An Island Too Hvar? – The Sunshine Island

Hiking, cycling, kayaking or climbing – the choice is yours, and once you have made your choice, discover the island of Hvar with the &Adventure team as many locals have never seen it.

Cyclists are in dreamland on Hvar. Cycling routes include through the fabled olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields (in season) which have contributed to the livelihoods of generations of locals, and whose produce today makes a vital contribution to the healthy Hvar Mediterranean diet, which was recognised by UNESCO in 2014. UNESCO is a constant theme on your cycle trails through the island, its centrepiece the magnificent Stari Grad Plain, an 80-hectare agricultural colony founded by the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC, and today one of Croatia’s seven World Heritage Sites. As you cycle through the plain and nearby Stari Grad town, breathe in the history of a settlement which will this year celebrate its 2400th birthday. And no cycle would be complete without a winery stop to sample the island’s indigenous varieties which are now exported as far away as California and China.

Hvar is of course a hiking paradise. With all that natural beauty which sees itself listed as one of the world’s ten most beautiful islands, there are plenty of natural and historical treasures to discover, many VERY off the beaten path. Discover, for example, what is probably one of the ten oldest olive trees in the world, dating back to 500 years before Christ, in faraway Zastrazisce. Or hike through the idyllic eco village of Humac to experience the Neanderthal age in the spectacular Grapceva Cave. And let’s not forget our Greek heritage off the beaten path, perhaps with a hike from Jelsa to the tower of Tor, offering fabulous views of Jelsa and surrounding area, views that have not changed that much since the Greeks first settled there.

Rock climbing enthusiasts have plenty to salivate over too, from the spectacular waterfront sheer faces of Sveta Nedjelja to the south and Velika Stiniva to the north. But for the VERY best views of Hvar Town, join us on a special climb to see the town as almost nobody ever has.

An island of course is dominated by the sea, and while we offer many sailing trips, the best way to get acquainted with Hvar’s true hidden spots is by sea kayak, exploring both the magical Pakleni Islands, and the hidden coves of the island itself. With our expert local guides, you will explore a Hvar unknown to most locals.

Explore the road less travelled on Hvar. The only decision you have to make is will it be on foot, bike or kayak. For more details on our Hvar programmes, click here .