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The location of Stari Grad
The popular coastal town is located in Croatia, in the county of Split-Dalmatia. It is on the west side of Hvar Island, on the two shores of Starogrojska Bay. Due to its favourable location, it is a perfect starting point when exploring the nearby Brač, Šolta and Vis Islands.
The history of Stari Grad
Stari Grad is the oldest establishment on Hvar Island and Croatia at the same time – it is one of the first towns in all of Europe. The town has a history of over 2400 years – it was established in 384 BC by Greek settlers who named it Faros. The former establishment has not been not completely excavated to this day. Only a few fragments were preserved such as the 11 metres tall Greek walls. However, the town has several monuments from Roman times. Mosaic floors, wall remains and ruins of old spas have been preserved. Thanks to the vineyards and olive plantations, Stari Grad Plain has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
The climate of Stari Grad
Stari Grad has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry with many hours of sunshine, while winters are mild but humid. The average highest temperature is 25.2° Celsius in July, and 8.7° Celsius in January. The temperature of the sea might reach 25.1° Celsius in August, so it is ideal for swimming. We recommend that you visit Stari Grad anytime between May and September.
The main sights to see in Stari Grad
You must definitely visit the nearby Glavica Hill, from where there is a wonderful view of the town, as well as the close Brač Island. Stari Grad has several beautiful buildings to see. Some of its main sights are Hektorović Castle, Church of Saint Rocco and the Dominican Monastery.
The gastronomy of Stari Grad
If you are looking for a delicious meal, the Konoba Batana restaurant is a great choice. We mainly recommend trying tuna and truffle pasta here. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere and a caring staff. The restaurant Antika won’t disappoint you either – their frutti di mare pasta is a must-try. If you are looking for a refreshing cocktail, you should visit the Lampedusa bar.
Beaches in Stari Grad
The pebbly concrete beach is located in a small bay, 1 kilometre to the northwest from Stari Grad centre. Due to its shallow water, we particularly recommend it to families with children. They provide changing rooms, showers and you can also rent lounges. If you are hungry, there is a restaurant with a beautiful terrace nearby. The beach is ideal for snorkelling as well as playing water polo.
The sandy beach is located 2.5 kilometres to the southwest from the town centre. The water is shallow here, so families with small children often come to visit. If you choose this beach, we recommend that you pack some food and drink, and you should take your sunshades, too.
Rent a boat in Stari Grad
Sailing has always had an exceptional significance at this peaceful resort, so it is a perfect starting point when visiting other areas in Middle Dalmatia. We are going to show you several ports with high-quality services nearby.
Marina Stari Grad
The port of this cosy town can accept a total of 150 boats. The depth of the water is 13 metres near the entrance, and 4–5 metres at the town pier. They offer cafés, restaurants and an information office as well.
Port of Hvar
This popular docking place of Hvar Island provides protection against the northern wind. However, southern and northwestern winds can cause significant waves. They offer several high-quality services including fuelling. Information about sailing in Hvar, or rent a boat in Hvar
Marina Sveti Klement
ACI Marina Palmižana is one of the safest harbours on the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the northeastern part of Saint Klement Island, which belongs to the Pakleni archipelago. It is open seasonally, from the 1st of April until the 31st of October. There are 180 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 30 metres. The maximum depth of the water is 3–8 metres. They provide showers, Wi-Fi, cafés, restaurants and you can even find a grocery store here.
The port of Bol is located on the southern coast of Brač Island, about halfway between Milna and Sumartin. Because of its small size, it can be hard to find a free berth during the main season. The depth of the water is 6–7 metres near the entrance and 2 metres at the pier. They provide drinking water, electricity, laundry as well as cafés and restaurants. Information about Bol sailing, or rent a boat in Bol
If you sail around Stari Grad, don’t miss the other wonderful holiday resorts around Hvar Island either. Bol, Sumartin, Povlja, Pučišća, Supetar, Sutivan and Milna are also excellent destinations. Find yacht routes in Hvar island or choose another boat rental in Hvar island.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Stari Grad. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Stari Grad shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Stari Grad shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Stari Grad, and cruise around Stari Grad
Day 1. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Bol 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 2. Bol – Sumartin 18, 33 km (11, 39 mi), Day 3. Sumartin – Povlja 13, 54 km (8, 42 mi), Day 4. Povlja – Pučišća 11, 06 km (6, 87 mi), Day 5. Pučišća – Supetar 17, 50 10, 87, Day 6. Supetar – Sutivan 6, 30 km (3, 91 mi), Day 7. Sutivan – Milna (Brač-island, Marina Vlaska) – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 33, 96 km (21, 10 mi).
Day 1. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Bol 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 2. Bol – Sućuraj 47, 28 km (29, 38 mi), Day 3. Sućuraj – Lovište 22, 07 km (13, 72 mi), Day 4. Lovište – Vela Luka 42, 09 km (26, 15 mi), Day 5. Vela Luka – Komiža 57, 84 km (35, 94 mi), Day 6. Komiža – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) 37, 11 km (23, 06 mi), Day 7. St Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – Hvar – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 26, 96 km (16, 75 mi).
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