- Island Hvar


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Island Hvar -a complete accommodation and travel guide with essential holiday information. Island Hvar is the closest Croatia comes to Canes-at least as far as its nameseke capital is concerned. In fact, a cut-price Canes would nat be a bea analogy, althrough Hvar wont be cut-price for much longer. Everyone wants a piece of the action in the sunniest and most happening of the Adriatic islands. Its hub is Hvar town harbour. In high season Roman Abramovich parks his yacht, film stars get the best tables on the Vip terrace at waterside nightspot Carpe Diem, and this pretty, petite Venetian capital of 3000 locals overflows with 30000 visitors every day. They swarm the atractive waterfront and adjoining main square, known as Pjaca, doing coffe, the nearby market and modest selection of sights by morning, the beach by day and bars by night. The brights lights of the Hvar town on the southwesttip overshadow the rest of the lavander-covered island, extending east in a thin strip for 60km(37 miles) as far as the isolated port of Sucuraj-but this, too, will change. Between Hvar town and Jelsa, Stari Grad is the point of entery for car ferries from Split. It was here that Greeks from Paros settled in 385 BC and named it Pharos. The Croatian tribewho later congregated here bastardised the name as Hvar. Each of the main settlements has its own modest beach. As traffic is barred from the centre of Hvar town, car ferries arrive at Stari Grad, 16 Km (10 miles) to the east. The quickest way to get to Hvar town from Split is by Jadrolinija hydrofoil. Inernational services from Ancona, Bari and Pescara on the Italian coast also call at Stari Grad, operated by three companies of Jadrolinija, Sem Marina and Snav. Hvar island is poorly serviced by local buses.

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