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The Island of Hvar, the longest Adriatic island, is situated to the south of Brac. Its vineyards, olive groves and lavender are sustained by numerous springs, the whole surrounded by a translucent cobalt sea. It holds the record for the number of sunny days per year but there is shade for those who prefer it. A lot could be said about the cultural traditions on Hvar. The oldest relief of a ship in Europe was found here. The oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612, on one of the largest Renaissance squares. There is also the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, rich treasury and many paintings by old masters. Several late Gothic buildings have been preserved on one of the largest squares, the most prominent among them being the unfinished palace of the Renaissance poet Petar Hektorovic. The clock tower of the Count's court and a beautiful 16th century Renaissance lodge beside it have been preserved.
Stari Grad (Old Town) on Hvar was founded in 385 BC, as the Greek colony Pharos. It is situated at the deepest end of the 6 km long bay. You can see the remains of the Greek fortifications and the fortified castle of the Renaissance poet Petar Hektorovic, with its pond and arcades. Vrboska lies at the deepest end of a protected bay. The rows of stone houses along both coasts create a harmonious architectural whole. These houses are linked by a series of bridges. There is also an imposing 16th century fortified church. Vrboska is the home of the unique Fishing Museum. Hvar is without doubt an exceptional island, both in sumrner and winter. Due to its mild winter climate and rich subtropical vegetation, it has also been called the Croatian Madeira.
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