime by the famous Renaissance poet, Petar Hektorović. Nearby, the Stari Grad Plain is the cradle of life on Hvar, an 80-hectare agricultural colony founded by the ancient Greeks and recognized by UNESCO for still remaining in much of the same shape 2000 years later.

The pretty harbor town of Jelsa comes next, together with its charismatic Ivo Duboković, Croatia's leading boutique winemaker. A wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the superior wines and olive oils of the island in his delightfully rustic and intimate cellars.

The ideal way to recall your lovely day is over a delicious lunch served in a local tavern.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Stari Grad or Hvar town by our professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, local guide, entrance tickets, wine tasting and lunch served in a local tavern.
  • Tour can be organized from Split, with either Stari Grad port or Hvar port as starting points.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • Please advise if you have any mobility issues so the tour can be adjusted accordingly.

The Spanish fortress

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The site upon which sits the medieval castle looming above Hvar town has seen a succession of inhabitants, designers and events. The Illyrian settlement put down the roots on the ridge before 500 BC, than the Byzantine citadel followed in the 6th century, while the Spanish engineers helped with the construction of the 14th century - hence the name. After 200 years on no interventions, the Venetians undertook a life-saving renovation, providing the citizens of Hvar with a place to hide from marauding Turks who invaded the town. Sadly, one lightning strike into the gunpowder stash and the fortress was back to ruins! The Austrians then took a turn at upgrading the fort, expanding and adding barracks.

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Hvar, Stari grad


66°F  /  19°C


3:20 PM


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The Heart of Hvar Cultural Tour

The Heart of Hvar Cultural Tour

Explore the people and secrets of the island!