Photographer's Note

picture taken in Hvar (Hvar Island), Croatia..

Length: 68 km
Width: 10,5 km
Surface: 299,7 km2
Length of the coast: 254,2 km
The highest peak: 628 m (St. Nicolas)

Hvar (68 km long), after Cres the longest Adriatic island, is also the fourth largest in area (300 sq. m). The name of the island is without doubt Greek in origin, from Pharos (lighthouse). From it the Romans derived the name Pharia. The Dalmatian Romans then derived from this Fara, and the newly settled Croats in the early Middle Ages changed this to Hvar, as the old Slavonic consonant f was subsumed by the consonant group hv.


The island is characterised by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine, Gentle and moist winters (January Hvar has an average temperature of 8.4° C) have many advantages, long other things enabling winter tourism in Hvar. Maximum temperatures are never too high to render agriculture impossible (the highest recorded temperature of 37°C was reached in 1935).
The average annual air temperature is around 16.5° C, while autumns are warmer than springs, which prolongs the growing period.


One of the most famous folk products on the island of Hvar is "Queen's wash", the pure distillation of rosemary oil which was recommended by travel writers from the 19th century for gargling the throat and against scurvy.
Hvar is not only the "home land of rosemary and queen's wash", but also the island of the pink fields of lavender. From the first three twigs found in Veli Grabalj, this aromatic plant of exceptional quality developed ali over the fields of Hvar.The lavender oil is used for destroying moths and for the production of perfume and lotion. It blossoms in June, July, and August, and the medical part of the plant are flowers which should be picked as soon as they blossom.


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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Monika Wa (Cytryna) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 30] (196)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2002-08-00
  • Categories: Vida Diária
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2005-05-31 12:58
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