Hvar

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Hvar is a city and port on the island of Hvar, part of Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. The municipality has a population of 4,251 while the city itself is inhabited by 3,771 people, making it the largest settlement on the island of Hvar. Wikipedia




"Hvar (pronounced [xv̞âːr]; local Chakavian dialect: Hvor or For, Greek: Pharos, Φάρος, Latin: Pharia, Italian: Lesina) is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast, lying between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. Approximately 68 km (42.25 mi) long, with a high east-west ridge of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, the island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields in the agricultural areas. The climate is characterized by mild winters, and warm summers with many hours of sunshine. The island has 11,103 residents, making it the 4th most populated of the Croatian islands.

Hvar's location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes has long made this island an important base for commanding trade up and down the Adriatic, across to Italy and throughout the wider Mediterranean. It has been inhabited since pre-historic times, originally by a Neolithic people whose distinctive pottery gave rise to the term Hvar culture, and later by the Illyrians. The ancient Greeks founded the colony of Pharos in 384 BC on the site of today's Stari Grad, making it one of the oldest towns in Europe. They were also responsible for setting out the agricultural field divisions of the Stari Grad Plain, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In medieval times, the City of Hvar rose to importance within the Venetian Empire as a major naval base. Prosperity brought culture and the arts, with one of the first public theatres in Europe, nobles’ palaces and many fine communal buildings.

The 16th century was an unsettled time, with the Hvar Rebellion, coastal raids by pirates and the Ottoman army from the mainland, resulting in some unusual fortified buildings on the northern shore to protect the local population. After a brief time under Napoleonic rule, the island became part of the Austrian Empire, a more peaceful and prosperous time. On the coast, harbours were expanded, quays built, fishing and boat building businesses grew. At the same time, the island's wine exports increased, along with lavender and rosemary production for the French perfume industry. However, this prosperity did not continue into the 20th century as wooden sailing boats went out of fashion, and the phylloxera blight hit wine production. Many islanders left to make a new life elsewhere.

One industry, tourism, has however continued to grow and is now a significant contributor to the island's economy. The formation of The Hygienic Association of Hvar in 1868 for the assistance of visitors to the island has been instrumental in developing an infrastructure of hotels, apartments, restaurants, marinas, museums, galleries and cafés. Today, the island of Hvar is a popular destination, consistently listed in the top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine." Wikipedia









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We struggled and failed to find space to moor in Hvar so chugged on round to the next bay (Milan) and took a red restaurant buoy and had the most amazing dinner during sunset. A lucky find. We headed back to Hvar the next day to stroll around and grab some groceries. An interesting hustling busy city.

Parja Cove

We stayed here one starry night, firmly attached to one of the two buoys in the cove, with another yacht on the other. It was the most amazing experience, so peaceful... well until the local fisherman from the house came past at 5am is his noisy fishing boat, putt putt putt, LOL.

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Hvar Harbour
1 . Hvar Harbour

A large harbour busy with tourists due to it's heritage and beauty. This is rather a fixed mooring without a man-made break-water, however the islet and natural land formation provides some natural...

Podstine Harbour
2 . Podstine Harbour

A small harbour with a small break-water provides limited shore-side mooring and shelter but is in close proximity to a number of beach bars.

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3 . Mala Garska Cove

This small very narrow cove to the west of Hvar town provides some confined shore-side mooring for smaller vessels.

Saint Jerolim Island
4 . Saint Jerolim Island

A small island nearest to Hvar town hosts a lighthouse and a small cove on the southern side for unsheltered anchoring.

Stipanska Island
5 . Stipanska Island

A small uninhabited island with a couple of restaurants hosts a couple of options for anchoring.

Pribinja Cove
6 . Pribinja Cove

A slightly larger cove than neighbouring Vira, hosts two taverns providing some limited mooring.

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7 . Vira Bay

A small (read tiny) harbour with no breakwater packed with local fishing vessels.

Marinovac Bay
8 . Marinovac Bay

A bay nestled in between a number of islets opposite Hvar town surrounded by several restaurants.

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9 . Vela Garska

A naturally sheltered forked cove on the south of Hvar island and to the west of Hvar town, hosts a single tavern.

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10 . Milna Bay

A lively town, especially at night, hosts some amazing views and restaurants. Restaurants offer buoys and taxi to shore services for visiting yachts that dine with them. Many buoys are reserved in ...

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11 . ACI Marina Palmizana

This small busy marina provides a number of pontoons and jetties in shallow water. There are basic facilities, including a taxi to Hvar town.

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12 . Parja Cove

A very pretty cove with two buoys and a beautiful house. A fisherman on his noisy putt-putt boat leaves very early in the morning.

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13 . Vinogradisce Bay

A long cove on the south of Pakleni island hosts a number of restaurants and is a short distance over land to the ACI Marina on the bay on the opposite side of the island.

Klement Bay
14 . Klement Bay

A large bay under the Saint Klement mountain provides a picturesque stop, and is a short walk to a local restaurant to the west.

Zarace West
15 . Zarace West

The bay to the west provides limited shelter for visiting boats to anchor. The opposing bay offers some buoys for the restaurants.

Vlaka Bay
16 . Vlaka Bay

This large bay has a number of coves, the furthest south hosts a local restaurant and a small jetty. There is no natural shelter in this bay.

Pelegrin Cove
17 . Pelegrin Cove

An unsheltered cove, not much shelter but a nice short stop for lunch.

Zarace East
18 . Zarace East

This eastern bay has some restaurant provided buoys for visiting guests.

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19 . Gracisce Cove

A small pretty cove on the approach to Starigrad provides a nice place for a short stop.

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20 . Dubovica Cove

A small pretty cove with a nice beach to the east of Hvar and Milna.

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1 . Milna
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