The island of Hvar is 68 km long with 11.000 inhabitants in several towns, with fertile land, springs of water, mild climate in the winter, known for excellent red wine and endless fields of lavender.
The town of Hvar is probably the second most popular tourist destination of the Croatian Adriatic (after Dubrovnik). Although it existed earlier as a small settlement its prosperity begins in the 13th century when it was agreed with the Venetians that the southern village will be expanded and fortified to be the base of the Venetian fleet. Hvar then became the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the island. It was also an important centre of early Croatian literature, architecture, sculpture, painting and music. One of the oldest theatres in Europe opened in 1612, old town walls (13th century) and two fortresses (Spanish and Napoleonic), noble houses and public buildings are popular attractions today. The cathedral and the Bishop's Palace are situated around the main square of the town, and during the summer many cultural and artistic events make Hvar one of the most eventful places in the country. Bars, bistros, restaurants, hotels, walks along the sea, town quay with many luxurious yachts and international celebrities all contribute to the allure and glamour of Hvar.
Pakleni otoci (The Devil's Islands) are a couple of miles away from the main harbour of Hvar and they are a better place for sailors. Besides many natural harbours on the islands, marina Palmižana is probably the most popular marina in the Adriatic. It has a regular boat service to the town of Hvar.