The Island of Hvar Nominated for Best European Destination 2018

The Island of Hvar Nominated for Best European Destination 2018

Zagreb, CROATIA and New York, NEW YORK - January 18, 2018 – Hvar, Croatia's sunniest island, has been nominated for the title of Best European Destination 2018, in a competition with 20 other renowned destinations.


Following 2017's nomination of Hvar’s Stari Grad town, this year the entire island has an opportunity to capture the prestigious Best Destination title, a major recognition that would mark the crowning glory of 150 years of organized tourism on the island.


The island is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary of organized tourism in 2018, when the Hvar Health Society was founded in 1868, during a time when organized tourism in Europe began emerge with a focus on health and well-being. Hvar’s rich history and culture can be seen and experienced throughout the island and it can proudly claim four UNESCO heritages designations, Stari Grad Plain, the Za Križen Easter Procession event, agave lace made by the Benedictine Nuns, and the Mediterranean diet – all recognized by UNESCO.


The Greeks planted the first vines more than 2,200 years ago on Stari Grad Plain establishing a foundation for Hvar’s viniculture that continues to thrive today. Held for more than 500 years, the Za Križen Easter Procession is an event with the locals participating each year in this unique religious event during the Easter holiday, as six simultaneous processions departing from towns of Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska to travel miles through the night in prayer, reflection and pilgrimage on a circular route passing through the churches of all the other villages. For more than three centuries, the island’s Benedictine Nuns have made lace from the agave plant which grows abundantly throughout Hvar from the Benedictine convent in Hvar’s old town. The intricate detail and delicate lace has become unique souvenir and highly sought after by visitors. Finally, island’s health focus can be experienced in the regions culinary diversity, focused on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet has been recognized with a UNESCO heritage designation, which was added to this prestigious list in 2013.


Voting for the best European destination in 2018 begins on January 18 and lasts until February 8. To vote, please visit:


European Best Destinations (EBD) is headquartered in Brussels. Its goal is to promote culture and tourism in Europe. In cooperation with tourist boards and the EDEN association, it promotes greater understanding of the richness, diversity and quality of European destinations at the European and global level. Since 2009, the organization has cooperated with the majority of tourism boards in Europe and has awarded and highlighted the most visited destinations on its web page and through social media.


About Croatia

Stretching along the Adriatic Sea, just a stone’s throw from Central Europe, Croatia is a country defined by a rich cultural legacy. Today, history perfectly combines with a youthful spirit and vibrant energy that prove irresistible to those seeking diversity. Breath-taking natural beauty, endless coastlines, diverse gastronomy, adventure, sports and wellness, can be enjoyed all year round. Whether exploring the old city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, island hopping around the Split archipelago, truffle hunting in Istria, paragliding across the Plitvice Lakes, delving into Zagreb’s streets and hidden passages, birdwatching in Kopacki rit, partying the night away at Zrce beach in Novalja or taking time out with the family on Zlatni Rat beach, there truly is something for everyone in Croatia. For more information, visit:


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