Island of Hvar
Island of Hvar is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago; area 299.6 sq km (length 67.5 km, width up to 10.5 km); population 11,459.
In front of the western part of the southern coast of Hvar are Pakleni Otoci (Pakleni Islands), and in front of the middle part the island of Scedro. Hvar island is surrounded with other middle – Dalmatian islands; Korcula island, Brac island and Vis island.
The island is characterized by mild Mediterranean climate. The air temperature in the winter months is 9.1°C, an average air temperature in January is 8.4°C and in July 24.8°C (lately increased). Hvar has a long insolation (2,718 hours of sunshine a year).
Economy is based on tourism, farming, vineculture,olive growing and especially on cultivation of rosemary and lavender; fishing is an additional occupation of the rural population.
Though representing a part of the diverse southern Croatian archipelago, formed by numerous islands, since the earliest days Hvar has been the subject of special recognition, distinguished by both its natural beauty and its cultural strata.
It was chosen by the earliest prehistoric inhabitants because of it’s pleasant climate and convenient havens and its arable land well-suited for cultivation, as well as for the defence and construction possibilities it offered.
Due to its mild climate, the scent of lavender and other aromatic herbs which fills the air, the island of Hvar has been known as a health resort since 1868.
Besides health benefits and natural beauties, the city of Hvar is famous for its cultural heritage. The biggest main square in Dalmatia (an area of 4500m2), with many renaissance and baroque palaces, dominates the city which is surrounded by fortification walls dating from the 7th century.
Therefore, it is no wonder “The Traveller” has given the island of Hvar not only the flattering but also well deserved title of being one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world.