Hvar is one of the Dalmatian Islands, an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea that is located off the coast of mainland Croatia. The Dalmation Islands are part of the Croatian region of Dalmatia


10,600 people live on Hvar, which has an area of 116 square miles (300 square kilometers).


The largest city is Hvar City.


Tourism makes an important contribution to Hvar's economy.


The island's mild Mediterranean climate brings many tourists to Hvar.


Sunbathing on Hvar's beautiful beaches is a popular pastime.


Fishing, olive growing and viticulture are also important industries.


Hvar has a long, rich history.


Grapceva Cave (Grapčeva špilja), near the town of Jelsa, was used by Neolithic peoples some time between 5000 and 4000 BC.


Greeks who came to Hvar founded the town of Pharos, the first settlement in Croatia 384 BC. Pharos is now part of the town of Stari Grad. Visitors to Stari Grad can see the ruins of the ancient town.


Many fascinating historical sites are located in Hvar City. These include an arsenal that was built in the 1200s and a 15th Franciscan century monastery. The fortress was built in the 1600s, as was the Benedictine convent. The arsenal contains a theater that was built in 1612.


The 15th century clock tower in Hvar City was once part of the Governor's Palace.


Other historical attractions on the island of Hvar include the Church of St. John in Jelsa, built in the 15th century,the fortified Church of St. Mary in Vrboska, which was built in the 16th century, and the 17th century Church of St. Anthony in Sućuraj.


The nightlife in Hvar City is world famous. Visitors as well as local residents are drawn to Hvar City's many cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs.


Outdoor enthusiasts who visit the island can enjoy sailing, parasailing, kayaking, hiking and rock climbing.