Seeing All the Sights of Hvar Town While Sailing Croatia
The largest settlement on Hvar Island, and one with a rich and distinguished history to its name, Hvar Town is not short of attractions to see. Alongside being a centre of nightlife in the region, Hvar is packed with historic monuments that are perfect for whiling away an afternoon while sailing Croatia.
St Stephen’s Square and Cathedral
St Stephen’s Square is the central feature of Hvar Town and, at 4500 metres squared, is the largest not just on the island but the whole of Dalmatia. First developed in the 13th century, today the square boasts a mix of old and new, with many of the ancient ‘palazzi’ now fashionable eateries. The most impressive building on the square, however, has to be the Cathedral of St Stephen. Built during the 16th and 17th centuries, the cathedral’s bell tower rises four storeys, while its church still features choir stalls and monuments that far predate the cathedral itself.
Hvar’s Fortica, also known as the Spanish ‘Spanjola’ Fortress, overlooks the entire town and, as a result, offers the best views around and is well worth the 15 minute uphill trek. Built on the site of a medieval castle, the fort was strengthened first by the Venetians in 1557 and then by the Austrians in the 19th century. Today, it perches protectively above the town and, while it may no longer function as a fortress, it has a lovely little cafe on its roof which is perfect for taking in the views!
Franciscan Monastery and Museum
A short stroll along the seafront will bring visitors to the tranquil setting of the Franciscan Monastery. Built as a sailor’s retreat in the 15th century, it overlooks calm waters and barely a sound can be heard once within its walls. The bulk of the monastery is now dedicated to its museum, which offers visitors a glimpse of historic artefacts and old Venetian paintings, including the magnificent painting of