Locals on the Adriatic island of Hvar have cultivated olive groves and vineyards since Greek colonists arrived in the 4th century
The island of Hvar is located in the Adriatic Sea, off the Dalmatian coast. To the north, the island of Brač lies across the Hvar Channel (Hvarski kanal), to the west is Vis separated by the Vis Channel, and to the south Korččula lies across the Korčula Channel, while the Pelješac Peninsula is across the Neretva Channel. The eastern end of Hvar is just 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the mainland. Along the southern coast of the island there are several smaller islands, notably the Pakleni islands at the western end and Šćedro island, while Zečevo island lies off the north coast.
The Pakleni islands are located off the southwest coast of the island of Hvar opposite the entrance to the Hvar (city) harbour. The name is popularly translated as Hells’ islands but it originally derives from paklina, an archaic word, from which pakleni too is derived, that means “tar”, and in this case refers to the pine resin once used to coat ships that was harvested on these islands.
Front of the town of Hvar there are some twenty islands called Forski škoji (Islands of Hvar), representing Hvar tourist resort. For all those looking for the charming summer vacation they offer the abundance of sunny beaches, restaurants, and all kinds of other intersting places for mind and body as well.