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The island of Hvar has been populated for over 5,000 years and some of the main historic sites here stem from the Greek, Roman and Venetian colonisations. The Greeks developed the inland Stari Grad Plain and made it a fertile agricultural landscape, where the structure of it has been more or less preserved to this day. Protected as a UNESCO Heritage Site, the plains are still used to grow grapes and olives. While this is definitely a great place to visit, especially for wine-lovers, the life on the island really evolves around the coastal areas. In the eponymously named capital of Hvar, you can still see the remnants of the Venetians, who, from the 13th century onward, turned the city into an important port in their empire and a safe harbour for their extensive fleet. The Venetians fortified the city to protect it from marauders, and today the walls and fortress are still key features in the urban landscape. Climb the steep hill that rise above the city, until you reach the old Spanjola Fortress. The walls and towers offer panoramic views of the red-tiled buildings below and the many small islands that are scattered around Hvar. Descending the hill via the narrow path, you can stroll around the scenic streets of the city. The tightly-packed rows of houses open up on the St Stephen Square, where the bell tower of the old cathedral rises above the grey cobbled streets. Cafés and restaurants populate the charming square and all of these are great places to grab a light lunch before continuing your exploration of the island. Next to the square you’ll find the romantic, old harbour. From here you can go on daytrip to the nearby Paklini Islands either by tour boat or, if you fancy it, by renting your own boat. The islands are part of the larger Croatian archipelago in the Adriatic Sea and each of them are like tiny pieces of paradise that are perfect for a day of hiking or a romantic picnic on an isolated beach. Returning to the island of Hvar, you can while away the evening in a restaurant that overlooks the sea. For locals there is no bigger passion than seafood, and when you taste a char-grilled fish prepared by one of the local chefs, you’ll know exactly why.
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
Spending an extended weekend in Iceland means making sure you pack in all the things worth seeing and doing here. Don't fret, though, we've kindly compiled a useful list that you are free to follow to make sure you get the full experience of this wonderful Viking island.
Whether you are staying on the mainland, or even on one of the many islands themselves, you can easily travel to and between some of the more remote islands that will give you a glimpse of a more serene part of the Mediterranean, away from the tourists and the developed seafronts.