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article imagePhoto Essay: Croatia's 'St. Tropez' in October — A busy Hvar Town Special

By Paul Bradbury     Oct 5, 2014 in Travel
Hvar - October on the Adriatic coast is usually a quiet time, but there is still plenty happening on Croatia's premier island of Hvar.
The mega-yachts may have mostly departed, the party tourists long gone, but as Digital Journal discovered on a walk around Hvar Town on October 4, 2014, there is still plenty of life in the tourism season on the island of Hvar, whose main town of the same name is often referred to as 'the new St Tropez.'
With its rich history (including the oldest public theatre in Europe, the only island in the world with four UNESCO heritages and the birthplace of organised tourism in Europe in 1868), it is not hard to comprehend why Hvar has become so popular, especially when factors such as its status as the sunniest island in Europe and gateway to the emerald jewels of the Pakleni Islands are factored in.
Once the peak season is over, life in the town can look very different, but as Digital Journal discovered, the beginning of October is still a very busy time for the town, with an abundance of events taking place simultaneously, including the celebration of the town's patron, St Stephen, the fourth traditional sailboat festival called Festa Forse Pulene, Kids Day and the inaugural Big Game Fishing Hvar Cup. Digital Journal went to visit to see what was on offer for late season tourists, who can now reach the island in just thirteen minutes from the mainland, after the introduction of the first scheduled seaplane service in modern European aviation history in August this year.
A visit to Hvar Town and surroundings in October in pictures:
The religious procession on St. Stephen s Day - the protector of the town - is one of the most impor...
The religious procession on St. Stephen's Day - the protector of the town - is one of the most important events in the island's religious calendar.
Kruvenica Hvar
One of Hvar s latest attractions  the Gariful farm  which is proving popular with local children.
One of Hvar's latest attractions, the Gariful farm, which is proving popular with local children.
A selection of more exotic animals is slowly being assembled on Hvar  to the obvious delight of loca...
A selection of more exotic animals is slowly being assembled on Hvar, to the obvious delight of local kids.
Kids Day  a thank you to the community from some of the bigger tourism businesses in Hvar Town - Hul...
Kids Day, a thank you to the community from some of the bigger tourism businesses in Hvar Town - Hula Hula, Gariful, Cafe Pjaca and TO Ivan.
One of the highlights of Kids Day was the arrival of four men from Sinj from the sky on the largest ...
One of the highlights of Kids Day was the arrival of four men from Sinj from the sky on the largest square in all Dalmatia, the Hvar Pjaca, which is also home to the oldest public theatre in Europe, dating back to 1612.
The Forske Pulene traditional sailboat festival brought out some splendid boats... and costumes  add...
The Forske Pulene traditional sailboat festival brought out some splendid boats... and costumes, adding to the very lively atmosphere in the town.
The water-taxis running from Hvar Town to the Pakleni Islands are still running and with peak season...
The water-taxis running from Hvar Town to the Pakleni Islands are still running,and with peak season over, there is time to engage the skipper in conversation.
There was plenty of action on the water away from the boats  with Hvar nightlife legend Wolfgang Sch...
There was plenty of action on the water away from the boats, with Hvar nightlife legend Wolfgang Schulze-Boysen in familiar paddling pose.
The Meneghello estate on Palmizana is an oasis of culture  arboretum and flora and fauna  with plent...
The Meneghello estate on Palmizana is an oasis of culture, arboretum and flora and fauna, with plenty to interest children in its fascinating grounds.
The inviting waters of Palmizana in October  for child and dog alike. In front of Toto s Restaurant ...
The inviting waters of Palmizana in October, for child and dog alike. In front of Toto's Restaurant, the host of Big Game Fishing Hvar Cup 2014.
The idyllic bay of Vinogradisce  Palmizana  one of Croatia s most sought-after destinations for its ...
The idyllic bay of Vinogradisce, Palmizana, one of Croatia's most sought-after destinations for its beauty and tranquillity.
Mega-yachts in July  big game fishing in October. Hvar s exclusive waterfront welcomes 25 boats from...
Mega-yachts in July, big game fishing in October. Hvar's exclusive waterfront welcomes 25 boats from 5 countries for the first Big Game Fishing Hvar Cup 2014.
Digital Journal was on hand to witness the first big game catch  a 51 kg tuna  which was brought to ...
Digital Journal was on hand to witness the first big game catch, a 51 kg tuna, which was brought to Restaurant Gariful.
The first catch of Big Game Fishing Hvar Cup 2014  on display outside Restaurant Gariful  which had ...
The first catch of Big Game Fishing Hvar Cup 2014, on display outside Restaurant Gariful, which had been engulfed in flames 24 hours before (see separate Digital Journal report).
The romantic traditional sailboats of the Forske Pulene Festival  now in its fourth year  added a dr...
The romantic traditional sailboats of the Forske Pulene Festival, now in its fourth year, added a dreamy quality to the evening's proceedings.
Early evening traditional sailing boats  and a rehearsal for the evening concert  in front of the lo...
Early evening traditional sailing boats, and a rehearsal for the evening concert, in front of the location whose hotel was at the forefront of the start of organised tourism in Europe in 1868.
Despite 90% of the terrace being destroyed by fire at Restaurant Gariful  it was business as usual l...
Despite 90% of the terrace being destroyed by fire at Restaurant Gariful, it was business as usual less than 24 hours later.
Restautant Gariful
Romantic Hvar - the traditional sailboats of the Forske Pulene Festival.
Romantic Hvar - the traditional sailboats of the Forske Pulene Festival.
Ana Dujmovic
While the main season may be over  the town s restaurants are still doing a good October trade. Two ...
While the main season may be over, the town's restaurants are still doing a good October trade. Two young Digital Journalists giving some tips to the hostess at upscale Lucullus.
Klapa Cambi in full flow in front of the Hvar Loggia.
Klapa Cambi in full flow in front of the Hvar Loggia.
Ana Dujmovic
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