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plasma tv on living spaceApartments on Island Hvar are located in many places all over Island Hvar. Spending vacation in apartments for Island Hvar is most popular choice, but off course if you want you can choose something more close to your needs like villa for rent, or rooms or studio apartment or something else. In apartment you normally get bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and sometimes with living room. Apartments differ from many criteria. First criteria before you choose apartment for Island Hvar is how much people are with you. So you need apartment with adequate number of beds and bedrooms. Most of apartments have spacious living space that offers extra beds for guests. Then you choose place on Island Hvar where you want to spend holiday. It could be some old Mediterranean city like Stari Grad apartments or apartments in Hvar Town with night life, historical monuments, its special architectural streets and buildings or you want apartment in peaceful tourist farming village like Zavala or Ivan Dolac. They don't offer wild night life, but they are more family like, surrounded by Mediterranean nature, many pebble beaches with pure sea. They seem to be more isolated from civilization even when they are connected by quality roads, and buses with all Island Hvar main ports and other places. Most of apartments on Island Hvar are headed to south and most of them have sea view, and private balcony or terrace. In most of apartment you can bring a pet but you ask owner before that just in case. In case that you choose apartment for your holiday on Hvar or some other type of accommodation you wont regret to stay on Hvar - one of the most beautiful tourist destination in all world.

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    Geology and fauna

    Hvar island grey rocksHvar (68 km long), after Cres the longest Adriatic island, is also the fourth largest in area (300 sq. m). The longitudinal road which links the town of Hvar with Sućurje at the eastern end of the island is 84 km long. The high plateau between St. Nicholas hill (626 m) and Hum (603 m) which extends from Sv. Nedjelja to Jelsa and is partly under pine woods and partly under arable land is marked by distinctive beauty and a fresh climate. The flat part of the island between Stari Grad, Vrboska and Jelsa is under vineyards which produce up to 50,000 hectoliters of wine per year.

    Milna bay viewed from the hillThe mountain chain running along the middle of the island divides it into north and south, with outstanding peaks such as: Cernica, Hum, Gvozd and Sveti Nikola (626m). The Samotorac valley around the spring of the Pitavski potok (a stream) and the Vratnik canyon are interesting beauty spots which have become accessible by the cutting of a tunnel near Zavala. The flooded valley of the Bay of Stari Grad and Ravnice extends from the ridge peninsula on the northern side of the western part (Kabal, 125m) and the main mountain-range. The layers of sand and loess are now under the sea.

    The outer shapes of Hvar are formed by its geological structure: the island is an anticline bent towards the south, composed of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, and it is discontinuous in its relief towards Paklinski (Pakleni) otoci and Šćedro. Geological reconstruction shows that the sea level during the last glacial period (Wurm) was 96.4 m lower than it is nowadays, which means that Hvar was originally a mountain on the mainland (722m). Storms and dry, cold winds blew loess from what today is Hvar Channel unto Stari Grad Plain, which is today undergoing a swift process of erosion. On the edge of this plain, are the three main island bays and villages. This is the most fertile of all Adriatic plains.

    Lavender plants of island Hvar Aloe cactus plant Hvar Hvar cactus with flower

    Hvar is less well known for its stone than the neighbouring is lands of Brač and Korčula, or Trogir on the mainland. However, the so-called "Greek Cave" near Mikićevica where one can see traces of an ancient quarry, some well-known stone artefacts, the writings of travel writers who saw Hvar as "a town of marble", and a series of well-known names of stonemasons (not to mention some of the best Croatian modern sculptors) -all point to an almost forgotten tradition of the production of stone. There are records indicating that white limestone was exported to Berlin for the parliament building, government buildings and the palaces of the federal council.

    The island is covered by Holm oak (Orno-Quercetum ilicis), Aleppo pines (Pinus halapensis Mill.) and Black pines (Pinus nigra dalmatica). The islet of Šćedro is especially rich in various Mediterranean trees and plants. The deciduous oriental hornbeam (Carpinetum orientalis croaticum) appears on higher hills (around 400m). The island was practically bare for centuries due to the use of pine for torches while fishing. (4 cubic metres of pine tree per one light were used in every fishing expedition).

