Hvar is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast between the islands of Brač (Brac), Vis and Korčula (Korcula). Approximately 68 km (42.25 mi) long, with a high east-west ridge. The island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs. Its hillsides are covered with pine forests, 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. 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, Hvar Croatia 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.

Hvar Croatia

Quick Info About The Weather on Hvar

The climate of Hvar Croatia is characterized by mild winters and warm summers. The yearly average air temperature is 16 °C (61 °F), 703 mm (27.7 in) of precipitation fall on the town of Hvar on average every year and the town has a total of 2800 sunshine hours per year. For comparison Hvar has an average of 7.7 sunshine hours per day while Dubrovnik has 7.2. The sea temperatures average from the lowest readings in February of 14 °C (57 °F) to their warmest during summer, when the sea temperatures usually stay between 23 °C (73 °F) to 27 °C (81 °F).

Hvar Cathedral of St. Stephan

Hvar Croatia - How to Get There

The island has a branched network of roads. Jelsa, Starigrad and Hvar are connected by a modern road with the tunnel. A network of narrow and bad roads connects the entire island, from Sucuraj to Hvar Croatia.Regular ferry connections with the mainland are in the Old Town and Sucuraj. Quick passenger ships connect Jelsa and Hvar to Split.In Starigard Field there is a small general aviation aeroport with a grassy trail.




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