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The town of Hvar is the largest settlement on the island of Hvar.
The access to Hvar implies the point from which we have reached it. From the
sea, we get the sight of a waterfront promenade strip bordered with a row of
palm trees and seven centuries old walls, overtopped by the fortresses
protecting Hvar, extending downwards to the town and to the Venetian loggia.
Coming from the central part of the island or using the road from the ferry
harbour we arrive at the magnificent Piazza, a square generally considered the
most beautiful of the kind in Dalmatia, dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral
and bordered by the palaces of Groda and by the cascading stone-built houses
of Burag. But, no matter from which point this town is approached, Hvar
straightway presents itself as a monument. Centuries have ground its stone,
epochs, above all renaissance, have shaped its appearance. Monuments within
monuments, monuments on monuments. Hvar is a jewel hidden by the time.
Hvar, the cradle of Croatian tourism, was celebrating in year 2012- 140th
anniversary of tourism. Hvar geographic position, its favourable climate, clear
sea and rich culture heritage favoured the development of the organized tourism
in the distant 1868, when the «Health Society»was founded. The society was
stimulating and going in step with tourism development. It was opening the gate
to make it the most important branch of the town economy and bringing Hvar to
the fame of a world wide known tourist destination visited by most demanding and
famous visitors from all over the world.