Hvar is an island in Central Dalmatia, in the wider Split area. Inhabited since the Stone Age, it was populated by Illyrians, Greeks and Romans before the arrival of Croats. The island has about 2800 hours of sunshine per year, the most in Croatia, and is well connected to the mainland with ferry routes. If you are not into summer heats and warm sea, Hvar is also an ideal destination for the late summer and early fall months, when the temperatures of the air and sea are lower, but still warm enough for bathing. Many palaces, churches and forts are the proof of the island’s rich history, as well as the theatre in the town of Hvar, the first public theatre in Europe after the antiquity, established in 1612. Hvar is known for its excellent wine and vast lavender fields, but today it’s most famous as a party destination popular among the world’s jet-set. However, if you don’t belong to the latter, don’t go to the old town scantily dressed, because the fines are very high! The most important towns are Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska and Stari Grad.