Hvar, the island in the Adriatic Sea, is a part of the central Dalmatian archipelago, lying between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. It is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island and one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Expansive fields of lavender, copious olive groves and lush vineyards meet the eye when you step off the boat on the island of Hvar. The city of Hvar was founded by the ancient Greeks as Pharos, it later went on to become a critical base in the Adriatic for subsequent rulers – from the Venetians to the Ottomans to Napoleon and the Austrians. Nestled on a rocky coastline and surrounded by rolling hills of lavender and grapes, Hvar has become a premier tourist destination on the Adriatic. Walk through the historic Stari Grad (Old Town) of Hvar and step into another world of Venetian loggias, old world clock towers and cobble-stoned streets. For a taste of provincial Dalmatia, drive a short distance to a local konoba for a home-cooked meal and wine from the backyard. Stroll down the sandy beaches at Jelsa or take a short hop across the water to the grotto at Vis, the artists community at Brač, or the Pakleni Islands.