seasonal activitiy, for the small groups, min 4 people
with an island brunch / supper included!
Did you know that a small village on Hvar which until recently had a population of just five people was once the centre of lavender production for all Dalmatia? Or that just 50 years ago, this fragrant island accounted for 8% of the world’s lavender production?
Sadly economic hardship and devastating forest fires have decimated that lavender industry, but Hvar’s lavender story is a fascinating one, and one which is undergoing a revival with the rebirth of that village, Velo Grablje. Thanks to the work of some enthusiastic locals with links to the village, the village is thriving thanks to its lavender heritage, and its population has increased to 14, there is a restaurant, winter pub and its most famous attraction, the annual Lavender Festival at the end of June.
This seasonal tour (lavender is in bloom usually from late May until mid-July, with the best time to visit in late June to coincide with the festival) includes an expert guide to take you through the aromatic fields, where you will learn the harsh realities of life in Dalmatia before tourism. The walk will include a tour of Velo Grablje and its two small churches, one of Dalmatia’s most atmospheric villages, followed by lunch or dinner in the village, complete with a capella traditional Dalmatia singing.
This half day program for small groups starts at 09:00 or, late afternoon at 17:00. We’ll visit the lavender fields around Velo Grablje, just a 10 min drive from Hvar Old Town. After our 45 min gentle walk we’ll reach the Velo Grablje lavender distillery where we will take a brief tour to see how lavender is made into aromatics. Then we will stroll to a central part of the village visiting the St.Kuzma and Damian church where you will enjoy local traditional a cappella singing, Then it’s time for either a delicious brunch or supper prepared using local delicacies served on the central square of the Velo Grablje, or if bad weather at the house of your host.
We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar Town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
9AM for morning program or 5PM for afternoon program. This tour can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please ask us what your unique requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price.
We will end this tour where you wish – at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know
This is a half day program.
125 EUR per person. For more people please ask us for a quote.
Pick up, the program as described, brunch or dinner with wine, refreshments(water, beer, wine, local brandy)
This program includes lunch or dinner, but not gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use. Please bring also hat, sun cream and a towel because it is hot, especially in the afternoon hours.
Cultural, Traditional, Nature, Youth and Family
Air conditioned van with 8 seats or with Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitshubishi Pajero – both 4WD vehicles.
Mild physical exercise