personal thoughts from Ante Lacman
Being born and raised here, my friends and I who work at Hvar Tours are spoiled. Spoiled by the endless beauty of living on one of the top 10 islands in the world! There’s so much to marvel at here – from the simple joy of picking olives with your family (taking breaks to enjoy some great bread, cheese and wine!) to discovering yet another magnificent hidden cove that becomes your newest “romantic” place to swim. My favorite time on Hvar is September and October – it’s the most perfect time of year to enjoy the essence of Hvar. The time when you can finally be with all the people you couldn’t see during the height of the season because we were all so busy! So it’s the time when local people are more relaxed and the smile has returned to their faces. And it’s also the time to really enjoy the best of Hvar’s great cuisine because the restaurants chefs also have more time and happy to see their friends. And the most important reason why I love this period is because of the sea – swimming and enjoying in the majestic landscape of Hvar archipelago. Our pristine bays and hidden inlets are less crowded so you can easily pick your favorite place to swim and still enjoy the warm sun. And finally I love this period because it’s olive harvest time – a time of joy and happiness of being with your family on what seems to be almost daily picnics out in the groves with the fresh air and sun streaming through the ancient trees.
But all of these memories and pleasures would be worth nothing without the love and support from my mother and father. Because of them all the doors in every house on this island are open for me and my guests. For almost half a century my mother has been working for the retirement office here on the island helping everyone she can to solve the many issues they have to deal with during this stressful period. My father is the chief accountant for the island’s biggest agricultural cooperative also has worked hard to help local farmers make sure their products could find their way to market. These wonderful people have taught me not only how to enjoy island life – from picking olives to the pleasure of how to prepare a great meal to understanding that what’s important about life is love, friends, honesty, loyalty and respect for nature.