Croatia Sailing Break in Stari Grad
Stari Grad, which quite literally translates as ‘Old Town’, is a small town nestled on the northern reaches of the popular Croatian island of Hvar. The town is renowned not just for being the oldest town in Croatia but also for being one of the oldest in Europe and it is this honour that draws visitors in their throngs.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, first settled in 384 BC and sitting within the Stari Grad Plain, Stari Grad has remained largely preserved in its original form, making its streets and buildings a wonder to wander through. Particularly impressive are the Old Town Walls and Tvrdalj Castle, home of Renaissance poet Petar Hektorovic.
However, there is a lot more to Stari Grad than just its history. Music in particular plays a large role in the town’s culture and character. Long established groups and traditions include the Croatian Town Music Society, Theatre Petar Hekrtorovic and the traditional Faros Kantaduri. Throughout the summer months visitors and locals are treated to an array of events, from concerts to language workshops and archaeological restorations.
The town of Stari Grad is beautiful and, built around a sheltered cove, so too is its waterscape. Its calm, safe waters make Stari Grad harbour a stop not to be missed on any Croatia sailing tour and, lined with picturesque stone houses and traditional eateries and bars, there are many idyllic spots where you can enjoy both the view and the vino! The waters also provide the location for the annual Faros Marathon, the Croatian long distance swimming championship that draws top swimmers from across the globe.