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Sveta Nedjelja is an ideal place for a half-day excursion. It is located on a cliff under the Sveti Nikola mountain top (626 meters), and surrounded by steep vineyards and olive groves which are difficult to reach. Sveta Nedjelja is located in one of the supreme wine-growing areas on the island and the entire country. Visit the cave above the village, and make sure you taste the local red wine, Mali plavac, at the Plenkovic winery. Zlatan Plenković is one of the most famous and largest Croatian wine producers. His wines are aged in a cave cellar 70 meters underground, at a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius.
Vrh sv. Nikole
The island’s mountains are a real delicacy for walking and climbing lovers. You can start your climbing tour to the top of st. Nicholas from a number of directions, from the shore on the southern part of the island from villages of Svirće and Dol, or from Vidikovac on the western part of Stari Grad.
We recommend that amateur sportsmen and cyclists start from Vidikovac, westward from Stari Grad. After a few kilometers of asphalted road with no particularly difficult ascents or descents you will reach the part below the rock at the highest peak. A peak that rises above the village of Sveta Nedjelja towards which St Nicholas’s southern cliffs descend is of particularly challenging beauty.
During pleasant and bright weather, you can even see the island of Vis from the peak. If you take a look from the cliff of st. Nicholas toward the foot of the mountain, you will experience the feeling of being on the sheer peak. Standing there it is not hard to understand why people once built their sanctuaries precisely on such heights.
Saint Nicholas is the saint patron of passengers and sailors, so the small church was built in his honor on the place from where the inland and maritime paths are best visible.
Hvar’s Theatre and Arsenal – Hvar town, Cultural & Historic Sites
Once you are on Hvar’s square you will certainly wish to visit Hvar’s theatre that holds an unavoidable place in the general history of theater. Its foundation in 1612 made it become the first civic theatre in Europe. The theater was erected above the Arsenal, the most recognizable outline of the city of Hvar, a place that was used for the repair of galleys and served as a warehouse for nautical accessories.
Today Hvar’s theatre is open for public use. In the same venue there is also the Gallery of Contemporary Art that is open to visitors during the tourist season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. During the low season you can phone number 021741009, but its working hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fishing Museum, Vrboska – Cultural heritage of the island of Hvar
The Museum was opened in 1972 and preserves numerous fishing equipment and accessories. Amongst many interesting exhibits there is an appliance called svićalo which was used to light pinewood splinter and whose light attracted fish. There are also petroleum lanterns that were immersed under seawater, old rudders, fish-hooks, but also cooper’s tools. The Museum preserves a collection of treated crabs, fish and shells of the Adriatic seabed and amphora from the Roman period.
During the tourist season the museum is open to visitors from 9 a.m. – noon and from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Dominican monastery, Island of Šćedro
A unique and unforgettable sight is definitely the remains of the Dominican monastery from the 15th century. Once a year, more accurately the first Wednesday in July, the Holy mass is held in honor of Gospa od milosrđa (Our Lady of Mercy). This day is known among the population on Hvar as “Fiesta on Šćedro” where the joy of all the visitors to Šćedro is accompanied with Dalmatian foods, top quality wine and clapa singing that rings from every courtyard deep into the night.
Franciscan monastery, Hvar town – Cultural heritage of the island Hvar
An easy stroll from Hvar’s square, along the sea and the waterfront soon brings you to the Franciscan monastery. Within the peace and quiet of the monastery walls, you can enjoy a rich display of museum exhibits (collections of Greek, Roman and Venetian coins, liturgical items, atlas of the ancient cartographer Ptolemaeus, rare exhibits of amphora, etc.), as well as paintings of Venetian artists like Francesco Santacroce and Palma Junior. The monastery is known for its magnificent painting of the Last Supper (2 x 8 m) which leaves everyone breathless. Some critics believe it is the work of a painter from Ravenna Matteo Ingoli, whilst others think that the painting belongs to the school of Palma Junior. One more rarity that makes the monastery famous is the 300-year old cypress that is located in the garden of the monastery.
During the tourist season the monastery is open to visitors from 10 a.m.- noon and from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. whilst during the low season its working hours are only between 10 a.m. and noon.
Palace Biankini and Naval collection, Stari Grad
In the 19th century during the period of sailboats Stari Grad marked the development of the shipping industry and naval construction. There is a rich naval collection preserved in Palace Biankini in Stari Grad. The collection was founded by the Centre for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage of the island of Hvar in 1966 and besides documentation on naval construction; it also displays various nautical instruments, paintings of Hvar captains, old nautical charts and literature on navigation.
During the tourist season the collection can be seen from 10 a.m. to noon and from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. During the low season, it is necessary to announce your arrival to the Cultural Centre by phone (+385 21 765 910).
The fort Fortica (Španjola) – Hvar town attractions
If you walk from the square to the north, passing the main city gate or Porta di datallo (Gate of Dates) ascending the stairs through the old part of the city in which there are palaces built in the 15th and 16th centuries, through small bends that give out the aromas of Mediterranean plants, you will reach Hvar’s fort Fortica or how the locals call it Španjola. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century (during the Venetian rule) and was reconstructed in 1579. Today the fort holds a collection of amphora and other exhibits from antiquity and the Middle Ages. Besides experiencing its exquisite architecture, you will experience an unforgettable panoramic view of the city of Hvar, its surroundings and the Pakleni islands.
You can reach the fort by car as well by taking the road that goes from the bus station, behind the hill, to the western part of the city.
Stari Grad Plain, Ager – UNESCO World Heritage
Because of its exceptional archaeological importance and well preserved ancient cadastre originating from the 4th century B.C., Stari Grad Plain is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Church fort of St. Mary, Vrboska – Hvar island, History & Culture
One of the most significant monuments of the island of Hvar is definitely the Church – fort erected in 1571, after the Turkish attack on the location of an older church that originated in 1465.
The church has the shape of a fort with an observation post and a loop-hole and from its top there is a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding places and fields. The church preserves valuable works of Stefan Celesti (‘Lady of Mount Carmel’), Antonio Sciuri (‘Mary’s Childbirth’), Giuseppe Alabardi (‘Resurrection’ and ‘Placing into the tomb’) Marko Rašica (‘Lady of Mount Carmel’) and Celestin Medović (‘Homage of the Three Kings’).
During the tourist season the church is open to visitors between 10 a.m. and noon and 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
During the low season, all visitations must be announced to the parish office by phone (+ 385 21 774 095).
Art gallery Meneghello, Palmižana
If Eugen Meneghello planted the rocky island, and his son Juraj Toto Meneghello followed his father’s dream of a botanical garden and pension in the middle of the Pakleni group, then Dagmar Meneghello took the dream to yet another dimension.
For Škorpion is her dream, and a unique one, as only dreams can be… A gallery that is not just a mere space for exhibition, Škorpion is a passageway, open to all, where one gains knowledge of the refined simplicity of the Croatian culture whilst uniting art of various roots, creating its unique identity.