Discover the sunniest island in the Croatia, Hvar

Hvar is known as the sunniest island in Croatia, located in the Adriatic sea surrounded by Brač, Pag, Pakleni Islands, and Vis. The name of the island is of Greek origin, Pharos, which means lighthouse. The vegetation of the island is mostly pine forest, which in combination with pleasant weather, creates excellent conditions for olive and vine growth. For decades, the primary industry was agriculture until the vast increase in tourism.

The island was inhabited as early as prehistoric times, 6 000 years ago. The findings from Mark’s and Grapčeva cave have ceramics that are from the Neolithic era. Hvar gains most of its political, economic, and architectural value during the time of the Republic of Venice. Hvar was the main Venetian port on the east side of the Adriatic coast. Progress in the development of structure and organization in Hvar happened during the period of the Austro Hungarian Monarchy. During which most of the harbor on the island has restored. At the same time, people turned to agriculture and farming with a focus on vine and lavender, which remained until today. Hvar had the biggest lavender field in Europe. The most influential artist of the Hvar cultural scene, which was blooming in the 15th and 16th century, were Hanibal Lucić, Petar Hektorović, Mikša Pelegrinović, and Jeronim Bartučević.

Island Hvar is an excellent getaway for taking a nice deep breath, away from the city fog. Because of its location, Hvar remains a fresh and clean place where people and nature live in complete harmony. Surrounded by the fields of lavender, old trees of olives, and vinegar’s, there is nothing left to feel but absolute happiness and gratefulness to be able to participate in this little paradise on the Earth.

Hvar is the most glamorous Croatian island frequented by many celebrities. The town of Hvar is the most popular place on Hvar, while Jelsa, Stari Grad, and Sućuraj are more subtle places, but still beautiful.

Discover the sunniest island

Hvar

Town Hvar, with its rich history, nearby archipelago Pakleni Island, gastronomic variety, and exclusive nightlife, is the most popular place on the island Hvar. Hvar, with its monuments, looks like a magical scenario. The city walls, stone streets, and buildings are preserved masterpieces of the rich history that manifested in this place, leaving its trace in beautiful architecture and monuments. The most important places to visit are Fortica, Arsenal, St. Stephen’s Square, Cathedral, and the Franciscan monastery.

Fortica is a medieval fortress with a magnificent view looking at Hvar harbor and the Pakleni Islands. Arsenal is the historic building once served as a repair and refitting station for warships. In 1612, on the first floor of the building, the first national (public) theater in Europe was opened. In this sense, Arsenal became a significant architectural and urban landmark of Hvar. St. Stephen’s square is situated between the Cathedral and the sea, and it’s the biggest square in the Dalmatia. This piazza is the hub of the Hvar town, preserving its original shape from the 15th century, filled with local bars and cafes.

Town Hvar developed a lot during the end of the 13th century with the characteristic of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Over time, it was reconstructed and adapted with Renaissance and Baroque elements. The geographical position of town Hvar, in comparison with Stari Grad, had a less significant role during Ancient times. Later on, throughout history, Stari Grad had a governing role while Hvar was an important harbor, especially during the Venetian period when it gained its glory.

 Stari Grad

Stari Grad, once an antic city Pharos, today famous tourist destination that except crystal clear water and a big scoop of sunshine, has a lot to offer. Stari Grad has many spectacular archaeological sites with a rich input of prehistoric evidence of residents’ dwellings. Also, there a lot of secular architecture like castle Tvrdalj, baroque square Škor, and Palace Biankini.

Stari Grad played a vital economic and political role for the island Hvar during history.

Because of its location, Stari Grad is a great spot for both agriculture (olives and vine) and holidays. With its rich cultural heritage, stone houses, narrow streets, and beautiful sea, its no wonder why many tourists come to visit it. Even though Stari Grad has no such vibrant nightlife as town Hvar, it’s a great place to enjoy a Mediterranean dish made will local groceries with a glass of domestic vine. There are a lot of great swimming spots with thick pines woods, Lanterna is the most popular one.

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Jelsa

The town Jelsa situated in the middle of the island Hvar is rich with historical monuments that you can find in churches, parks, and squares. This small harbor town with less crowd than the town Hvar, breaths with the simplicity of Dalmatian life, with its pines, beaches, breeze, and beautiful bays. Jelsa has a richly indented coastline with islets, many bays, and capes where the visitors can find real pleasure and peace.

Sućuraj

This small town, situated on the eastern cape of the island Hvar, is surrounded by the captivating beauty of the nearby mountain Biokovo, peninsula Pelješac, and the Adriatic Sea. The monuments worth visiting are the church of St. Ante Padovansky in the baroque style with elements of the Gothic and monastery of St. Augustine and church of St. George, dating from the 13th century. Agriculture and fishing are still a popular activity among locals. Local restaurants serve delicious products of domestic origin. The most famous bays with natural sand in the sea are bay Perna and bay Mlaska.

