Walking into Stari Grad Plain

   
                                                                     
These walks take you into the cultivated area betwen Stari Grad and Jelsa. The fields, you will walking trough, were first laid out by Greek colonists in the 4th century BC. The pattern is largely unchanged today and has been on UNESCO List since 2008. There are Greek and Roman remains that make good destinations for walks. Autumn, when the grapes or olives are being harvested, is is especially pleasant. Walking trough Stari Grad Plain to Maslinovik, Kupinovik or to Vrboska, Basina and Mudri Dolac Bay will give you opportunity learn more about past and present of the Island of Hvar.




 
Maslinovik - 1 hour return 

This is a peaceful area to walk through planted with vines, and olive and fig trees. At Maslinovik there are remains of Greek watchtower from the 4th century BC. From here you can see other Greek remains-Tor above Jelsa and Purkin Kuk in the hills above Stari Grad-as well as the tower of the cathedral in Stari Grad. Start by walking along the right hand side (with the sea behind you) of the park in the centre of town going towards the bus station. Carry straight on along the paved road (do not turn and go past the bus station) and when it does a sharp right hand turn, go straight ahead with the electricity sub-station on jour right. Almost immediately the road becomes a wide,straight unsurfaced road(that goes to Vrboska). Carry straight on when you come to the cross-roads with a sign to Kupinovik and, after about 20 minutes from the start of the walk, you will come to a very clear-roads-this is the central point from which the Greek settlers marked the fields, a pattern still clearly visible today. Here you turn left and walk towards the low hill ahead of you. After another 10 minutes or so you will see to your right and a little uphill a ruined farmhouse-make for this and you will find the Maslinovik remains behind the house. Although there is not much more than the remains of a few walls, it is atmospheric and provides good views over the fields and towards the ridge running down the spine of the island. 

 
Kupovnik - 1 hour return 

This is a gentle walk through the fields bringing you to Kupinovik, the site of a Roman villa of the first or second century AD. There is not a lot to see but it makes a pleasant walk, especially in the early evening. It is a well signposted walk through a peaceful area planted with olive and figs trees and vines. 
Start by walking along the right hand side (with the sea behind you) of the park in the centre of town going towards the bus station. Carry straight on along the paved road ( do not turnright on the road going past the bus station) and when the road does a sharp right hand turn, go straight ahead, with the electricity substation on your right. Almost immediately the road becomes a wide unsurfacedroad (that goes to Vrboska). Go straight ahead on this road and after about 15 minutes when you reach a cross-roads you will see a sign directing you to Kupinovik along an unpaved track to jour riht. Take this and in a further 10 minutes you will see another sign marking a narrow path on your right to Kupinovik. This path can be a little overgrown, but in a few minutes you will arrive at the site. 

 
Mudri Dolac and Basina - 2 hours 30 minutes return 

These two small seaside are quiet and pretty, mostly used for summer holidays. Start by walking along the right hand side ( with the sea behind you) of the park in the centre of town going towards the bus station. Carry straight on (do not turn right onto the road past the bus station) and when a few minutes later the road does a sharp right hand turn, go straight ahead, with the electricity substatin on your right. Almost immediately the road becomes a wide unsurfaced road (this is road to Vrboska). Go straight ahead and after a while the road passes Hvar s airfield and a little later the road is surfaced. When you come to the first cross-roads after the point where the road is surfaced, turn left and walk towards the hills separating the agricultural fields from the sea. As you climb up the hill you will move into a more forested area. Just after the crest of the hill you will come to a sign directing you to either Mudri Dolac or Basina. 
You can return the way you came or, if you want to vary it, you might return by walking to Vrboska and taking the bus back to Stari Grad from there. Vrboska is well worth a visit and the fortified church is especially interesting (it was fortified against pirates). There are restorants, cafes and two small supermarkets. 

 
Vrboska from Stari Grad - 2 hous and 30 minutes return 

Start by walking along the right hand side (with the sea behind you) of the park in the centre of town going towards the bus station. Carry straight on along the road (do not turn right to go past the bus station) and when it does a sharp right hand turn, go straight ahead, with the electricity sub-station on jour right. Almost immediately the road becomes a wide unsurfaced road. Go straight ahead and after a while the road passes Hvar’s airfield and a little later the road is surfaced. Go straight ahead, crossing straight over the first cross-roads on the paved road and continue until you reach a junction with a main road. Here you turn left and for about 1 km you have to follow this busier road. After turn left and down to the end of the canal-like inlet that is one of the chief features of Vrboska. Follow the inlet through some pretty stone built houses until you reach the centre where the water brooadens and there is a small island. The bus stop is on the left hand side of the inlet across a small bridge as you look out to sea (but if you are planning to return by bus, check the times of zhe buses before setting out from Stari Grad as they are not always very frequent). Vrboska is delightful (the tourist literature often makes a reference to its similarity with Venice-but this just means it has some water and bridges ). It is worth walking along the harbour' s edge to the marina, as well as exploring the old centre dominated by the fortified church. There are several pleasant cafes and restaurants and a small supermarket. 

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BUS TIMETABLE

Bus Timetable valid from 30th of June to 1st of October, 2017 you can find out here

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TAXI SERVICE IN STARI GRAD

Check phone number of Stari Grad Taxi Service here.

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FERRY TIMETABLE TO/FROM ISLAND OF HVAR

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