CLIMBING THE FORTRESS FORTIZA IN HVAR CITY, CROATIA

I'm very excited to share with you my recent visit to a historical fortress known as Fortiza or Spanjola. Overlooking Hvar city (on island Hvar), this sixteen century fortress offers amazing panoramic views. I already blogged about landmarks in Hvar city (see here) and you've had the chance of seeing this outfit before (here), so today I'll just focus on showing this lovely historical fortress to you. I've actually been meaning to climb this fortress for a long time, but I only managed to do it recently. As most people climb it in summer time, at least I'm offering a fresh perspective with my winter visit. What is so great about this fortress is that it's actually a part of the city itself. So, you'll basically be exploring the city itself while you climb it. Isn't that great? Let's get started!

We went through the entrance door and found ourselves in the old part of the town. There are many markings and signs showing you where to take turns to get to the fortress top, so you don't have to be afraid of getting lost. In the unlikely case you do get lost, you can always ask for directions. Besides, you shouldn't be afraid to explore the city a little, should you? I don't know about you, but I just love the feeling of being surrounded by so much history. These stone houses are so beautiful, aren't they? Enclosed within the forest walls, I felt not only that the time has stopped but that I was transported to some other era and time. 


HOW TO CLIMB THE FORTRESS IN HVAR? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? 
It's very simple. Just follow the markings on the walls or ask for directions. When you get to the highest point, there will be a door. It is open in winter, but I think there is a small admission fee in the summer. As you climb higher, don't forget to take advantage of the views to take some unforgettable photographs. Now, the time it will actually take you to get on the top will probably depend on the amount of times you get distracted by beautiful views. Without stops, I would say it takes about 20 minutes to get to the top if you're walking slowly, 15 minutes at a medium pace and 10 minutes at a very fast pace. However, as I said, you'll probably be distracted by picture taking and views so it might take you something like half an hour. 

 WHAT ARE SOME OF HVAR CITY MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS? 
Hvar city is quite old and as such it certainly has quite a few noteworthy historical sights. The most famous landmarks include: the oldest European theatre for commoners, the 16th century city cathedral and the 16th century fortress. Yes, the fortress in one the most famous landmarks of the city. 
I really enjoyed the climb the lot and the views most of all. I kept taking breaks, not so much to rest, as to enjoy the views. When we got to the entrance to the highest part of the forest, we discovered that it leads through a Mediterranean garden. I had no idea that this historic Mediterranean garden existed. I'm not sure what it looks like in the summer, but in winter it looks quite nice. It is not very diverse, though but rather dominated by giant agava plants, palms trees and cacti. Not that I'm complaining. 
DR. JOSIP AVELINI PARK:  MEDITERRANEAN HERB GARDEN 
Basically, to get to the very top of the forest, you need to walk through this Mediterranean herb garden. I think this is perhaps my favourite part of the climb. I imagine it must be quite refreshing in the summer months. Do you think that is why the park was made in the first place? That's an idea. Anyhow, who doesn't like a nice Mediterranean herbs park? When it comes with these kind of views, one has to be one happy visitor. 

IS THE CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE FORTRESS HARD?
Not at all. It was much easier than I expected. Somehow from the far the fortress looks higher than it actually is. Besides, as I explained, getting there is half the fun and even if it wasn't, the views would be well worth the effort. 

WHY CLIMB THE HVAR FORTIZA (AKA SPANOLA) FORTRESS?  
First of all, because it is a stunning historical building. Secodly, because it is not a difficult climb, nor is it monotonous. In fact, the views while climbing are just as pretty as those on the top. Thirdly, as beautiful as the views are along the way, the panorama that you will get from the top of the fortress is absolutely amazing. There was no admission fee when we visited, I think the admission fee is only charged in the summer and even then it's not very high. 

 To conclude, climbing the Hvar Fortiza fortress was a lovely experience. I actually had a touch of fever that day and a dreadful cold, but I still managed to enjoy the experience. It is hard to be miserable when one is surrounded by so much beauty, even when one is a bit under the weather. Well, that would be all for day. Tell me how do you like the view from the top? I absolutely love how from the top of the fortress you can get not only a full panoramic view of Hvar city but also of the other islands and islets near by. Isn't this view beautiful?

 As always, thank you for reading and visiting. I hope you have enjoyed visiting the Hvar city historical fortress with me. Have a lovely day!

Comments

  1. I am dying to go to Croatia and I love being active so it seems like you had a great time at the fortress :)

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    1. thank you dear, happy to hear that. I hope you get to visit and enjoy Croatia!

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  2. Looks like such a fun place to climb and explore and you got some beautiful photos there! I like the pink bag matching your outfit too with the pink knit! :)


    Hope that you have a lovely weekend ahead of you! :) We will be having a quiet one.

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  3. Когда я вижу твои фото из Хорватии, я все больше хочу туда поехать! Конечно эта страна давно в моем списке "must see", но я все больше задумываюсь, что хочу увидеть ее не когда-нибудь, а прямо сейчас))

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  4. Oh so cute like always darlin~ My best wishes and blessinga to you in this new year
    xz

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  5. Croatia is so beautiful! Hvar Island and especially that view from the fortress you are showing us ist absolutely stunning!
    I also like your Look very much! That mini dress suits you and how you matched it with the cardigan, bag and the coat... looks amazing!

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  6. wow it was worth to arrive to the top! :)
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  7. Wonderful experiences to get the top and the views are so amazing!
    The herb garden must smell so good and fresh!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. What a stunning place to visit. If those walls could talk! The views are incredible. I would have really enjoyed that garden. I hope you are feeling better Ivana!

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  10. Utvrda izgleda predivno, nisam znala da postoji na otoku Hvaru. Iz tvog posta svaki put nešto novo naučim te svakako kada ga posjetim voljela bih se popeti gore jer je pogled nevjerovatan. Sretna Nova Godina.

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    1. Ima nekoliko utvrda, nekih manjih, nekih većih, a i neke crkve imaju utvrde oko sebe.

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  11. This place is stunning and I just love these stone houses.
    Happy 2020 my beautiful friend!

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  12. Great photos, looks lovely and your outfit is nice :-D

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  13. Kochana, bardzo podoba mi się Twoja kurteczka :) śliczne zdjęcia :)

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  14. What an awe-inspiring place steeped in history Hvar Fortress is. The views are pretty spectacular too and how charming are those ancient streets. I would probably be distracted many times, making my journey much longer! I'm sure it will look quite differently in Summer, but Winter does have the advantage of there being less of a crowd, and better views as the trees have lost most of their leaves. Thank you for taking me along on your journey, Ivana! xxx

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    1. I'm actually glad I got to visit it in winter, it so less crowded to say the least...we pretty much had the whole fortress to ourselves and only saw a couple of people on our way- none of which were tourists.

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  15. Ooh, I love a hike to a viewpoint - that looks amazing! Love your cute outfit, too, Ivana!

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  16. Everything looks great! Thank you for share this! 🌺🌸


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  17. Beautiful looks, the photos are very beautiful too! The place in the photos is beautiful, it seems to delight the visitors a lot.
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