Franciscan monastery, Hvar
This monastery occupies an idyllic site on a headland overlooking the sea. Built from 1465, only two monks still live here. Its museum boasts some amazing works such as a fresco of the Last Supper (17C) and a rare Atlas by Ptolemy, printed in 1524. Take a stroll around the enchanting garden and admire the 400-year-old cypress trees. In the church don't miss the extravagant Baroque rood-screen, the stone rood-screen in the side chapel, a Crucifixion by Bassano from the early 17C, and the painting of the Stigmata of St Francis by Palma the Younger.
Phone:+385 21 741 193
Jun-Sep: 10am-noon, 5pm-7pm; Oct-May: by appointment
Croatia : Island hopping between Split and Dubrovnik
The Dalmatian coast is rich and varied enough to cater for all types of holidaymakers. Depending on your taste you can enjoy scuba diving in the Blue Grotto on the island of Bisevo, chilling out on Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brac, or culture vulturing in the towns of Hvar and Korcula. This itinerary takes in all these activities and takes you down the coast in stages, finishing with a memorable visit to the city of Dubrovnik.Discover
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