Location & Access
Location & Access
It is not quite so easy to find us however, once you have arrived, you will realize that all the efforts were worthwhile. Hvar can only be reached by sea, the best way is to board a ferry from Split to Stari Grad (you can access the timetable on http://www.jadrolinija.hr), and then by car to Jelsa and continuing on a narrow curvy road via Pitve and through a tunnel to Zavala, which should take you about 20 minutes of leisurely driving.
Once you have successfully mastered all the hindrances and you see the sign "ZAVALA"
(at the entrance to the village) in front of you, you should expect a mild left turn and then after about 30 yards a very sharp right bend. One needs a bit of practice to make it in one go. Here you will also see the sign for ‘Skalinada‘. After this, you just follow the road among the houses on the left side and down a fairly steep road until a Y-junction. The road to your right leads to us and to your left to ‘Skalinada'. At the bottom of the slope, the road ends with a ‘T'.
If you hadn't been forced to be wary of the potholes, you would have seen a house called "Nautilus-Bay" by the road. Yet again, you turn right and drive to the end of the road.
The last 100 yards of the road is not paved. If you came to a slightly isolated house on a gentle slope among pine trees, facing the sea, which is around 40 yards away, then you are at the right place! The car park is located behind the house.
"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 Hvar...is difficult to define...
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.
“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
Zavala is a collective name for a small region on the tame and gentle southern side of the island. It 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 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.
These year marks 150 years of tourism on the island of Hvar, which is the most visited Croatian island in the summer and winter months. Despite that, Hvar is still being described as "the Mediterranean as it used to be" and a "well preserved" island without excessive tourism development and commercialization, without haste and bustle. The sea is crystal clear with beautiful bays and pebbled beaches, limestone hills, vineyards and fields of fragrant lavender, pine forests and picturesque villages rich with historical and cultural sites.
The true value of the Isle are its people, and 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 and it perfectly complements the famous Hvar wines.
ZAVALA IN THE WINTER
WHY VISITING HVAR IN THE WINTER?
The island of Hvar is quite a unique place in Croatia and the Mediterranean. 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 apartments - Petarčica 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.
This is what a winter on Hvar looks like: plenty of sunshine, lush vegetation, ripe vineyards, and olive groves and ... peace. With 2,715 hours of sunshine a year, the island is officially the sunniest place in Europe with an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine and 3.8 hours of cloudy weather per day.
Jan - 8.4°C
Feb - 9°C
Mar - 11°C
Apr - 15°C
May - 17°C
Jun - 23°C
July - 26°C
Avg - 25°C
Sep - 22°C
Oct - 20°C
Nov - 14°C
Dec - 10°C
The average temperature falls below 10°C only in January and February.
Sea temperature throughout the year lies between 12ºC and 25ºC.
Due to its favorable climate, Hvar also used to be a renowned health resort and the first spa hotel was opened in 1889 years. But the mild climate is not the only reason why you should visit Hvar in the winter.