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History, which has for cenuries been interwining in every aspect of the town life, will convince you upon your first encounter with this town that you have come to a place that is a living cultural monument. Regardless of where you come from, this town will delight you. Not only does Hvar`s history makes this town unique, but its present does as well, with the numerous lovely catering establishment, as well as as its nightlife. The island of Hvar is a symbol of a cherished traditional of organized tourism in private accomodation. Owing to its mild climate, it has warm winters and pleasant summers, Hvar is host to many guests drawn by the beauty of history in harmony with unspoiled nature and a contemporary tourist life. Crystal blue sea, marvellous bays and pebble beaches, mild climate, lush vegetation, vineyards, olive groves, endless fields of lavander, historical and cultural sights make the island of Hvar, undoubtedly, the most beautiful island... Due to its geographical position Hvar was a place at the important sea route since the ancient times, where different cultures interweaved and influenced each other, and finally left traces to the present day...

The access to Hvar implies the point from which we have reached it. From the sea, we get the sight of a waterfront promenade strip bordered with a row of palm trees and seven centuries old walls, overtopped by the fortresses protecting Hvar, extending downwards to the town and to the Venetian loggia. Coming from the central part of the island or using the road from the ferry harbour we arrive at the magnificent Piazza, a square generally considered the most beautiful of the kind in Dalmatia, dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral and bordered by the palaces of Groda and by the cascading stone-built houses of Burag. But, no matter from which point this town is approached, Hvar straightway presents itself as a monument. Centuries have ground its stone, epochs, above all renaissances, have shaped its appearance. Monuments within monuments, monuments on monuments. Hvar is a jewel hidden by the time.

Yet, the presentation of Hvar is not defined by itsmonuments only. It should include its harbourspreading towards the sea and the islands called Pakleni Otoci, its hotels, apartments, its unmatched climate having healing properties, its restaurants and cafes, all reflecting the glossy spirit of an exquisite resort area for almost a century and a half.
Hvar displays with pride the oldest municipal theatre in Europe. Hvar has been built through time by notable domestic and foreign architects. Hvar has been celebrated in verses. Hvar has been painted by the painters. But Hvar itself is the best narrator of its own story. It is enough to come and see for oneself. That way we shall touch a piece of the legend.

Its natural landscapes are probably the most magnificent and impressive image of Hvar. The mild Mediterranean Sun shining almost three thousand hours per year, the clear night skies with stars as on one's palm, the azure sea generously revealing the treasurers of the Neptune's underwater gardens, opiate fragrances of rosemary, heather and garden-sage or the song of cicadae at noon, these are the impressions that remain longest in our experience of Hvar.

And in such ambiance, as if painted after the mythic Arcadia, a group of islets off the town of Hvar - the Paklinski Otoci - make place of exceptional value for all those apt to feel and experience the primordial elements of the landscapes of Hvar. In the same way, the hidden bays of the northern and southern coast of the island (Milna, Dubovica, Pišcena, Vira, Pribinja and many more, inhabited and uninhabited) make the highlights of its genuine atmosphere and smells.

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