Dalmatian island – unavoidable destination – I. part

June 27, 2014
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The Croatian coastline together with its islands ranks among the most intricately indented coastlines in the world. This wealth of islands and islets attracts adventurous travellers from all over the world.  The islands delight visitors with its romantic atmosphere and relaxed way of life. Many island towns please the senses with their beautiful architecture and atmosphere, by their monuments dating from Antiquity, works of art in stone, wood, on canvas and on ancient parchments.

While you are our guest in the beautiful and pleasant Villa Bella in Podstrana we recommend that you go visit the following islands:

ISLAND ŠOLTA
Villa Bella - island Šolta

Island Šolta is an island in central Dalmatia, near Split, west of the island Brač. The highest peak on the island the Vela straža is located at an altitude of 237 m, in the Gornje selo. Beside island of Šolta, at bay Maslinica, there are seven other islands. The main town on the island is Grohote. Šolta fields Gornje polje, Srednje polje i Donje polje, for centuries feed generations of Šolta residents. The island has a rich flora and fauna. On the island resides over 100 species of birds, wild pigs, rabbits, etc..

It is believed that the island of Šolta was named after the Greek Olynthus meaning „immature fig“. In the past, numerous nations such as the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards, landed on Šolta, during their journeys through the Adriatic, in order to trade with local fishermen. Šolta was a real island of fishermen, but also of land workers and especially of olive and wine growers.

Attractions in Šolta – Tomb with the inscription FOR TRAVELERS – it is a monument to the unknown passengers who died on the island of Šolta. Then you should visit the Gradac, Mirine, remains of ancient walls in the Donjem Selu, Chapel in the wall, Basilica chapel in the Grohote, ancient tombs in the parish church in Grohote, the remains of an early Christian basilica in Stipanska, castle of the Marchi family from 1706 in the Maslinica, the memorial house of croatian writer Marko Marulića in Nečujam, the monument to the victims of World War II, as well as the church of St. Michael from XIV. / XV. century which is located in the middle of the mentioned fields.

ISLAND ČIOVO

Island Čiovo  located in central Dalmatia, Čiovo is an island situated in middle Dalmatia, connected with the city Trogir by drawbridge and administratively divide Villa Bella - Island Čiovobetween Split, Trogir and Okrug. Total surface of the island is 28,8 km2 and there are several villages: Okrug DonjiOkrug GornjiArbanijaSlatine, Žedno and Čiovo. The island is mountainous with the highest peak Rudine.

Island Čiovo is a kind of part of the town of Trogir, with which it is connected by a bridge. It is rich in a number of facilities for tourism as well as interesting historical monuments. The island was inhabited already in prehistory and old Romans used to call it Boa (Bua, Bavo). During XV. and XVI. century the surrounding population came to the island, running away from the Turks.

Cultural sights to see in Čiovo: The Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica, with hermit facilities from 1546, situated among cliffs, lies on the southeast side of the island. In village Žedno there is the church of St. Maurice in the field, gathering place of hermits and in the center of the village, there is the church of Bl. John of Trogir. There is Dominican convent of St. Cross, founded in XV. century in Arbanija. In the church, there are valuable paintings – heritage from the XVII. century. In the village Čiovo there is a Franciscan convent of St. Anthony, above the cave, former hermits’ dwelling, which has preserved its appearance from the XVII. century. The convent guards the crown made of gilted silver with jewels from XIV. century, sculpture of St. Magdalene and paintings from XVII. century. Of smaller churches on island Čiovo, there are the church of St. Nicholas (XIV. century), St. Andrew (VI./VII. century), St. Peter (XVI. century). Early Romanesque Church of Our Lady, situated by the sea, with Renaissance supplements, is built in memory of victory over inhabitants of Split.

ISLAND HVARVilla Bella - island Hvar - city Hvar

Island Hvar is located between the islands of Brač and Korčula, is the longest island in the Adriatic. This is an island of vineyards, olive groves and lavender. Hvar is the sunniest island in the Adriatic and is traditionally known for production of the lavender. The beautiful Adriatic sea that surrounds the island and plenty of sun in which it lavishes, makes Hvar attractive tourist destination in Central Dalmatia throughout the year.

Towns and villages on the island have numerous monuments of architecture and art that bear witness to the rich artistic traditions of the island. Towns on the island of Hvar, which you have to visit are: Hvar the largest town on the island, with famous Hvar theater; Jelsa, mall town and port located at the north coast of the island of Hvar with a century old tourist tradition; Stari Grad, the oldest settlement on the island, rich in archaeological remains of Roman and early Christian era and Vrbosko, where you can visit famous Fishermen’s Museum and the church – fortress (Church of St. Mary) that offers a breathtaking panoramic view.

Villa Bella - island Hvar - church - fortress Sv. Marija- Vrboska

Villa Bella - island Hvar - Jelsa

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