Island-hopping in Croatia ~ bustling Hvar…

Tourists  flock to Hvar island for its beautiful climate – mild winters and warm hot summers are the norm.  We arrived on a hot sunny day having been ferried by water taxi into the town, as the Olimp couldn’t dock until 8.00 p.m.

Hvar is famous for its lavender production so upon getting to shore, it wasn’t surprising to see fragrant lavender products on sale in little stalls all over the town.

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Lavender for sale

There was immediately a vibrant yet relaxed feel to Hvar town, with cafes and restaurants lining the busy waterfront – no time to stop though as there much to see and do in the short time we were there. We began to get a feel for the place by strolling through the streets and lanes –  it is a playground for the rich and famous, but none were in evidence, however I did manage to find a beautiful bride.

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The Cathedral of St Stephen
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Venetian influence is strong
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No shortage of places to eat

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Floral colour
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Love the red chairs
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The Cathedral at the end of the large town square – the largest medieval square in Europe
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The marina
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Found a bride with a groom in a kit
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This place is beautiful
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Pretty restaurant along the waterfront
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Yes, we did thank you

Our main mission was to get to the C16th town fortress (Španjola), which dates from times when Hvar was part of the Venetian empire. It is quite a steep climb to the top so as it was rather hot we decided to taxi up and walk back down through the  garden path which lines the route down.  The fort sits high on a hill and offers wonderful panoramic views of the town and islands beyond.

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Battlement
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We made it
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The views down are fabulous
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The Cathedral is down there
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The wall
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You can see out to more islands
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The prison
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A nice moment
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Walking back down
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The walk down in the late afternoon is shady and pretty
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Getting lower
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A lady on the path
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The walls
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Heading to town
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A lavender stall near the base of the path
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About the garden

During our short orientation when we got off the boat, Antonio had made a few suggestions regarding places for dinner and we liked the look of Mizarola in particular, so we made a reservation before setting off to explore. The many busy bars which line the waterfront were buzzing and quite enticing so we stopped for pre- dinner drinks …

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Dinner on the terrace at Mizarola was great – the ambience, the food, the wine and the company (all of us were on the cruise) all made for a perfect evening.

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Up the hill behind the restaurant
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Enjoying our drinks
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Phil and Frances are too

The best part of the evening was yet to come – The Olimp was moored right against the dock in the marina and it looked fantastic all lit up.  After wandering around for a while after dinner, we played at the being rich and famous – sitting up on the deck of that sleek and elegant boat, watching the world go by beside us – magic.

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Dusk in Hvar
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Ships on the dock – check out the fortress!
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The fortress glows  at night
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Now this really is for the rich and famous -The White Rabbit trimaran – worth millions and millions!
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On our way back to the Olimp
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Boats everywhere
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This is the life

Next post – Milna

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