After leaving Brac island, we moved on to Hvar. Hvar is located between Brac and Korcula islands. It’s about 68kms long but is quite narrow. The island is known for the lavender fields. In fact, its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields, making for beautiful scenery (and quite different from the two previous island terrain). The two main towns on the island are Stari Grad and Hvar.
We opted to stay in Stari Grad and make day trips from there. The first day we arrived, we ventured out (after getting poured on en route from the ferry) to explore some nearby side roads. We lucked out in finding a road that lead to an old military tunnel site. There is lots of evidence of the military history on the Dalmatian coast. On other islands, we would often see submarine hideouts in little inlets.
On our second day on Hvar, we headed down to the port of Hvar via the “old highway” – a road that climbs up over a hill range and is quiet due to a more direct/newer road developed with tunnel through the hill. What a treat – this road was one of my favorite paved roads that we experienced on our trip.