The town of Stari Grad has been an important port in the Mediterranean for millennia and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe.
There are Illyrian remains from the 5th century BC, and Greek, Roman, Slav and Venetian influences on its architecture. It was colonised by Greek settlers from the island of Paros in 394 BC and their agricultural system of dry stone walls, stone shelters and water storage systems is still in use today. The Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a nature reserve, and the island has a rich diversity of wild plant and algae species. There are also a wide range of musical and theatrical groups, several museums and cultural centres. The island is renowned for its lace making and the famous iced biscuits (paprenjok).
After the success of the Patchwork Meadow and Wildflower Festival in 2013 events are being finalised for 2014. The programme for the 2014 Wildflower Festival will be posted as soon as it is confirmed.
The best places to see wild plants and algae are in the nature reserve of the Stari Grad Plain, along the coasts, in the forests, and on the nearby Pakleni Islands which are recognised as an Important Plant Area under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Please visit the Stari Grad Tourism website to find out more about the island, the festival and how you can visit.
Please click here to watch a short film about the Hvar Lavender Festival