Due to its extremely important position in the center of the main sea routes, history has left many traces on Hvar, perhaps more than on any other Adriatic island. The constant struggles for supremacy that have been waged in this area between the various invaders are only a confirmation of the significance and value that this territory has had since ancient times.
The first evidence of life in this area dates back to prehistoric times, when the discovery of painted pottery in Marko and Grapčeva Caves defined a separate Hvar culture. It is interesting that the oldest representation of a ship in Europe was found on fragments of a vessel from Grapčeva špilja.
Today, Hvar is often called the "Croatian St-Tropez", and is one of the most popular Croatian islands. The town of Hvar has become a major destination for entertainment from all over the world. One of the main features of Hvar is sunlight. The island of Hvar is blessed with 2718 hours of sunshine a year, which makes it the sunniest Croatian island.