Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hvar, the Island of Lavender: Festivals, Oils, Souvenirs and Superheroes

Away from the beaches and into the hills, Hvar is a spectacular combination of colours set against the azure seas and green forests. The plant for which Hvar is most famous, of course, is lavender, and the island is a purple aromatic delight in June and July as the lavender comes into bloom. Click here for more on the history of lavender on Hvar.

Lavender makes an ideal gift, either as dried flowers, oil or scented souvenirs from Hvar, and one lesser known festival worth exploring in June is the lavender festival in Velo Grablje, once the centre of lavender production in Dalmatia.

A more recent and certainly more quirky effect of lavender on one local resident is the birth of Hvar's very own superhero. You can read more about the origins and exploits of Lavanderman here.

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