Fall Vacation: 5 Ways to Brighten Your Fall Mood by visiting Hvar
As the summer withdraws, solutions to pamper each of your senses are at your fingertips...
...The arrival of autumn is, for many, a relaxed variation from the long days of summer. We have spent quite a great amount of energy exploring hidden bays, laying in the sun and absorbing the energetic summer rays, and now we are in the need to add an extra bounce to our step, the fall brings not just the hustle and bustle of the school year and holiday season, but also a form of turning inward.
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Autumn's crisp air and bright colors inspire travelers to embrace the outdoors. Cooler weather makes it an ideal time to take a hike or road trip to admire the fall foliage. Here Hvar enters the game as one of the enchanting worldwide fall destinations. Engage in a heartwarming holiday in the heart of the Mediterranean to invigorate each of your senses and keep you, well, walking on sunshine. Hvar has a lot to offer to all Fall enthusiasts, from its charming historic town and rolling hills, its picturesque mosaics of dry stone walls all the way to the beautifully immersed neighboring islands bursting with typical vegetation and their “Robinson Crusoe” flair which could be measured directly with Madagascar. And the last but not the least, Hvar's little- visited interior where autumn brings splashes of color to its with grapevines and the famed lavender fields turn silvery-purple.
Need some further Fall ideas? Why not...
1. ENGAGE IN A HOLISTIC SPA WEEKEND - Healing Sea Mud wrap or Adriatic Seaside rock treatment
Why we love The Sensori Spa? Because it is a real pearl of the Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel which takes a holistic view on the mind, body and spirit balance commencing from cultivating a clear and healthy mind for a well-adjusted and happy life. The Sensori has it all: a stunning location in the middle of Hvar’s old-fashioned harbour, sumptuous accommodations accentuated by fine textured linens intertwined with warm wood tones and natural materials, highly trained staff, stacks of available treatments such as the Hvar Herbal Infusion detox treatment or Healing Sea Mud Wrap – an intensely active marine mud available only on the Croatian Coast. Add to all of it a burst of citrus (available all around the Spa venue) which will quickly awaken all the senses. Whether it’s essential oils, body lotions, soaps, or candles – The Sensori Spa pays special attention to smell in the environment.
2. ACTIVE RECREATION THROUGH THE WEEK – Bicycle your way to Health
There is no better way of discovering a place than from the saddle of a bicycle. Cycling around the island of Hvar is really something special, there are 30 cycle routes in Hvar with a total length of 2084 km. Invest your free time in a healthy bicycle ride and discover many small hidden villages in Hvar’s heart with their old traditional architecture and way of life. Stop by some of the artisan chioscs to buy local products and immerse yourself in the true pristine nature of the island.
3. TASTE – Wine itineraries and steak delight at Butchery & Wine Hvar Restaurant
If you opt for the quality of the products and wish to have a worthwile tasting experience than you have come to the right place. Hvar’s wine itineraries feature some of the most overwhelming experiences because dedicated winemakers do their best to transfer their passion for those precious tears of the earth. Each time you will open a bottle brought home from this trip it will be absolutely inevitable to not remember the smells and the relationship between nature and man which birthed those unique and fierce wines and all of those fine local delicacies with whome they were paired with or the fields of chubby grapes you saw ripening for a future vintage. Some hints of the itinerary? Enjoy local brandy infused with local aromatic herbs.
And now let’s pass on some men-things in the domain of raw meat and succulent steaks. Let’s enter the empire of culinary bad boy Chef Mario Bobanovic and his Butchery&Wine Hvar steakhouse. Surprise your taste buds with soft and juicy textures of some of the best world’s meat selection: from Argentina rib eye, French Veal rack, Scottish Black Angus strip loin, to Lamb rack or Duck breast. Some hints? Every steak on the menu is hand-selected from corn-fed animals and some of the cuts are dry-aged for 35 days in the restaurant’s meat lockers. As you make your order, you are personally shown your steak before it’s put to the fire.
4. SIGHTSEEING - The Charming Old Town will keep you craving for more
After exploring the hidden secrets of the island in its wine & food itineraries we have another sense to explore – the sight. Who doesn’t love the feeling of sunlight on their back and looking out into an airy and bright space? Start your day with a healthy breakfast and add some extra calories because the stroll through the city will actually bring you to so many discoveries that you will be “hungry” for some more. Explore the Old Town: begin with Hvar Cathedral (open daily from 7am-noon and 5pm-7pm) overlooking the St. Stephen Square the center of Hvar’s daily babbling, built between the 16th and 17th centuries with that typical dash of Venetian flair. From here, walk south to the Franciscan monastery (Oct-May daily 10am-noon). This walled sanctuary centers on a Renaissance cloister. The museum is home to a magnificent 17th-century painting of the Last Supper. Return to the main square, then climb steps to the Castle with fantastic views of the harbour. Craving for more?Hire a car and drive 15 miles east to Stari Grad, founded by the Greeks in 400 BC, making it the oldest settlement on the island. Check out its main attraction a Renaissance villa built by Petar Hektorovic, a young aristocrat and poet, in 1520. Some additional hints? How about some souvenir from agave lace? Explore the fine art of making lace from agave leaves which was brought to the island by a seaman right from Tenerife. The lacemaking fine art is under UNESCO world heritage.
5. SCENT OF HVAR - Citrus flower or Lavander? How about Pine & Juniper?
At the end - the mesmerizing scents of Hvar. Close your eyes and imagine yourself immersed in a garden full of citrus fruits and lavender, hop on a boat and relish the sea heading to the untouched nature of the blissful Pakleni islands - this archipelago of car-free islets offers the true environment for nature hedonists. The walk is worth it, passing through typical vegetation of olives and pine (where the silence is total, like a held breath) and ruined shepherds' huts, butterflies rising at your footsteps, the scent of sage, juniper, immortelle and myrtle in the air….do you need more hints? Absolutely not!
How to get there?
Plane and hydroplane or plane and catamaran. Either way you choose, it will be a true adventure packed with fabulous sceneries typical for this hidden island in the Mediterranean. Split airport is well served and can be easily reached with direct flights from all major European capital cities. When you reach Resnik – Split airport the things become even easier, many Hvar hotels offer their shuttle service which will bring you directly to the Split port where you will be escorted to the catamaran terminal and after an hour journey you will again be welcomed by dedicated staff which will assist you with your luggage and check-in in one of your preferred hotels. If you want to spice up your journey and reach teh island within 13 minutes, a shuttle will bring you from Split airport to the ECA hydroplane terminal where you will board a hydroplane to Jelsa (Hvar) and again you will be welcomed by the hotel transfer staff.
After all it's no wonder Hvar is rated by Traveller Magazine one of the "top 10 most beautiful islands in the world".
So what are you waiting for? Enlist your favorite travel companions and set out to enjoy the best fall experiences.