As it is the fourth largest island of Croatia, Hvar offers a lot to its visitors. On the area of not quite 300 km2 there are numerous hidden treasures. The island enraptures with its beauty tourist from all over the world. For many the best period to visit the island is the end of spring or the beginning of summer, when whole island is lilac-violet because of lavender blooming. In that time the aroma in the air is unspeakable. On the other hand there are people, who say that July is the best moment to visit the island – it is the warmest month and the activity of cicadas is the highest. They can be so loud, that make people feel as if they were surrounded by wild animals in the jungle. For another people September is the right moment – the island and sea is heated up after long summer, but days are not hot anymore, the sun is lower, so the colours are warmer and built of sandstone towns look more romantic. Besides the nature, which specific cycle attracts tourists in different moments of the year, there are many unchangeable reasons to visit Hvar island.
First reason is the marvelous towns and villages. Strolling in the narrow streets of Hvar, visiting the ancient churches of Stari Grad and exploring the nooks of Vrboska is a must. Moreover, there are several villages in the island interior – unspoilt with tourism and modernity, they preserved authentic character. Among those, Vrbanj, Svirče and Vrisnik – regularly passed on the way from Stari Grad to Sveta Nedjelja – are worth stopping for a while. In the villages there are local taverns (Croatian konoba), offering great Dalmatian cuisine. Sveta Nedjelja itself is a small village located on the southern coast of the island, on foot of the highest hills. It is known for climbing routes and vineyards, but from the last one the most famous from is a nearby village – Ivan Dolac. Not everyone knows that there is a gravel road leading from Sveta Nedjelja to the area of Dubovni Dol (close to the tunnel being a part of a new road joining Stari Grad and Hvar). This part of the island is totally empty – walking down from 100 m high cliff, it is easy to find an empty cove and have a private beach.