If you ever find yourself located in Croatia near the Adriatic Coast you need to visit the amazing Hvar Island. Hvar island combines the beauty of crystal clear blue waters as well as a unique hiking experience at the hills with a breathtaking view! The island is a natural beauty as the variety of Mediterranean plants and the stunning waters make the ideal scenery for relaxation away from the busy lifestyle. There are plenty of things to do in Hvar. You can admire the architecture of the Old Town and the abandoned villages, take a wine tour, swim in the turquoise waters and most importantly visit the lavender fields. During the months of May and June the island is covered in distinct purple colors due to the blossoms of Lavender.The dry and sunny climate in Hvar is considered to be perfect for cultivating and growing lavender fields and that’s the main reason why Hvar is also known as ‘The Lavender Island’. In the past Hvar, Lavandin was produced in large quantities as the cultivation and sale of Lavender was the only income of many households.
Lavender is mainly known to be a stress and anxiety reliever but can be used for different reasons such as a beauty enhancing product for skin, hair as well as a medicine due to its therapeutic benefits. You can find Lavender in many other forms such as Soaps, Essential Oil, Fragrance etc.
The unique aroma and taste is what distinguishes Lavender from other plants. Did you know that Lavender oil could do wonders to your skin? That’s right. Lavender oil can help treat acne, prevent wrinkles and reduce dark spots on the skin. Also, it is perfect to use as a remedy for sunburns during summertime as it alleviates pain and soothes the skin. Moreover, If you wish to have strong, healthy and long hair, Lavender is a great option to achieve that! Apart from the beauty benefits, Lavender has powerful benefits to your health as well. Lavender oil can help soothe stomach cramps and digestive problems and boost the gut system thanks to the antioxidants. Moreover, this essential oil is recommended for toothaches and earaches due to its relief pain effect. It is scientifically proven that Lavender kills bacteria and can be used as an anti-inflammatory. Lavender is also antimicrobial and antifungal, meaning that it can protect from UV rays, pollutants and other environmental factors. Last but not least, Lavender has a calming effect that can help cure insomnia and lead to a better sleep quality.
The easiest way to access Hvar Island is by taking the ferry boat from the port of Split which is only a few minutes away from the old town. During June till the end of September, there are more frequent ferry departures to the island and the ferry trip lasts about an hour. It is a very enjoyable journey as you pass through the Adriatic sea, you can see the gold shores of the Croatian Islands. Most of Lavender fields in Hvar are located in Zastrazisce, Gdinj, Bogomolje and Brusje. The best way to visit the Lavender fields is by renting a car or taking a taxi, as the bus rides aren’t that frequent. If you are a fan of hiking, this is a great option for you! Moreover, it needs to be pointed out that the production of Lavender is more limited now. However, locals make sure to preserve the tradition of Lavender. In mid July the annual Lavender Festival takes place in the village of Velo Grablje, which lasts a couple of days and many visitors take the opportunity to educate themselves about this magical medicinal plant, its production and its uses. You can find all over Hvar, products made by Lavender, sold in shops or stands by the inhabitants. Get a taste of lavender ice cream, cakes coated with lavender juice, lavender scented honey and many more. Hvar lavender products make the most unique souvenir whose smell will remind you of the amazing moments in the Adriatic sea.