If charming Dalmatian sea towns are your thing, then Hvar and Vela Luka are right up your limestone alley. The Monkey had the good fortune to call at both ports during his Croatian travels in 2002.
At the western end of Korcula island, the Monkey visited the small but picturesque town of Vela Luka. Like Dubrovnik, Korcula, and Hvar, Vela Luka’s history is very much tied to maritime pursuits and it boasts a good harbor. In this shot, the Monkey contemplates a seafaring life in the harbor at Vela Luka, Hvar. He opted to remain a landlubber for the time being.
On Korcula Island, the Monkey paused for a (slightly off-kilter) photo by Vela Luka’s 19th Century St. Joseph Church, built in the native limestone of the Dalmatian coast.
After some pleasant days on Korcula, the Monkey took the ferry to Hvar Island. There, he visited another of the Croatian Adriatic’s gorgeous towns. Driving through hilly fields of lavender and stone walls, he arrived in Hvar Town. With its limestone facades, narrow hilly passageways, and grandiose central plaza, Hvar was a joy to explore. Aside from the excellence of its harbor, the Monkey also noted Hvar’s public theater, which dates to 1612 and is considered by many to be the oldest public theater in Europe. Here the Monkey looks out over Hvar’s Stari Grad (Old Town) from the hilltop 16th Century fortress.
Higher yet above Hvar Town, the Monkey contemplates one of his most serene moments in the Balkans. Sea, land, stone buildings, and centuries of history combine harmonically to produce an unforgettable view. In the distance are the distinctive shapes of the Hvar Islets, a symbol of Hvar town.
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