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 See & Do In Stari Grad
Hike Up To Glavica Hill
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.
Stroll Through The Stari Grad Plain
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.