Hvar Cruises, Croatia
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Historical Hvar is best explored on foot. On this tour an expert guide will walk you through the city’s narrow, monument-packed streets. First off, you’ll drop by the 15th-century Franciscan monastery. Renaissance cloisters and a painting-lined church are among the showstoppers here. The refectory is also worth a look – it’s filled with curling manuscripts and nautical charts. Next up is St Stephen’s Cathedral, which towers over Hvar’s town square. The Venetians have left their mark on this place, so you can expect a tall bell tower and a red-tiled roof. Next up is the Arsenal, where Europe’s oldest community theatre was founded in 1612. The tour will finish up at the Benedictine monastery. For the last century, lace has been a Hvar speciality – there’s a display here that’s been woven by the nuns from locally-collected agave leaves.
Find your sea legs kayaking and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. From Hvar Town, you’ll set sail for the Pakleni Islands, a cluster of emerald squiggles off the south west coast of Hvar. Here you’ll start your sea kayaking adventure following a quick briefing from an expert guide. Paddle past sandy coves and pine-backed beaches during your tour of the small islands, before diving in to swim and snorkel. After you’ve cooled off and explored the underwater world, it’ll be time to resurface and head back to port.
As well as wine tasting in Vrisnik and a walking tour of Stari Grad, this tour ticks off a couple of Hvar’s most scenic drives. The route to Stari Grad traces the serpentine coast and mountainous country roads. You might even get a glimpse of the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain – a huge field that’s been farmed continuously since Ancient Greek times. The harbour town of Stari Grad is our endpoint. It’s famous for its long, skinny bay and red-roofed houses. Highlights of the hour-long walking tour include the turreted Dominican monastery. Pinjata is our next stop – a stone village tucked away in the hills. You’ll get the chance to sip full-bodied local wines concocted in the surrounding vineyards of Vrboska and Jelsa before heading back to Hvar Town.