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Wednesday, September 30 2015

October in Hvar - 5 lively ways to celebrate Autumn around town


"Named one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar is during each season the perfect place for an exotic escape from everyday life." Tweet this fact

As autumn reveals its wonderful colors, pamper yourself with a well-deserved getaway just hours away from all the major European cities, let the island surprise you with its lively manifestations and you might discover that this is the most vivacious part of the year. Though Hvar inhabitants tend to celebrate Hvar’s majesty year-round, there is a special month dedicated to Hvar Town’s Day celebration – the month of October.

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The celebrations are pot full of heritage and sport-themed events to get you in a cheerful spirit; we present you with a list of 5 lively ways to celebrate autumn around town to make the most of your Hvar holiday.

1. BIG GAME FISHING (01.-04.10.2015)

The month opens with three days of Big Game Fishing on the Paklinski Islands archipelago which are classified as Croatian park of nature and lay just in front of Hvar Town. The sport event is organized by Big Game Fishing Club Palmižana. Last year the event attracted around 30 boats from Croatia and nearby countries, this year the event will certainly attract even more participants. Curious about last season best catches? A 300-kilo thresher shark (not harmful to humans) and lots of tuna of around 50 kg and beyond but do not worry, more than half of the fish caught were returned to the sea.


In Hvar town area, an international team of scientists led by the Croatian Geological Institute, found scientific evidence that this site holds a unique record of a global disaster occurred before 66 million years. A unique calcareous sediment precipitated out of the disastrous tsunami caused by asteroid impact in present-day Yucatan, lies on the island of Hvar.

This fact has been published in the prestigious international Geoscience journal Geological Society of America Bulletin in May 2015 and will be further on explained during this session.

3. FOR PULENA FEAST (08.-10.10.2015)

This meeting of the traditional Dalmatian vessels is held each year in Hvar and it is a one-of-a-kind event you certainly shouldn’t miss. The organizers Hvar Metropolis of the Sea Association and Hvar Town Sailing Club Zvir are focused on the preservation of Hvar’s rich maritime heritage and recalling with this event prosperous past times of shipbuilding. During the event you can admire wooden beauties typical for the Dalmatian region as leuts, gajetas, trabakuls, batanas, pasaras and braceras. Last year the organizers started with the realization of yet another great idea to renew a legendary Hvar galleon St. Jerome which triumphed during the Battle of Lepanto with world’s only preserved figurehead from this era (the bow ornament from the ship of a dragon name, Zvir). This battle was one of the bloodiest naval battles in history - a total of 28,000 people were killed. Trogir, Sibenik and Kotor galleys were destroyed, and on the galleys from Rab, Krk and Cres, the majority of soldiers and sailors died. It is interesting that on one of the galleys Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) was wounded during the battle.


As already mentioned in the FOR Pulena Feast description, Hvar’s Zvir (Beast) is the only preserved figurehead from Battle of Lepanto which occurred in the 16th Century where a gallion from Hvar helped win the battle against the Turks invasion. The figurehead is currently stored in the Franciscan Monastery and this presentation will reveal its secrets and the story behind it.

5. THE DANCE OF SAILS (10.10.2015)

This is the cherry on the top at the end of the manifestation. Get enchanted by  the magic Dance of Sails accompanied by the sounds of waltz and the play of light in the port of Hvar. You will have to discover it by yourself since there are no words that would describe the peculiar blend of history and the present moment. 


For those looking upon adrenaline and fun, Hvar off-road bike paths are a real challenge! Lose yourself in the fields of olive trees, lavender, old stone walls and a view that will leave you breathless.

Did you know?
The tresher shark possesses a distinctive large tail that resembles the arc of a rainbow. Rarely seen near shore, the thresher shark mostly lives along the continental shelves of North America and Asia but it may live as well in warm seas. The thresher shark can swim at high speeds in short bursts and may even leap high out of the water if threatened or provoked from above. Since they are often catched for their oins which are used in teh preparation of shark stew, all three thresher shark species have been listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union since 2007.

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