Vrboska, a small town and harbour on the northern coast of the island of Hvar, lies in a picturesque, deep cove surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and a forest of pine. It has a long tradition in fishing, presented in the Fishing Mu-seum. The fortified church, which offers a wonderful view on the surroundings and the open sea, represents a unique monument. Various accommodation facilities – hotels, apartments, campsites, fine restaurants and bars, as well as sports and recreation opportunities attract many visitors to Vrboska. Cultural events and entertainment are organized during the tourist season. Vrboska ACI Marina has 100 berths in the sea and 20 places on the land. Vrboska, a town and harbour in a narrow and deeply indented bay on the central part of the northern coast of the island of Hvar. Chief occupations are farming, viniculture, olive growing, fishing, fish processing and tourism. The cove is enclosed by a forest of pine. Vrboska is situated on a branching road of the regional road. Vrboska was founded in the 15th century by the inhabitants of Vrbanj. The town is divided into two parts – Pjaca in the east and Padva in the west. The typical Dalmatian folk architecture is interspersed with several urban houses from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The fortified church of St. Mary, one of the rare monuments of that kind in Dalmatia, was built in the centre of the town in 1580. – The parish church of St. Lawrence was erected in the 16th century; it assumed its present aspect during the Baroque period. The main altar is decorated with a polyptych by Paolo Veronese, made between 1571 and 1579, while the altar to the right features Our Lady of the Rosary, a work by Leandro Bassano. The church holds a collection of the paintings dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The church of St. Peter from 1469 lies on the eastern part of the town; the statue of a saint from the front, a work by a Renaissance master of the circle of Nicholas of Florence, was transferred to the parish church. Vrboska, Little Venice But even if it is the smallest, Vrboska is the treasure of the island. Founded in the 15th century, d ue to numerous small bridges that it’s connected with it is often reffered to as “Little Venice”. Vrboska is well known by its beautiful beaches very close to Vrboska – Maslenica, Soline, Uvala Rapa, Paklena and small island Zečevo. Vrboska is a tourist destination and harbor in the central part of the northern coast of the island of Hvar. Located in a picturesque, deep cove surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and a forest of pine Vrboska has everything you need for a quiet family holiday. Its people mostly live of olive, fruit and wine growing, as well as of fishing and tourism.
The Island of Hvar is the sunniest island in Croatia, and has been ranked among the ten most beautiful islands in the world by many travel magazines worldwide. Pleasant climate with numerous sunny days, clear air, crystal clear sea, lush sub-tropical vegetation, well-maintained vineyards and olive groves, as well as its rich history make it a unique tourist destination. The entire region of Dalmatia has Mediterranean natural and climate characteristics, with long warm summers and short and mild winters. The average summer air temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius, while the average winter air temperature is around 7 degrees Celsius. The average air temperature throughout the year is 17,3 degrees Celsius. The town and the island of Hvar are the sunniest locations in Croatia, with 2718 hours of sunshine annually. Hvar, wonderful island of the central Dalmatia, is one of the 10 most beautiful islands of the world. Crystal blue sea, beautiful bays, mild climate, endless fields of lavender, historical and cultural sights, make the island of Hvar so special. Warm summers and gentle winters enable Hvar to be one of the most attractive health resorts. Hvar, an island in the central Dalmatian archipelago; area 299.6 sq km (length 67.5 km, width up to 10.5 km); population 11,459. In front of the western part of the southern coast of Hvar are Pakleni Otoci (Pakleni Islands), and in front of the middle part the island of Scedro. A crest stretches across the middle part of the island, with the highest peak Sveti Nikola (St. Nicholas) (628 m); north of it is the fertile Velo Polje (Big Field). The northern coast of the island, with the spacious Stari Grad Bay and a number of coves, is much more indented than the southern. The island is characterized by mild Mediterranean climate. The air temperature in the winter months i s 9.1°C, an average air temperature in January is -8.4°C and in July -24.8°C. Hvar has a long insolation (2,718 hours of sunshine a year). Snow occurs very rarely; in January there are five snowy days in ten years and in February only three. The forest vegetation, which in the past comprised the entire island, has been cleared in dolomite valleys and flysh belts, adequate for farming. Bare rocky ground is interspersed with underbrush and garrigue; lower belts are covered with holm oak, Aleppo pine and other species. There are no surface water streams on the island; smaller sources spring out at the point of contact between dolom-ites and flysh marls. The only larger source is near Jelsa, from where the waterworks runs toward the town of Hvar. Most of the villages developed around Velo Polje; larger places are found along the coast (Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Vrboska). Economy is based on tourism, farming, viticulture, olive growing and especially on cultivation of rosemary and lavender; fishing is an additional occupation of the rural population. The island of Hvar has three fish canneries (Sucuraj, Vrboska and Hvar). Tourism is especially developed in the town of Hvar and in Jelsa; modern marinas are built in Vrboska and on the Pakleni Islands. Major places on the island are connected by the regional road (Hvar – Stari Grad – Jelsa – Bogomolje – Sucuraj). Ferry lines via Hvar, Sucuraj, Stari Grad and the cove of Vira. The island of Hvar was populated already in the prehistoric times (caves Grapceva and Pokrivenik, with painted pottery). The island was later inhabited by the Illyrians, who came into conflict with the Greek colonizers in the 4th century BC. Numerous tumuli on the island are of Illyrian origin. Similar as the islands of Korcula and Vis, Hvar accepted the Greek settlers but was the only one that had an Ionic settlement (Pha-ros, today Stari Grad). The remains of the ancient colony include parts of walls, graves with pottery of Apulian origin and numerous inscriptions. Hvar played an important role in the Roman-Illyrian conflicts, when its rulers (Demetrije Hvaranin) tried to preserve its independence. In Roman times Hvar lost its earlier importance. On the collapse of the Roman Empire, Hvar came under the Byzantine rule, as well as the entire Dalmatia. In the 7th century it came under the Nerentani (Narentini), with whom it joined the Kingdom of Croatia in the 11th century. In the following centuries Hvar recognized the sovereignty of the Croatian-Hungarian ruler, the Bosnian King Tvrtko, the Split Duke Hrvoje, the Dubrovnik Republic, Venice (1278-1797, with an interruption in the period 1358-1420), France and Austria. After the First World War, together with the entire Dalmatia, it was annexed to Croatia. In the 16th and the 17th centuries Hvar was a prominent centre of the Croatian literature (Petar Hektorovic, Hanibal Lucic). The town of Hvar and other towns and villages on the island have numerous architectural and cultural monuments, which bear witness to outstanding artistic traditions of the island, the economic prosperity of its population and the relations Hvar used to maintain with cultural centres of the past centuries. Hvar is one of the most beautiful places on earth! I have been there several times and each time it gets better. Everyone is very kind and helpful. In the summer there are nightly performers in the main square. I reccomend checking out the church when its open, but dress conservatively! There was nothing better than sitting on the riva (harbor) at a cafe and watching the boats dock. It has a great nightlife for anyone interested in going to clubs. Great food, especially seafood, i reccomend leonardo’s pizza. Great beaches and warm water. It does get warm and humid over the summer but you get used to it. Everyone should visit Hvar.