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Otok Hvar

Otok Hvar



Hvar (68 km long) is a part of the central Dalmatian archipelago and is located in an east-west direction, perpendicular to the coast. These islands are so called "Group of Hvar.
The island of Hvar is known since ancient times for its strategic position and water. It was settled in the fourth century BC. BC by Greeks from Paros (Paros or just Hvar Pharos lighthouse). It was later occupied by Romans, Slavs and Venetians, whose influence is still visible.
The situation of the island is such that it is practically on all routes of the Adriatic sea.
In the middle of the island of Hvar, a vast mountainous ranges, with the summit of Saint Nicolas (628 meters) north is the fertile Velo Polje plain. The north coast of the island, with the large bay of Stari Grad and with a string of bays, is much more diverse than the south coast and provides good anchorage for yachts.
The island of Hvar is famous for its pleasant Mediterranean climate.

The main places (all on the coast of the island) are: the town of Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa and Sucuraj Vrboska.

The offshore islands of Hvar, the Plakeni and O. Scedro, have also nice anchorages.

Hvar (68 km de long) est une partie de l'archipel de Dalmatie centrale et se trouve dans une direction est-ouest, perpendiculairement à la côte. Ces îles sont ainsi appelés "Le Groupe de Hvar".

L'île de Hvar est connue dès l'Antiquité de par sa position stratégique et nautique. Elle fut colonisée au IVème siècle av. JC par les Grecs de Paros (Hvar vient de Paros ou Pharos, phare). Elle fut ensuite occupée par les Romains, les Slaves et les Vénitiens, dont l'influence est encore visible.

La situation de l' île est telle qu'elle se trouve pratiquement sur toutes les routes marines de l'Adriatique. 

Au milieu de l' île de Hvar, une partie montagneuse vaste s'étend, avec le sommet de Saint Nicolas (628 mètres) ; au nord se trouve la plaine fertile Velo Polje. La côte nord de l' île, avec la grande baie de Stari Grad et avec un chapelet de baies, est beaucoup plus diversifié que la côte sud et offre de bons mouillages aux bateaux de plaisance.

L'île de Hvar est célèbre pour son agréable climat méditerranéen.

Les principaux lieux (tous sur la côte de l'île) sont: la ville de Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Sucuraj et Vrboska.

Les îles au large de Hvar, les Plakeni et O. Scedro, ont de jolis mouillages.

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Starogradski Zaljev Hvar

Starogradski is a large deep bay, open to the NW, which houses the city and the port of Stari Grad on its SE end.
There are several bays, including its N side, where it is possible to anchor. On the other side there is an anchor in front Gradisce.
31 May 11

Otoci Pakleni

Plakeni islands, or Cursed Islands, are located at the W and S of Hvar town.

The islands are rocky, covered with bushes and trees. They are usually deserted, except in summer.
They offer many choices of moorings sheltered and there is a marina Palmizana.The islands'name ...
26 May 11

Otok Scedro Hvar

Otok Scedro lies 3 miles E of Hridi Lukavci.
It is 2,7 km off the S coast of island of Hvar.The inhabited island is elevated at each end and slopes towards the sea in the middle. Its coastline includes many coves where you can get wet. The two most popular are Uvala Uvala Lovisce ...
25 May 11

Uvala Vela Luka Korcula

Zaljev Vela Luka is a large bay on the E O. Korcula. Many coves occupy the bay. At the bottom of it is the port of Vela Luka, an active and well sheltered.
Easily identifiable by day or night, you can enter this great bay in all weather.
Dangers in the general approach are the ...
21 May 11

Pakleni Kanal

Pakleni Kanal lies between Pakleni Otoci and Otok Hvar.
It is a deep and wide channel, with access at both ends, which leads to Luka Hvar.
This channel is frequented by small vessels with local knowledge and affords good shelter from the bora, although heavy squalls may be encountered.
The ...
30 May 11

Uvala Mala Stiniva Hvar

Mala Stiniva Bay is famous for its picturesque cliffs which fall sheer into the sea is composed of two coves separated by a rock.
We anchored for a lunch stop in this beautiful setting.
2 Jun 11

Luka Jelsa Hvar

Jelsa is a small town situated on the north and south coast in the middle part of the island of Hvar.
On the north coast there is 21 mooring, and on the south coast there is 33 mooring. The port is adequate for cruisers up do 52 meters, and sailboats up to 30 meters in length. Jelsa ...
25 Jun 19

Otok Ciovo

Ciovo is an island in the center of the Dalmatian archipelago. This is an area of 28.8 acres (15.3 km length, width of 3.5 km). It culminates at 218 m (Mount Rudin).
O. Ciovo forms the SW side of the entrance and inner part of Kastelanski Zaliv.
At East side, Ciovo is 2km from ...
7 Aug 11

Luka Pitavska Plaza Zavala Hvar

Pitavska Plaza is the small harbour of Zavala, located en front O. Scedro. There is a pebble beach with a short pier and dock.
The harbor is sheltered from all winds except south-westerly winds. Small boats may remain along the inside of the breakwater (depth 26 m).
You can ...
2 Jun 11

Uvala Vela Stiniva Hvar

Around 5 NM E of Jelsa is the spectacular inlet of Vela Stiniva. This high sided bay measures approximately 100 metres in width and runs about 300 metres south between towering cliffs. At its south end is a narrow pebble beach, which is clean and usually quite. In front of this on ...
2 Jun 11

Svjetionik Zecevo Hvar

Coming from N or E, the lighthouse located NE of O. Zecevo identifies the island.
1 Jun 11

Otocic Zecevo Hvar

Otocic Zecevo, 12m high, lies in the fairway Hvarski, 2.7 miles W of the entrance to Luka Senj. This small islet is bare and steep-to, except at its W side.
1 Jun 11
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19 Aug 11

Adriatic East

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30 Jul 11

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