Our 7-night Croatia cruise packages include the most exciting cruise destinations on Adriatic coast. However, no island hopping in Croatia is complete without visiting Hvar. And there are many reasons why that is so, actually 300 of them! Hvar has as much as 300 sunny days per year, which makes it the sunniest island in Europe. Here are a definite “5 things to do in Hvar“ list for all those who want to get the most out of this historic city and favorite Croatian cruise destination.
Take advantage of our included guided tour and learn all about Hvar. Hvar got its names from ancient Greeks who called it Pharos which means, curiously enough, lighthouse. Hvar has seen some turbulent and exciting times – as witnessed by old fortresses, churches, and villas. Learning the story of Hvar as you walk through its absolutely charming white stone streets means to time travel. From the times of Greeks and Romans, through the tales of Venetians and Turkish invasion, all the way to the mighty Austrian-Hungarian empire and more, Hvar will keep you enchanted. Climb the historic Spanish fortress, walk under the 700 years old city walls, explore the riches of The Cathedral of St Stephen and adjacent Bishop’s Treasury, visit the remains of one of the first communal theaters in Europe and learn why Hvar was and remained a lighthouse. A cruise destination that deservedly became a brand on its own.
People of Hvar seem to be even more laid back than the usual island folk. Social and friendly, they extend hospitality to all the visitors. Not surprising, when you learn that Hvar is home to one of the earliest tourist offices, founded back in 1869! This small island has given birth to a number of famous historic individuals. Hvar has its fair share of poets, rebels, pretenders, and lawmakers. One of those famous individuals is Ivan Vučetić, who invented a first method for recording the fig reprints of individuals on file. So, when you think of 5 things to do in Hvar, mingling with locals is definitely high on the list.
FOOD AND THEN SOME MORE
Sure, everyone has to eat, but there are food and food. And Hvar is rather famous for its food. Its restaurants and family-run taverns keep coming up with the new versions of traditional Croatian and Mediterranean recipes. Fresh fish and seafood certainly rank high on this island. If you wanted to try some of the Croatian specialties, like peka, Hvar is the place to do so. Even if you’re vegetarian or vegan, Hvar has something for you. Food is a definite ace of this sunniest Croatian cruise destination.
INDULGE IN LAVENDER SCENT
300 sunny days per year make Hvar a perfect home to for lavender. During the early 20th century Hvar’s lavender fields used to be among the biggest in Europe. In case you wonder – lavender is still there. Its amazing scent mixes with that of pines and perfumes the island air throughout the warm season. Hvar has plenty of souvenir shops where you can buy lavender and locally made lavender products such as soaps, scented oils and lavender pouches. Those who feel adventurous might want to try cakes and ice creams with lavender.
TASTE THE BEST CROATIAN WINES
Hvar produces 50.000 hectoliters of wine annually. So, even if you’re a beer or champagne fan, this might be a great time to taste some of the famous and worldwide known Croatian wines. Get familiar with the names and aroma of celebrated autochthons sorts of grapes like bogdanuša, plavac and others that were grown for millennia on the sunny stone slopes of this beautiful island.
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