There are many reasons why visitors, especially sailors and yachtsmen, choose the Croatian coast to spend their summer vacation. Croatia boasts more than 1,200 islands, islets, rocks, and reefs. More than half of them are uninhabited, making them perfect for sailors to enjoy lovely beaches and untouched nature. Hvar island is firmly on Croatia’s tourist circuit as one of the most-visited of the many Adriatic islands dotting the Dalmatian coast. In our previous post, we covered anchorages around Hvar, so you know where to berth your yacht.
As soon as you approach the town of Hvar, you will be impressed by its unique architectural style. St. Stephen square with the Cathedral of St. Stephen from the 17th century, the impressive bells of the Franciscan Monastery, St. Mark’s church and the oldest Public European Theatre Arsenal. You can also go up the magnificent alleys which lead to the Fortica Spanjola (Spanish Fortress).
Food and wine
When you are done hicking ( oh yes the path to the fortress is quite steep ), you’ll definitely want something to eat. And this island can offer you some of the best dishes in Croatia. The island’s many traditional eateries are called “konoba”. It’s a restaurant with a taste of authentic local cuisine served in a rustic atmosphere. This is very much a slow food experience. Where local specialties are prepared home-style and seafood dishes like grilled fish, clams, octopus, and mussels dominate the menu. The island’s signature dish is “ gregada”, a stew made of fish, potatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, and olive oil.
Thanks to Hvar’s sunny climate, there are plenty of vineyards here producing some of Croatia’s best wines. In addition to “Plavac Mali”, a red that’s a fast favorite all along Croatia’s coast, the island also has its very own white varietals, like the dry “Bogdanusa” and the more fruity “Prč”. The main wine bar in Hvar Town, Tri Pršuta (‘Three Hams’) takes its name from the hocks that hang from the wooden-beam ceilings. Below, many, many labels are displayed and hidden away amid the antique furniture of this cozy getaway on otherwise busy Groda. It is not uncommon for perfect strangers to become friends and taste each other’s wines.