History of Hvar

The famous Forbes magazine rated Hvar neck to neck with the Carribean, the Maldives, Hawaii and the Bahamas in one of its issues. This island was, more than once, put on lists of the most beautiful islands of the world by the world media. It is famous for its coastline, clean beaches, untouched nature, plenty of sunshine, smell of lavender, olives and wine. The island of Hvar has the most hours of sunshine in Europe. The longest Adriatic island of Hvar has plenty of beaches, so every guest can find a beach suited to their needs.

The Greek colonization chose this island as an important strategic and nautical centre. Its name comes from the Greek: Pharos – lighthouse. Romans turned it later into Pharia, the Dalmatian Romans changed it to Fara and in the early Middle Ages the Croatian immigrants re-named it to Hvar.The earliest signs of civilisation on Hvar date back to Neolitic times based on artifacts and painted pottery in the caves Grapceva and Markova Spilija, both can be visited today. Examples are displayed in the Heritage Museum of Hvar.

Hvar was colonised by the Greeks, defeating the native Illyrian and Delmati peoples. Then Romans took control of Hvar and island went to decline. Over the next centuries Hvar came under assorted rule of Ostrogoths, Neretvans, Byzantines. In 1420 Venice took proper control of the island and the town became the richest area in Dalmatia. In 1571 the Turks stormed Hvar and razed it to the ground. In 1797 the island fell under Austriand rule. Hvar was also briefly held by France (1806-1812) before returning to Austrian control continued until 1918. Four yeas of Italian rule followed before becoming part of Yugoslavia in 1922. Finally Hvar declared its independence in 1991. – if you are looking for Italian cuisine, Marko’s Pizzeria & Spaghetteria is the right place for you. You can choose from a rich selection of homemade pizzas, pasta and salads, but you can also order various fish specialties as well as seafood.


The Benedictine Monastery in Hvar is famous for its nuns because they are the last continuing to make lace with the threads obtained from the centres of fresh aloe leaves. The lace has been present in Hvar since the mid-19th century and it is protected by inclusion on UNESCO’s list of Intangible World Heritage.
Another intangible cultural property is the procession Za križen, this ritual involves six towns on the island: Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj, and Vrboska. During the night between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the cross bearer is accompanied by pilgrims, believers and makes the eight-hour journey of over 25 kilometres with a cross weighing 18 kilograms.

Since 2008, the World Heritage List accepted the inclusion of the Stari Grad Plain based on several criteria, among them as being an example of a very old traditional landscape and as an agricultural region that has continued cultivating the same crops for thousands of years. You can taste the local fruits such as lavender-flavoured desserts and highly-esteemed wines.– right on the square you will find a pizzeria in Neapolitan style, sought after by both tourists and locals. For this reason, it is one of the few restaurants that is open also off-season. In addition to excellent pizzas that are served here, there is a large selection of pasta. You can also enjoy risotto or steak with a variety of sauces.(d) via e-mail using the e-mail address published on our website.



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