>>>Crazy in love in Hvar

Crazy in love in Hvar

It is competing with Ibiza and Saint-Tropez, and even Beyoncé is looking for inspiration on its coastline. The destination a la mode is in Croatia, and it smells like lavender.
aming Beyoncé’s daughter an Honourable Citizen is a more effective tourist pull than any marketing strategy. The Mayor of Hvar knows this, which is why he conferred this recognition on little Blue Ivy before she had even celebrated her first birthday. Indeed, he relationship between the island and the little girl began before she was born. The R&B diva published a video on her social networks where she was discovering blue ivy, while walking in the outskirts of Hvar. “I think it’s Blue Ivy, which would be quite appropriate!” Months later, she gave birth to a daughter, and named her after the plant. The eyes of the world then came to rest on the plant life of this Croatian island, the longest in the Adriatic. They found lavender and rosemary fields, pine woods and olive trees: the idyllic Mediterranean landscape, on the Dalmatian coast.
Also known as the ‘heavenly beach’, Lucisca is characterised by crystalline waters and pine trees.

Blue ivy’s competition

Lavender was the symbol of the island, long before Beyoncé came across the blue ivy. The tradition began at Velo Grablje, a village near Hvar, where, the Lavender Festival takes place each year, in late June. The aromatic herb is the focus of workshops, exhibitions and concerts.

There is an explanation for its natural beauty: it is the Croatian city that receives the most hours of sunlight. And the most stars. Queen Bey is not the only one who chooses the capital of Hvar Island for her summer holidays. The first was Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I, in 1875. Orson Welles, George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and three different James Bonds have all followed in his footsteps. While its port plays host to pricey yachts, it has not lost its medieval air. Fragments of the Republic of Venice, which governed the city several times over five centuries, are still very much present in its stone streets. Its influence is particularly notable on St Stephen’s Square, home to the cathedral—built in Venetian Renaissance style—the Clock Tower and the Loggia. There is also the municipal theatre, built in 1612, “the oldest in Europe,” boast the locals.
The surrounding area attracts as many visitors as the city. If you want to know why, climb up to the Spanish Fort (Fortica Španjola). From atop this 16th-century structure, there is a unique view of the Adriatic Sea and Pakleni Archipelago, a complex of six islands blanketed with a green forest and known for their nudist beaches. Nature and culture are complemented by coves with crystalline waters, like Uvala Skozanje, and parties that last until dawn. This idyllic combination has conquered the hearts of Hollywood artists, young Europeans and newlyweds. A more relaxed version of Ibiza, with a discreet glamour.
Hvar is also known as ‘the violet island’ because of its lavender fields.

Hvar beyond Hvar

In addition to its capital, the island of Hvar has several interesting corners, including Stari Grad, the oldest city in Croatia. Its grasslands, Ager de Faros, are a World Heritage Site. Vbroska, known as Little Venice, is also worth a visit.

Carpe Diem Beach is the summer version of the most famous club in the city, Carpe Diem. Besides non-stop music, there are football and volleyball courts, a spa, and gourmet food at Stipanska bay. To enjoy its 2,500 square metres of leisure, you have to catch a boat taxi. Hula Hula Hvar is another favourite for dancing after (or during) a day at the beach. The beach club opens at 9am and has a boat rental service, sun loungers and a dance floor, all on the seaside.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are two of the VIP guests who have visited the exclusive Hula Hula Hvar.
You will find it just five minutes from Amfora hotel, a place of pure luxury, with a swimming pool comprising artificial waterfalls. Other five-star options are the Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel, with views of the historic centre, and Riva Yacht Harbour, which welcomes its guests with two free bottles of Prosecco and dark chocolate. Here, you can sleep in the company of James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, whose faces decorate the room. This touch of chic suits Hvar, which is as flawless as Beyoncé.

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