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Day or night, the place to see and been seen in Central Dalmatia is Hvar Town. Fashionable shops and quaint bistros inhabit the centuries-old buildings, and, in its summer prime, the citizens and travelers spill outside into the squares and narrow avenues. The small island city is centered around Trg Svetog Stjepana, the main square originally built in the 1500s. On the southern side you'll find the spectacular Arsenal building (be sure to snap a few stunning photos). On a different side of the square, you'll find the Cathedral of St. Stjepan, whose bell tower rises high above the city. Also, don't miss the Venetian loggia, an elegant building with a beautiful arcade and clock tower in front of the Hotel Palace. Aside from these sights, you'll find plenty to photograph and to do in this picturesque town during the day.
At night, Hvar Town transforms into a hip bar destination. Carpe Diem, a beachside bar and nightclub, stands out as the most famous Hvarian watering hole; it's also the place to rendezvous with the rich and famous. The nighttime crowds are very chic, so be sure to dress to impress.
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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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