It is the island of sunshine, UNESCO heritage and fabulous beaches. Hvar is famous for many things, including one which sets it apart from many others – its aromatic lavender.
June and July are wonderful months to visit Hvar, as the island’s lavender is in full bloom, and it is a joy both to see and smell this most aromatic of plants.
One small village, Velo Grablje, has taken its lavender heritage very seriously. Once the centre of lavender production for all Dalmatia, the village suffered from mass emigration, with the permanent population reduced to just five until recently.
The village is now undergoing something of a renaissance, due to the efforts of the younger generation, who have worked hard to restore some of the traditions and heritage of the village, particularly lavender. The village has slowly grown in population, from 5 to 14 over the last decade, and there is a restaurant and winter pub as well.
At the heart of everything is the annual lavender festival, a two-day event now in its ninth year, which takes place this year on June 30 and July 1, a chance to learn more about the unique traditions of the Dalmatian way of life, as well as taking part in the lavender harvest and distilling of the much prized lavender oil. To learn more about Hvar, click here.