The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature. Through the centuries, an oasis of culture has remained here, a testimony to the identity.
There are wine and olives, so a guest wishing to get closer to nature will stop at a small inn (“konoba”) rather than a top quality restaurant. He will taste real home-made wine instead of some famous sparkling wine, he will sing the old island songs and forget the monotony of the everyday routine. Hvar has celebrated 140 years of organised tourism, and today it is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.
Legends of Hvar
Hvar is an island with lots of legends. The most famous legend of all is the legend of Henry VIII and the Tudors of Milna and Malo Grablje. It is believed that an illegitimate son of Henry VIII was shipwrecked off Milna, where he found a beautiful Hvar maiden washing her clothes by the water. Of course, they’ve fallen in love. Together, they’ve found the village of Malo Grablje and have started the Hvar Tudor dynasty, which explains why such a non-Croatian surname is so prominent in this part of Hvar. Another popular legend is the legend about the boy who started grewing lavander to win the girl he was in love with, and it’s believed that this is the origin of lavander on the Hvar.