Fortica Spanjola, The Fortress of Hvar




On a photo outing, Tony and I climbed deep through the streets of Hvar Town, then up the switchback roads to the Fortica Spanjola. The Fortress dates back to the 1 millennium BCE when it was first built as by Dalmatian Illyrians. The current Fortica Spanjola was created in the 16th Century to protect the port below.

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Entrance to the fortress is open, and only costs around 4 Kuna. Once inside we explored the interior walls and made our way down to the prison cells, which were creepy, especially for paradise. From the turrets and main walls the views reach past the Pakleni islands, where you get a perfect view of the arrangement of the islands and their proximity to Hvar Town. The view of the Marina and surrounded hillsides are amazing. We were there in late afternoon, which made for a great warm sun-cast of bright orange on the red roof tiled houses that run up and down the hills around Hvar Town.

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We hiked back down tracing our way through new back streets getting shots of the low sun darting between the arches and alcoves of ancients rock walls. the locals were very friendly, but not really seen. The streets were quite and peaceful.

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