• Town walls and fortress, Hvar, Croatia
    Hvar Fortress


Hvar Island — which insists it's both the sunniest and greenest in Dalmatia — is known for its excellent wines (grapes love the island's perfect combination of wind and sunshine), stony terraces, and smattering of fragrant lavender fields. The island's main town, also called Hvar, has recently gained a certain hip cachet and upscale-ritzy “Croatian Riviera” buzz, turning this tidy Dalmatian fishing village into one of the most popular destinations in Croatia. While some may find Hvar's relative glitz off-putting, the setting is undeniably gorgeous, and the island provides a cosmopolitan contrast to its lowbrow rival, Korčula.