Stari Grad

Welcome to the historical and cultural centre of the sunniest island in Croatia


Discover everything Stari Grad has to offer

Stari Grad Plain
The base of its architecture was set 24 centuries ago by the Greek colonists, and it is divided into rectangular plots bounded by dry stone walls. The field is crossed by many roads both lengthwise and crosswise. The plot of Stari Grad Plain represents one of the masterpieces of Greek culture and the best-preserved cadastral division in the Mediterranean. The Plain is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage. Today, vines, olives, lavender, carob, almonds, and figs are grown here
Summer residence of Petar Hektorović
The fortified summer residence of the poet, author of the first realistic epic poem of the Croatian Renaissance “Fishing and Fishermen’s Complaints”, is the most famous building and one of the symbols of Stari Grad. The Renaissance poet, Christian thinker and builder constructed this fortress over a long period of time and with attention to detail, it was as important to him as his capital literary work. By building a summer residence, Hektorović brought to life his idea of creating a microcosm – a small, closed world where all God’s creatures – fish, birds, plants, and people – have a place to live
Škor Square
Of all the small squares that Stari Grad abounds in, the most picturesque is Škor square. This square was created during the 17th and 18th centuries and it was once home to the shipyard after which the square is named (Its name is a derivative from a Croatian word for shipyard – škver). This curved space, surrounded by characteristic Dalmatian workers’ houses with picturesque luminaries (skylights), sulars and stairs (stone terraces and stairs) is the home of mythical Dalmatia

Escape to your own



During the visit to the sunniest island, indulge in the authentic experiences, tastes, and aromas of Hvar. Visit local taverns, get inspired by the stories of local producers and use every free moment for an active vacation

Stari Grad is well known for the quality of its olive oil and the cultivation of olive trees. Virgin olive oil has been produced here for centuries, and it blends perfectly with the seafood delicacies
Starogrojski paprenjok is a dessert that absolutely prevails on Hvar since the Renaissance. It is a traditional version of a gingerbread with various spices. The sweet has been present in the life of people of Hvar for more than 500 years and is included in the list of protected cultural assets
Hvar, due to being a sunny oasis, is the ancestral homeland of Plavac Mali, a prestigious and widely known variety of black grapes, the kind that produces the divinest of wines. Treat your taste buds and experience a rhapsody of flavours
Stari Grad is located next to a long bay, making it a perfect destination for sailing and various sea activities. During the summer, from May to October – winds are suitable for windsurfing, slalom, racing and other activities

Hvar – a haven for celebrities

Nowadays, Hvar is a real luxury oasis for vacationing, where, in addition to numerous tourists, a lot of world-famous stars also pay a visit. Although the town of Hvar is the most popular destination on the island, at the end of the 20th century the beauty and charm of Stari Grad attracted the abdicated English king Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson, whose love story shook the long-lived English royal monarchy. Apart from them, one of the most popular American presidents, John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy stayed in Stari Grad as well

A must – see in

Stari Grad

Sunbathing, swimming, and outdoor activities are not the only advantages of Stari Grad. It is a destination of rich heritage just waiting to be discovered.

01 Summer Residence of Hanibal Lucić
02 Dominikanski samostan
03 Lavender fields
04 Bonj beach
05 Maslinica bay
06 Žukova bay
07 Pharia Rampart – Cyclopean Wall
08 St. Jerome’s Church and Hermitage
09 Juraj Škarpa Square
10 Museum of Stari Grad

Relive the spirit of the past and tradition by discovering the labyrinth of picturesque streets of Stari Grad. Listen to the magical sounds of folk singers, discover the hidden treasures of traditional taverns, galleries, palaces and gardens. Treat yourself to delicious Dalmatian delicacies and toast with a drop of quality local wine

The length of the Stari Grad Bay in kilometres


Stari Grad is formed around long and very indented bay. Here, the sea is turquoise and crystal clear while the nature is preserved and authentic. It is a true oasis of serenity for the body and soul


Make your stay


Here are some suggestions on everything you need for a comfortable visit. Find activities to do and spend your time exactly as you prefer. If you need a place to stay, we prepared a handy list of hotels.

01 Hotels
02 Events
03 Activities


Trips from Stari Grad

Due to its micro-location, Stari Grad is an ideal starting point for one-day trips to surrounding destinations. Discover the authentic Dalmatia

A world-renowned hit destination and the capital of the Mediterranean where antiquity and hedonism meet
A wonderous city under the UNESCO’s protection
A pirate town located at the mouth of the River Cetina, with narrow streets that will impress you
Makarska rivijera
Heavenly beaches and crystal-clear sea in hit destinations of Baška Voda, Brela and Makarska
An island with thousand wonders, best known for its beach Zlatni rat
Authentic and untouched island, ideal for adventurers and those resisting commercial content
The island with the world’s most famous beach – Stiniva, but also the guardian of the Blue Cave on the islet Biševo
Walk the Game of Thrones paths and explore the ancient fortress Klis
The host of Sinjska Alka, a chivalric tournament with a 300-year-old tradition, and an ideal starting point for an excursion to the source of River Cetina
Take a walk along the Imotski field, taste the River Vrljika and feast your eyes on the Blue and Red Lake


Events in Stari Grad

International festival of traditional boats, sea and sailors
Town Day
Faros maraton
Jazz & Wine festival
Stone Cradle of the Written Word
Tourist board

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