Built in the 15th century, the Franciscan Monastery is now a site of quiet and relaxation for travelers of all types. This walled-in complex possesses an incredible view of the harbor and the Pakleni Islands, allowing the Adriatic paradise to unfold before your eyes. Pay particular attention to the artwork; throughout the complex and in its museum there is an impressive collection of Venetian paintings.
On the bay of Kriza just south of Hvar Town, the Renaissance structure has a beautiful tower and rectory to signal weary sailors (or lost tourists). Admission costs about 15 HRK (or about $3 USD). The facilities are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., but only June through September.
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As you make your way up the steep hill and a bead of sweat begins to roll down your neck, you might wonder, "Why am I enduring strenuous exercise on my vacation?" When you reach Hvar Fortress, your answer will be plastered across the horizon. As one TripAdvisor user says, "If you are staying in Hvar for a few days then going to the hilltop fortress is a must. The views are well worth the hike up." Officially called "Fortica Spanjola," this 16th-century citadel has acquired the colloquial name of "Hvar Fortress" as it presides high above the town of the same name. You'll be able to survey that town from these ancient fortifications, as well as the rest of Hvar Island and the surrounding islands that appear like gigantic lily pads on the Adriatic Sea.
The uphill trek might look (and feel) intimidating, but recent hikers predict it will only take you 20 to 25 minutes from Hvar Town. It costs about 20 HRK (or about $4 USD) to enter the fortress. In the summer, you can visit from 8 am till midnight, but by appointment only, the rest of the year. For appointments, call the fort's office at 021-741-816 and more information.
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