Attractions

Fortress in Hvar Town

Fortica

Looming high above the town and lit with a golden glow at night, this medieval castle occupies the site of an ancient Illyrian settlement dating from before 500BC. The views looking down over Hvar and the Pakleni Is…
Monastery in Hvar Town

Franciscan Monastery

Overlooking a shady cove, this 15th-century monastery has an elegant bell tower, built in the 16th century by a well-known family of stonemasons from Korčula. Its Renaissance cloister leads to a refectory containing…
Square in Hvar Town

St Stephen’s Square

Stretching from the harbour to the cathedral, this impressive rectangular square was formed by filling in an inlet which once reached out from the bay. At 4500 sq metres, it’s one of the largest old squares in Dalma…
Cathedral in Hvar Town

St Stephen's Cathedral

Providing a grand backdrop to the main square, this baroque cathedral was built in the 16th and 17th centuries at the height of the Dalmatian Renaissance to replace one destroyed by the Turks. Parts of the older bui…
Museum in Hvar Town

Episcopal Museum

Adjoining the cathedral, this treasury houses silver vessels, embroidered liturgical robes, numerous Madonnas, a 13th-century icon, an elaborately carved sarcophagus and, intriguingly, a stamp collection. A highligh…
Historic Building in Hvar Town

Arsenal

Mentioned in Venetian documents as ‘the most beautiful and the most useful building in the whole of Dalmatia’, the Arsenal once served as a repair and refitting station for war galleons. Its present incarnation was …
Convent in Hvar Town

Benedictine Convent

Playwright and poet Hanibal Lucić was born here in 1485, but this stone town house has been home to a community of Benedictine nuns since 1664. Over the centuries the nuns have perfected the art of lacemaking, pains…