Stari Grad is a picturesque little town in the north of the island if Hvar and it’s the second largest town there, after Hvar Town. If you’re looking for a quaint little place away from the humdrum of your everyday life, then Stari Grad will fit your bill perfectly. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and treat yourself to wonderful meals at local konoba’s every evening and spend your days basking in the sun on beautiful local beaches.
Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe and it was founded somewhere around 3,000 BC! This 5,000-year old town has been built and rebuilt numerous times in history but it never moved from its protected position at the very end of a long bay. In recent history, much of the population left, what because of diseases that destroyed the vineyards and the general hardships of a life on an island. Today, the town is slowly rebuilding itself and becoming a popular tourist destination.Things to do in Stari Grad
Glavica Hill is an elevation overlooking Stari Grad. It is easily accessible from the main road and it shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes to hike up there. The hike itself is undemanding and the view from the top is really something – a panoramic view of Stari Grad stretching below.
You can also view parts of Hvar as well as nearby islands and the mainland. If you’re religious you’ll be happy to see a small Catholic chapel up there where local leave offerings and pray to the patron saint.
Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO Heritage site and a protected locality on the island. Basically, it is an agricultural plain that was set up 3,000 thousand years ago by the Greek colonists. What’s fascinating about it is that it’s still pretty much the same as it was back then, even though locals work the fields to this day.
The walls and stone shelters are regularly repaired and restored, as well as thousands of years old water system that was built there. Visit the Plain and marvel at the ingenuity of the early Greek colonists and the wisdom of locals who have been able to preserve it for 25 centuries.