entering the port of Stari Grad

On these cold days, I’m wont to think of sunshine, beaches, ancient Greco-Roman villages, and beer. Which is why I’m back pondering my time on the Sail Croatia tour I had the pleasure of taking last summer, with a strong recommendation for everyone looking for something to do this coming season of heat and sweat.

I previously talking about our trip from the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace city of Split, to the pirate capital of the Adriatic Omis, and the easy cave party city of Makarska. The next stop for our boat was Stari Grad, the first real touch of the ancient maritime life of the Greeks and Romans, and where you can still feel the lingering spirit of the ancients even as the tourism pours down onto the Dalmation coast.

the peaceful port

Stari Grad, which simply means “Old Town” in Croatian, is on the largest island of Hvar. It’s one of Hvar’s primary tourism centers. If your idea is to quietly relax in an old town, wandering through an endless labyrinth of cobblestones, and sipping lavender champagne while listening to the waves lap against the wharfs, then Stari Grad is the city to go to and stay.

how about a random 7th cent. church?

Likewise, if you’d prefer the noise and glamour of all night parties, just across the island is the town of Hvar, much better situated for that. However, you can stay in Hvar to party and easily bicycle over to Stari Grad, passing through endless fields of lavender and olives, and fit both in on your itinerary.