City of Hvar
Situated in the picturesque nature, facing the southern side of the world, that has given it all Mediterranean attraction and cheerfulness; facing sea, that gave it splendid and repeatable history, Hvar is an inexhaustible treasury of the scenery, atmosphere and adventure.
Its name derives from the Greek name for island and town, that stood where today Stari Grad (Hvar became an island’s centre in 13th century) stands – PHAROS. Hvar gained glory and power during middle ages being an important port within the Venetian, naval empire. Today, it is centre of island’s tourism and one of the favourite destinations in Dalmatian riviera – a town of smiling and courteous people, who are almost only dedicated to tourism.
Brusje, a village some 6 km east of Hvar. Initially a shepherds’ settlement, later a village of wine, olive oil, rosemary oil and honey makers. Today Brusje is a suburb of Hvar and favourite field trip destination for everybody who want to see and feel authentic rural ambient of Hvar.
The patron saint of Brusje is St. George, celebrated on 23rd of April.
Velo Grablje is a village located about 10 kilometers, by either the old road or the new road, from the town of Hvar. With the villages of Zoraće and Malo Grablje, it comprises the immediate surroundings of Hvar and a special rural setting on this part of the island. Velo Grablje was established in the 15th century. Even today it has preserved its archaeological, cultural and historical monuments, some of which date from prehistoric times. The Church of St. Vid is a beautifully preserved example of Old Croatian architecture of the ninth to twelfth century. The local church of St. Kuzma and Damjan was built in 1886 on the location of an earlier structure from the 16th century. With its wall paintings from 1913-1914, it is one of the most beautiful village churches in the Hvar Diocese.
St. Kuzma and Damjan are the patron saints and protectors of the village, which stages a large annual celebration on their feast day, September 26.
Although today the village has been almost completely destroyed through a variety of historical circumstances, many people in the area still come here on a daily basis to work in their fields, celebrate mass and socialize. For example, there are the Bocce Ball Club “Levanda” and the Soccer Club “Levanda”, both of which have achieved excellent results in local competitions.
Then there is the Agricultural Cooperative, established in 1892 as a “Rosemary Association” — the first such association on an island with a long, interesting tradition of producing lavender and rosemary essential oils, as well as olive oil and honeys made from rosemary, lavender, heather and sage. The villagers of Grablje, the Village Council, and the Association “Pjover”, continue to maintain the identity of the village and to pursue its revitalization.
The tranquility of the area, with its stone beaches, olive trees, lavender, rosemary, heather and sage and the trails through the surrounding landscape, will provide you with pleasant moments of rest.
In addition to the scenic overlooks Sveti Rok, Sveti Vid and Motokit, you can take a break and refresh yourself in the restaurant “Vidikovac-Levanda”, which serves home-made food and drinks, or in the Dalmatian konoba (tavern) “Nadola” in Velo Grablje. Afterwards, you can take a look around the village, walk down the beautiful road to Malo Grablje, rest at the konoba “Stori komin”, and continue through a wonderful canyon to the beautiful beaches of Milna.
With the old greeting from Grablje “Zdravi bili”, we wish you all the best and a happy journey!
Situated 4 km east of city of Hvar. There are two pebble beaches, and a woody and gentle coast where pine-trees, agaves, vineyards and orchards overgrow. Next to Milna lagoon there are two other woody lagoons; Malo and Veliko Borče.
Milna is one the oldest Hvar resorts, established at the very beginnings of tourism in Hvar, and its particularly country atmosphere is punctuated by an old villa of the noble family Ivanić (today owned by family Božić-Fio) from 17th century.
There are several restaurants in Milna. There is an organised transportation by boat from Hvar port, and it is also reachable by car or foot.
Sveta Nedjelja, a village some 12 km east of city of Hvar, is situated on steep and sunny slopes of the island. It is an excellent spot for growing vine-trees, so the place is known for its wine making. The new tourist village Sveta Nedjelja is beneath the old village of Sveta Nedjelja.
The patron of Sveta Nedjelja is St. Spiridon the bishop, celebrated on 14th of December.