Things you experience and encounter on the Hvar Sea Kayak tour

Kayaking is a watersport that involves paddling and kayak for moving across water. The difference from canoeing is in its sitting position of the person and a double-bladed paddle. Kayaking is possible in every type of water, rivers, oceans, or lakes. The design of kayak depends on the specific water conditions. It can be on flat water, whitewater, or surf zone. Due to the various types of kayaking, everyone can enjoy the sport, both beginners and experts. It is quite easy to learn, like cycling. The most important thing to learn is how to paddle. Our instructor will show you the whole technique and will be there for you each step of the journey. With each paddle, your progress will reveal. If you want to learn a new sport or try a new activity, kayaking is a safe choice because beginners can learn it quite fast and enjoy it already on the first day. After a few hours of paddling, you will master the sport and have fun.

 We will provide you with equipment, sea kayak, paddle, life jacket, dry bag, spray skirt, and snorkeling equipment to use. Before beginning, you will have a brief safety talk and introduction to basic sea kayaking techniques. You can choose a single or double seat sea kayak. We mainly use double sea kayaks for shorter trips because they are faster, more stable, spacious, and easier to use for beginner paddlers.

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The adventure starts at Križna Luka beach, which is situated a few minutes from the center of the town Hvar. Kayaking is a remarkable venture where you get to explore the intended Croatian coastline and slide on the still water of the Adriatic Sea, with your family and friends. Pakleni Islands, distinguished by their beauty, isolated lagoons, and idyllic bays with pine trees, are certainly worthy of a visit. Both tourists and locals are spending a lot of their time chilling and relaxing on one of the islands of the archipelago Pakleni Islands. The islands are only reachable by boat, therefore joining a kayaking tour is one way to do it. This beginner-friendly sport is a great way to explore the Pakleni Islands and have a fun workout.

Pakleni Islands or Paklinski Islands have around 20 islands and skerry scattered on the Adriatic Sea in front of the island Hvar. The name of this archipelago comes from Paklina, which stands for a type of pine resin that was used in shipbuilding. This area, along with many others in Dalmatia, is rich with pine forests that provide great shade during hot summer days on the beach.

When we are all set and ready to go, we slide into the sea, and the journey begins. We will sea kayak outside of the Hvar channel encountering the open Adriatic sea and view over the horizon. The moment went you drift away from the land, and slowly paddle into the blue sky and the crystal clear water, where you can’t see the limit, a magical moment happens. You feel like one with nature, and become completely oblivious of what you left behind. The sea becomes glassy and still, surrounding the Pakleni Islands that stand proudly.

The first island that we will encounter is Galešnik, a small uninhabited island that is the closest to the Hvar’s coast. On the island, there is a lighthouse and a fortress that served as a military base and prison. On the citadel, there is a lovely view of the charming town of Hvar. We will continue to paddle towards the next island, Jerolim, a rocky island with a lush pine forest. It’s a marvelous spot to relax from the city buzz and enjoy nature. Jerolim stands between Galešnik and Marinkovac, directly opposite to Hvar town. The clam sea, pebble beaches, shady coves, and the smell of the pines trees give a quite spectacular and peaceful feeling that’s hard to find on the coast during summer days. Jerolim beach is one of the best naturalist beaches in the world. This traditional naturist swimming area has showers and a restaurant.

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The next island is Marinkovac, home to popular bays Stipanska and Ždrilca. On Stipanska, you will find the famous party beach club, Carpe Diem. It has incredible beaches and crystal clear water for relaxation and swimming, as well as a cocktail bar and restaurant that provide night entertainment. After kayaking through the passage Ždrilca, we will reach our destination bay Ždrilca, where we will have one long pause. Bay Ždrilca lies on the opposite side of the Stipanska bay on the western part of the island Marinkovac. The beach Ždrilca has seasonal restaurants and beautiful stone cottages that are a proud representative of Mediterranean architecture. Ždrilca is full of olive trees that give delicious olive oil, which you can try in the restaurant Tri Grede, along with other Dalmatians specialties. This pebbled beach, with pine trees providing amazing shade, will delight you. There is a pathway through which you can walk to the other side of Marinkovac in a short time. When on the beach, enjoy your time swimming, relaxing or grab mask, snorkel, and explore on your own vibrant underwater life.

With kayaking, you will experience the majestic Adriatic sea, and at the same time, discover the surroundings of Croatian sunniest island Hvar. Even though Pakleni Islands are not inhabited, they remain hot spots during its season from many people. This experience is a small example of a lifestyle in Dalmatia. If you want to spend an active holiday discovering the beauty of Croatia, kayaking is an excellent choice for you.