9. The Best of Hvar in 1-Day with Local Dinner
Once you have been picked up from Hvar, this small-group tour begins at the French Fortress built by Napoleon’s troops, on St. Nicholas Hill, the Spanish Fortress, Pakleni and Vis islands. Continue driving through the green island of Hvar, passing through Brusje, where you'll be able to walk through the Lavender fields, (seasonal options June). Arrive at the port of Stari Grad, where the old roads are paved with amazing views. Then you'll approach the fascinating town of Stari Grad, once known as Pharia and Pharos, the Island’s capital. Continuing through the stone streets along the new Riva, and visit the fortress “Tvrdalj”, once belonging to the poet Petar Hektorović. He is known for his work named, “Fishing and talk with fisherman, and is the first realistic poem in Croatian literature. Hektorović dedicated all his life to his fortress, and still boasts the original fish pond. He always wrote: “I must go back there, for it is calling me home”. Continue through the well known UNESCO protected areas (vineyards and olives), to a small charming town Vrbovska, also called “Little Venice”. This town in Hvar is named after the many small stone bridges connecting the town over its narrow winding canal and the splendid St. Mary of Mercy fortress - church. Your next stop is for a wine tasting at one of the best vineyards on the island. Here you will have a guided wine tasting tour at one of the best wineries on the island. On the way back, you will enjoy the charming authentic Dalmatian lunch/dinner ("Pašticada" or "Gregada") in an authentic village.