Restaurant Gariful Recommended by The Wall Street Journal

By Ivana Vrselja June 10, 2012 Blog

With the onset of the main season, the beaches are filling up and there is a buzz around town. Part of that buzz is created by the many journalists who visit the island during the summer, and whose words are read far beyond our shores.

The latest piece in the international media has been published by The Wall Street Journal, and covers Hvar, Stari Grad and the Pakleni Islands, including Restaurant Gariful. Entitled Hop It – Restless travelers can jump from island to island with our itineraries for a trio of archipelagos, the Hvar piece begins…

WHILE MOST PEOPLE head to Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island, for chic beachside parties, there is far more to it. To explore Hvar’s unsung highlights, take the car ferry from Split, Dalmatia’s capital, to the ancient town of Stari Grad on Hvar’s western coast.

Start by exploring Tvrdalj Castle, a Renaissance structure once owned by poet Petar Hektorović, with a fish pond and poems carved into the stone walls. Walk up the hill to the 1482 Dominican monastery to peek at “The Mourning of Christ,” a painting attributed to Tintoretto.

Stroll down the alleyways to Fantazam ( an art gallery that displays surreal jewelry and sculptures made out of found natural materials like seashells, bones and wood. Have lunch at the rickety townhouse that hides Antika (Donja Kola), serving Adriatic staples such as squid ink risotto.

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