The island of Hvar is 68 km long, what makes it the longest island of the Adriatic Sea, while the road connecting the most distant points of the island is about 80 km long. Hvar covers an area of 300 km2 making it one of the four largest islands in Adriatic Sea.
The island of Hvar is a true Adriatic and Mediterranean pearl and in the opinion of many, one of the most beautiful islands ever. It owes its uniqueness to its rich history and culture.
People have been living here since prahistoric times and have since then, due to their presence, way of living and survival, contributed to the islands’ appearance and also significantly to its present beauty. Hence today, when passing through the Hvar landscapes, the picturesque panorama of well laid-out olive orchards, vineyards, agaves, lavander fields…can be seen, while on the other side, as a valuable testimony of time, the old towns and places uncover hidden beauties. Archaeological findings in some of the islands caves (Grapčeva, Markova) give testimony to the culture of Hvars’ inhabitants going back to the Early Stone Age.
The island Of Hvar is most easily presented by its four specific areas that also comprise its municipalities. The Municipality of Hvar covers the western parth of the island, the Municipalities of Stari Grad and Jelsa the central area, while the Municipality of Sućuraj covers the eastern section. Each of these areas includes many interesting settlements and locations, as well as a lot of diversity and uniqueness worth seeking and investigating.
The island is linked to the mainland by ferry lines from Stari Grad to Split, from Sućuraj to the small ferry port in Drvenik on the mainland, as well as catamaran lines from the towns of Hvar and Jelsa to Split. It administratively belongs to the County of Split and Dalmatia and has about 11. 000 inhabitants.