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Why visting Hvar in the winter?

Why visting Hvar in the winter?

Visiting Hvar in the winter is quite a unique experience. It has always been at the crossroads of civilizations which shaped it and enriched it with their differences. Get to know Hvar, Zavala and their people in their real life and environment. And life here is not more expensive than in your town, however, it is certainly different and can give you a lot of enjoyment and an unforgettable experience.

ZAVALA 222 Apartments can be your island home, and we are at your disposal for a short or a long stay, as well as for any questions and assistance in helping organize your transportation and accommodation. See you in Zavala.

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People & cuisine

People & couisine on Hvar

The true value are its people & cuisine on Hvar. Dalmatians are known for their friendly behavior, relaxed attitude and hospitality. There is virtually no crime on the island.

The typical island food is natural and fresh and prepared in the simple healthy Dalmatian way. The taste of the fish just taken out of the sea is hard to forget. It perfectly complements the famous Hvar wines ents the famous Hvar wines.

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Small region Zavala

Small region Zavala

Zavala is a collective name for a small region on the tame and gentle southern side of the island.

Region Zavala is protected from cold northern winds and enjoys an abundance of sunny days. The typically mild winters are here even milder and even more pleasant. In the old days, people used to live in the today abandoned little village in small stone cottages built high up in the mountain. 

They lived of hard work, olives, wine and fishing in the rich waters along the coast of the island of Šćedro. The only way to reach the nearest town on the north side was the narrow stone path, which leads across the mountain; on foot or on the back of a donkey. 

And then, just around 40 years ago, almost by coincidence, a tunnel was built and then widened (more exactly a hole through the mountain) which connects the villages of Pitve and Zavala, the north and the south of the island. That was also the beginning of this side. 

More and more people started discovering region Zavala and kept returning to the village year after year. Some fishermen cottages were converted into guesthouses, gradually people started building B&B’s, cozy restaurants and apartment houses and Zavala shyly started appearing in guidebooks as an ideal holiday resort for families.

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The island Hvar is “the Mediterranean as it used to be”

The island Hvar is “the Mediterranean as it used to be”

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A well-preserved island Hvar without excessive tourism development and commercialization, without haste and bustle.

“Croatia – the country of a Thousand Islands”. That used to be a popular tourist slogan. A ‘thousand’ islands might be exaggerated. It is true that we have a lot of islands however; most of them are a merely small green oasis in the deep blue sea. However, the message was good. Barren or wooded, lying in the sea like a giant water lily or just a rock sticking out of the sea, islands are always unique. The beauty lies in the diversity and diversity is what makes Hvar the most beautiful among the islands. What is the best thing about island Hvar…is difficult to define…

island Hvar offers so much: intact wooded coves at the foot of steep canyons, cliffs where waves and windbreak off sharp rocks and on the other side soft beaches with white pebbles. Dense forests of evergreen oaks and pines intertwine with karst – and lunar landscape. In the interior, the island offers the most fertile Adriatic plains, the south boasts almost vertical vineyards, basking in the sun and much more…

All that is painted by bright colors and accompanied by mesmerizing fragrances of the soil, lavender, rosemary, and various Mediterranean herbs and plants. Since ancient times, this region has been witnessing the merging of different cultures and civilizations, settlers and conquerors. Illyrians, Greeks, Venetians, Austrians have come here, settled and assimilated, mixed and interchanged, or left and gave way to the others and so built and formed towns, rich with history and stone-rich architecture, forts, and harbors. Hvar was also the site of several important maritime battles. The city of Hvar also boasts the first and still active people’s theatre in Europe.

Read more on http://www.hvar.hr and http://www.croatia.hr.

The taste of the fish just taken out of the sea is hard to forget and perfectly complements the famous Hvar wines. ​

A Wise Man