Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic, with its vineyards, olive groves and fields
of lavender is equally exceptional in summer as it is in winter. It has the greatest
number of sunny days per year, and because of its mild climate and lush subtropic
vegetation it is often reffered to as the Croatian Madeira.
At the end of the long inlet, in the central part of the northern coast of the island of
Hvar, surrounded by pine woods lies the town of Vrboska. The "S" shaped inlet,
by its interior part is a natural pier for boats and is a safe port known as early as the
Founded in the 15th c. its houses bear traits of typical rural architecture. Stone houses
along both shores of the inlet connected by small bridges form a harmonious architectural
whole, that is interrupted by a few Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses of the local
nobility. The church-fortress of St. Mary (1580) rises in the center of the town and is a
rare monument of its kind in Dalmatia. The church of St. Lawrence from 1571 keeps
invaluable paintings of great masters such as Tizian Aspetti, Paolo Veronese and Jacopo
Bassano. The town also has a Fishing Museum whose collection speaks of the long fishing
tradition of its inhabitants.
Vrboska attracts a great number of tourists by a rich gastronomic offer and various sports
activities and entertainment, as well as by its program of summer performances.
Tourist Association of the Municipality of Jelsa