The Country of a Thousand Islands


Hvar Island in Croatia

The island is promoted as one of the sunniest spots in Europe and has beautiful beaches and vegetation, making it a very popular tourist destination. The main tourist center is in the town of Hvar, where the port is usually filled with large yachts and the nightclubs are bursting with cavorting tourists.

Hvar has a rich and exciting history, starting with Neolithic tribes, who were the first inhabitants from approximately 3500-2500 BC. The island was colonized in the 4th century by the Greeks, in the middle ages by Slavic tribes, and by the Republic of Venice in the 12 century. Over the last millennium, it fell under the rule of the Byzantine empire, the Hungarians, Austrians, and French before the Republic of Croatia was recognized in 1992 - in which Hvar obtained a position in its territorial reorganization.

The several other popular tourist destinations on the islands are the towns of Stari Grad, Jelsa, and Sucuraj. Many tourists choose to visit the island of Hvar by crossing over from Split on a car ferry that docks in Stari Grad. Sucuraj was first inhabited over 2300 years ago, making this tiny picturesque village a favorite tourist destination.



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