    Wine, lavender and honey have long been the main peasants' produce in Hvar. Wine from Hvar and other Dalmatian areas were successfully exported to France and then Hungary from 1870 until 1894, when phylloxera devastated the majority of Dalmatian vineyards. Then, in the first decades of the 20th century large numbers of islanders emigrated to North and South America. People from Hvar became the pioneers of wine growing in California and still participate a great deal in the production of wine there.

    In the 1880s the total production of rosemary oil on the island amounted to 20,000 kg. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was exported to Trieste and then bought by perfume factories in England, France, and Germany. The rosemary is gathered on sunny days, usually from June to the middle of August, or sometimes even the end of September. It is gathered from each area on a three-year rotational basis. Only the dry leaf is distilled, not the whole plant as in Spain.

    Goat from Hvar island look at camaraThe waters around Hvar, especially in the area from Pakleni otoci to Lukavac and eastwards from Šćedro towards Pelješac, have been known from oldest times for their rich concentration of pilchard and other oily fish. From the point of view of natural science and zoology Hvar is one of the best studied islands in the Adriatic. The most important researcher was Grgur Bučić (1829-1911) who was in touch with the best European natural scientists of his time. Many examples of marine life were discovered and studied by him. He studied worms, insects Orthoptera, and was a pioneer in the artificial insemination of sponges.

    In 1991 the Island of Hvar signed the Declaration of the Central Dalmatian Islands - an Eco-clean Zone.

    Climate

    Hvar island palm trees with sea in the backgroundThe island of Hvar is characterised by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine. Gentle and moist winters (January Hvar has an average temperature of 8.4° C) have many advantages, long other things enabling winter tourism in Hvar.

    Maximum temperatures are never too high to render agriculture impossible (the highest recorded temperature of 37°C was reached in 1935). The average annual air temperature is around 16.5° C, while autumns are warmer than springs, which prolongs the growing period. Hvar has an annual average of 7.7 hours sunshine per day and 3.8 hours of cloud. (By comparison Dubrovnik has 7.0 hours of sun shine and 4.4 hours of cloud; Nice /South of France/ 7.2 and 4.2 respectively).

    Hvar island sunset with warm coloursA general belief in the health-giving effects of sunny regions led to the discovery of this "Adriatic Madeira" as early as the 19th century. It has the most hours of sunshine on the Adriatic coast, with as much as 2715 per year, and only small variations in temperature. "The Hygienic Society" was founded in 1868, and the first health hotel was opened in 1889, while The Centre for Allergies of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1965. Due to its climate, Hvar has a long tradition in health tourism and tourism in general.

     

    Where is Hvar

    Length: 68 km
    Width: 10,5 km
    Surface: 299,7 km2
    Length of the coast: 254,2 km
    The highest peak: 628 m (St. Nicolas)

    Hvar island view with the sun setting downHvar belongs to the central island group of the Adriatic sea and lies in an east-west direction at right angles to the coast. These islands together are called "The Hvar Group". The eastern promontory of Hvar is only 4.5 km away from the mainland, while the western one faces the open sea. It is the longest of the Adriatic islands.

    "Lower Hvar", the western part, is called the "head of the island", as its main area. Plume - the eastern part - gets narrower towards "the top". Hvar (68 km long), is also the fourth largest in area (300 sq. m). The longitudinal road which links the town of Hvar with Sućurje at the eastern end of the island is 84 km long. The high plateau between St. Nicholas hill (626 m) and Hum (603 m) which extends from Sv. Nedjelja to Jelsa and is partly under pine woods and partly under arable land is marked by distinctive beauty and a fresh climate. The flat part of the island between Stari Grad, Vrboska and Jelsa is under vineyards which produce up to 50,000 hectoliters of wine per year.

     

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