Stari Grad

Stari Grad is not only the oldest city on the island of Hvar but also the oldest Croatian city.

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Stari Grad is not only the oldest city on the island of Hvar but also the oldest Croatian city. It is situated in a deep protected bay on the northwestern side of the island. More than 2400 years old it is a must-visit harbour for those sailing the Adriatic. Which ever path you choose to take to roam the narrow streets of Stari Grad, you will feel tranquility that only a sense of ancient times can provide. That is the reason why this city keeps fascinating its visitors with the most beautiful of sites, such as the Dominican Monastery from the 15th century, the parish Church of St Stephen, and Petar Hektorović’s Tvrdalj Castle (summer residence of the famous Croatian Renaissance poet). Tvrdalj Castle, with its fishpool and dovecote, is the most famous historic building in Stari Grad, where the poet created his own microcosm – a small secluded place where all God’s creations can live in harmony: fish, birds, plants, and people. Once you’ve finished your historical walk through the city, you can enjoy splendid gastronomy and treat your palate to authentic specialities like ‘starogrojski’ paprenjak (gingerbread), sweet made of lavender paired with a glass of distinguished wine from the plains of Stari Grad. The Stari Grad Plain, along with the Stari Grad city center, was enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008 due to its best preserved land parcel system on the Mediterranean.