Hvar is the fourth largest of Croatia’s islands and the fifth island we stopped at on the cruise. The City Fortress, Fortica, on the hilltop over looking the town was built after 1278 when Hvar came under the Venetian rule. In 1551 a new fortress was built at the place of the old one and it offered protection to population who had taken refuge there during the Turkish invasion in 1571. An explosion, in 1579, of the gunpowder depot, damaged the fortress, it was repaired during the Duke Pietro Semitecolo’s time at the beginning of the 17th century. The last army barracks were built in 1775 and 1776 during the reign of Maria Theresa.
Hvar is said to be the sunniest island in Croatia, the climate is perfect for growing lavender, which the island is famous for, as well as olive trees and vineyards. Hvar’s narrow, cobbled streets provided some respite from the heat while we were walking around the town.
St Stephen’s Cathedral is the backdrop to the square of the same name, this baroque cathedral was built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
After exploring the town we managed to get a table at a restaurant, (seen in the centre of the above photo), with views over the harbour, where we ate the most delicious seafood pasta while we watched the sun set.