Cruise ships are not able to dock here, you will be tendered ashore, right into the center of town.
Rapidly becoming the island of choice for a swanky international crowd,
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When we think of Hvar - we think about the island of heather, sunshine and crickets, the island of lavender, sage and wine and the island of rosemary and secluded coves. Attractive in the summer just as in the winter, with pleasant Mediterranean climate, rich vegetation of palms, aloes, pine trees, laurel, rosemary and lavender and peaceful coves and islets filled with a multitude of pleasant scents.
Hvar Town: seven century-old walls, with fortifications towering above them, City Loggia, St. Stephen's Cathedral with a Renaissance bell tower situated on the Piazza considered to be the most beautiful of the kind in Dalmatia, Arsenal, Town's Theatre (1612), Franciscan Monastery Stari Grad: Tvrdalj, a fortified palace of the local aristocrat and writer Petar Hektorovic with a fishpond surrounded by a stone-vaulting, early Christian baptistry beside the medieval church of St. John ( 12th century); the remains of villa rustica on the site "Pod Dolom"; renaissance church of St. Rok from 1569 ; The Dominican monastery (founded in 1482) Vrboska: Renaissance and baroque buildings, charming small bridges, fortified Church of St. Mary
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Hvar is best discovered on foot, as most streets are pedestrian only.
A long seaside promenade, dotted with small rocky beaches, stretches from each end of the harbor. A few tasteful bars and cafés along the harbor are relaxing spots for people-watching.
For more activity,take a ferry to the Pakleni Islands, famous for nude sunbathing.
Well-known are Hvar cakes, especially the pepper cakes from Stari Grad. The poet Hektorović mentioned in his "Fishing" this traditional cake of Hvar. The essential component was saffron which was a very important product of the island in the 16th century, together with honey - and coriander, the component of numerous love potions. One should mention also "kroštule", "škanjate", and "fritule", and "cvit" (flower), a dry cake aromatised with anise.
1 Euro = 7.50 Kuna.
Bear in mind that the Croatian kuna is not exchangeable outside Croatia so you'll either have to change it back into your home currency in Croatia or do some last minute shopping.
If you come to Croatia equipped with euros you can pay for most accommodation (hotels or private accommodation), excursions and car rentals in euros without getting ripped off on an exchange rate as most of these items are priced in euros anyway.
Opening Hours and Holidays: banks and post offices are generally open from 7AM to 7PM without breaks, and public offices from Monday to Friday from 8AM to 4PM. During the tourist season, post offices are generally open until 9PM, including Saturdays. Shops and department stores are open from 8AM to 8PM without breaks.
Since 2009 shopping hours are not regulated anymore, therefore most stores in tourist destinations are open 7 days a week.
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