VISIT SUCURAJ ON ISLAND HVAR WITH ME (TWO COATS, TWO OUTFITS)
Today I'm sharing two outfit proposals and one travel proposal with you. The travel proposal is charming Sucuraj on island Hvar, a place I visited twice in two days before the Christmas holidays (if you read this post then you know why). Anyhow, the first outfit proposal features a camel coat, a grey dress, a printed scarf and a pair brown boots. The second outfit is all about my favourite magenta coat and the suit up look. I do believe suits are going to be a big trend this year. I wrote about it here. Both outfits were quite warm and comfortable, simply perfect for this time of year.
THE STORY OF AN OUTFIT- HOW I WORE IT BEFORE
This outfit is composed of only four clothing items, but it was quite cozy nevertheless. All of these items I had before so I'll link up posts where I'm wearing them:
2. a printed scarf (this lovely scarf was a gift from fellow blogger Ely and I wore it previously here, here and here)
4. a pair of high brown boots (previously worn here, here, here , here, here, here, here , here and here).My second styling has already been featured on this blog here, so I'll go to right to linking these items. The grey suit is second hand item (blazer worn here). I wore this magenta coat many times in the past (links here, here, here, here , here and here). The tartan scarf is a new, it was a gift and I wore it previously here. The heeled Šimecki boots are another old item, worn previously here, here, here, here , here, here , here, here , here , here, here, here , here , here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here , here, here , here and here.
I have already wrote about the history of this place in my older posts. Long story short, Sucuraj is more than 2300 years old. During its history it has been destroyed and rebuild many times. Sucuraj was first inhabited by Ilyrians, an ancient European tribe that has merged with the Slavic, Greek and Albanian tribes centuries ago European history being dynamic as is, this island has often changed 'owners', that is, it belonged to different states and kingdoms. The history of this place is pretty interesting. For more information, visit my old posts:
1. CATCHING A FERRY IN SUĆURAJ ISLAND HVAR, CROATIA
2. VISITING SUĆURAJ ON ISLAND HVAR: WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN SUNNY SUCURAJ (ISLAND HVAR) DURING WINTER
Let's talk a bit about Sucuraj (spelled Sućuraj in Croatian, official Sucuraj site here). Sucuraj is a touristic settlement and a small port. This place is the official centre of the eastern part of Hvar island. It has more than 2700 hours of sunshine per year and that means that statistically, it is one of the sunniest towns. It is actually very close to the mainland (5 km), so close that a ferry ride from Drvenik (the coastal port) typically takes less than half an hour. Sucuraj is tiny but charming. There are less than 400 inhabitants living in Sucuraj but this place has its own school, hospital and a tourist office. I'm not sure is the tourist office open during the winter, though.
STROLLING AROUND, HIKING AND ENJOYING LOVELY VIEWS UNDER THE SUN
Winter here are pretty mild (but at times windy) and you can expect to enjoy a fair number of sunny days that will allow you to enjoy in wonderful views this place offers. I'm mentioning the views because the placement of this little port is fantastic, it has a view of both sides of the island. If you look at one side, you can see the Croatian coastline and on the other side you can see semisland Pelješac and island Korčula. One of the things you can do here, besides catching a ferry, strolling around is to visit historical churches. There is no admission fee for the churches. The stores are open during the winter, but there is only one cafe from what I've seen. In winter, going swimming or trying out water sports isn't an option for most people but you can still enjoy a nice day at the beach. There are quite a few beautiful beaches to choose from. This town is tiny so you can see all of it fairly quickly. If you are planning a short visit, you can basically walk everyone. A short visit is actually a nice idea, especially in winter when swimming isn't an option for most. You can also do a one day visit thing, catch the ferry, and go back to the mainland the same day. The advantage of visiting this place in the winter is avoiding the crowds and the disadvantage is that you will probably not be able to enjoy the crystal clean sea. Unless you are brave and can face a colder sea and it's not a very cold sea either. At an average of 15- 16 degrees Celsius, Adriatic winter temperature is still warmer than many rivers in summer time.
VISITING THE HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND CHURCHES
There are few historical attractions in this town and well and they include:
- a Franciscan monastery from the 9th century,
- a fortress from the 17th century,
- a church of saint Anthony from the 17th century century,
- a church of saint George from the 19th century (that includes remains of a much older church),
- a stone lighting house from the 19th century.
THE CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE
The Church of Saint George (Crkva sv. Jurja) is a beautiful neoromantic nineteenth century church build next to the remains of an older church. The Church of Saint George was build in 1863. In the garden in front of the church you can see the remains of the older church that was mentioned in the historical documents of 14th century but its true age is not known. You can see and visit these ruins as well. They are placed right next to the church in the garden. Bellow you can see the photographs of the church from the inside and inside as well as the photographs of the garden with the ruins.
THE CHURCH OF SAINT ANTHONY (CRKVA SV. ANTE)
The church of saint Anthony is a baroque church. It was built in the seventeenth centuries by refugees who came to this island trying to escape the Ottoman invasion and colonization attempts. I didn't go inside of this church of Saint Anthony because I was short on time and I'm not even sure whether the church was open or not when I was there. However, I did a little online research and found out that it contains valuable paintings and statues.