The house overlooks the harbour in the lovely, vibrant and historic town of StariGrad, on Hvar Island, Dalmatia, Croatia, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is a few minutes’ stroll to bars, restaurants, and beaches.
The beaches are safe and clean, with choices in StariGrad on both sides of the harbour. You can also cycle or drive to the many other beaches nearby and tucked away all over the Island.
There are two small pebble beaches in Stari Grad, on either side of the inlet. The nearest to the Villa is a short walk away along the quayside, very safe for kids.
There is information at the villa and leaflets available at the Tourism Information Office. They show where you can find the best beaches on the island. You may want to buy some protective beach sandals (but there are plenty for sale for Kuna 50) for some of the more rocky beaches.
Even if you have not cycled for many years, you might consider it at Stari Grad. The traffic-free quayside that extends right around the inlet makes it easy. If you want to be more energetic, Hvar is well known for its cycling with many marked cycle routes. There is a leaflet available from the Tourist Information Office.
Routes range from the mainly flat and traffic-free rides to the beautiful village of Vrboska over the historic Stari Grad plain to secluded beaches, and for the most adventurous to the different villages nearby, and over the highly scenic old road to Hvar Town.
You can simply stroll around the town, climb up to a shrine on the top of the hill behind the Villa, walk to the very old village of Rudine up the hill behind Stari Grad, or to the small villages nearby. There are roads but many off-the-beaten-track paths.
You can hire a boat to explore the coastline, a smaller dinghy for putting around, or if you have your skipper’s papers, a larger speedboat or even a yacht. You can also hire a skipper to take you out in the Bay or you can also hire a yacht for day trips to nearby Islands. Please e-mail ahead of time Sanja at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are various water sports you can enjoy near to the village. You can hire windsurfers near Vrboska and the afternoon Maestral breeze in the summer provides good windsurfing conditions.
You can hire kayaks in each of the different villages. Typically the tours take paddlers to the many secluded bays and beaches around the coast, with the crystal blue waters and unspoiled scenery making this a unique way to explore the Island.
Several years ago the Spirit and Adventure Dalmatia travel agency, created 70 bolted routes all over the island. YOU can book a short course at the school of rock climbing (few days) to learn how to safely and skilfully climb the cliffs of Hvar. See http://adventuredalmatia.com/
StariGrad was founded by the ancient Greeks in 384BC and they called it Pharos. After two Illyiric wars and the defeat of Demetrius of Faros by the Roman army, the Greek Faros becomes the Roman Faria.
Stari Grad’s Roman mosaics, churches from the early Christian period, medieval street complexes and most of all Tvrdalj – the Renaissance fortified castle with a pond and a garden belonging to the poet Petar Hektorovic, testify presence of the 24 centuries of this city. A walk through the old town is like listening to the whispers from the bygone times.
The most significant monument of Stari Grad is an early Christian church of St. John, remnant of the former church of St. Mary from the 6th/7th century BC. Modern archaeological research have discovered exceptionally valuable floor mosaics, the most beautiful of which is the one portraying doves drinking out of a kantharos, as well as wall paintings. An old christian immersion baptistry in the shape of a cross was dug out near the church. Also well worth a visit is the Dominican monastery, founded in 1482 and damaged by the Turks in 1571. The monastery has an old library, archives and an archaeological collection.
The Stari Grad Plain is a a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonised by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. Villagers today lovingly tend their grapes and olives, just as the ancient Greeks did. The landscape features ancient stone walls and trims, or small stone shelters, and bears testimony to the ancient geometrical system of land division used by the ancient Greeks, the chora which has remained virtually intact over 24 centuries.
There is a good selection of restaurants, cafés, bars and ice cream parlours in Stari Grad, all only a stroll away from the villa. All have outside tables either on the quayside or in the atmospheric lanes of the Old Town.
There are many excellent local red and white wines, also rakias. Lemonade is made from the juice of fresh lemons.
Some of our favourite restaurants and bars are:
Stari Grad –
Kod Damira Restaurant the closest to the Villa. Check out the reviews http://bit.ly/2dtdv8L
Antika in the old town, just follow the signs. Check our the reviews http://bit.ly/2duA0tm
In other towns, restaurants and bars that are worth the trip include:
- Hvar town – Gariful and Divino
- Jelsa – Nono’s and Pelagio
- Milna – A pretty seaside village halfway between Stari Grad and Hvar town where you can sit literally on the water
- Vrboska – Pizzeria Škojić
- Humac – In a magical setting in a deserted stone village on the spine of the island, about 5km east of Jelsa, just off the main road. It has garden seating and sensational views over Hvarski Kanal to the island of Brač
- Palmižana – A must for a day trip – a delightful restaurant run by the Meneghello family on an island off Hvar town (from which it is reached by taxi boat)
There are lots of small boutiques and souvenir shops in Stari Grad and you can spend happy hours exploring local / Italian fashion, jewellery, and local handicrafts. The local daily produce market is a fun way to buy your fresh fruit and vegetables, or you can buy fresh fish at teh marekt or off the small fishing obats. You can also buy wines, rakjia’s and cheeses. In Hvar there are lots of shops and my favourite jeweller Tanja Curin. “For 30 years now Tanja Ćurin has been building her cosmos of beauty in lavish and unique necklaces, worn with love by women across the world. Her jewellery is precious and she is a precious brand of Hvar.”
Majda and Dalibor at Hvar Touristik can advise you on the wealth of things to do on the island. Visit website.
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