SVETI KLEMENT, PAKLENI ISLANDS - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION
Sveti Klement (St Clement) must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a small island, just 5.28 square kilometres, belonging to the archipelago of Paklinski islands just south of the celebrated island of Hvar, where the rich and famous have holidayed for years. A taxi boat will get you there from Hvar in 20 minutes.
It is a green and luscious island, one of the sunniest in the Adriatic, with many bays, crystal clear water and no cars. You can spend your day swimming, snorkelling, fishing, diving, sailing and windsurfing. The food is another main reason to go to this island. Around the three attractive coves there are several exceptional restaurants excelling in seafood and excellent meat and pasta dishes, offering amazing local wines. Everything is home grown or caught, and the chefs know their stuff. The cuisine on the island has been declared one of the best in the Mediterranean by the German Magazine Boote and The English Traveller. The best known bay is called Palmizana. It has a very nice marina with a shop, restaurant and berths for about 200 boats. It is here where the taxi boats from Hvar will land.
A special thing to mention on Sv. Klement are the magnificent botanical gardens spreading across what a century ago were 300 hectares of wild maquis, acquired by the Meneghello family. You walk through shaded paths among the pines, palms, agaves, hibiscus, numerous cacti and succulents, mimosas, eucalyptus, laurels, olives, all kinds of exotic shrubs. The present generation of Meneghellos are the pioneers of eco-tourism in Croatia. They have turned it into an exclusive hideaway with a cluster of simple villas and bungalows and two absolutely first rate restaurants, all built of local stone and discretely hiding among the Mediterranean fir trees.
This very artistic and avant garde family has placed works of art amongst the stunning greenery, unusual driftwood sculptures and contemporary artwork. The result is a discreet yet spiritual escape from the modern world. It's a great place to while away the days eating fresh seafood, swimming in the bay, exploring by kayak and diving nearby shipwrecks. An unforgettable experience.
Hvar island is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island It is a part of the central Dalmatian archipelago and has a length of 68 km and a maximum with width of only 10.5 km. Hvar is famed for its benign climate - it has over 2700 sunshine hours a year and its winters are exceptionally mild. The interior of Hvar is planted with olive groves and vineyards. Hvar olive groves provide excellent local olive oil. Hvar red and white wines are delicious, particularly the red called Zlatan Plavac. Hvar is also famous for its great fields of wild lavender which scent the whole island and are of amazing purple colour in June and July. Lavender products, such as soap and perfume are available to buy.
Hvar Town and the Pakleni Otoci islands
Sporting activities available on the island include windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba-diving, sailing, swimming, fishing, bicycling along wonderful country roads, walking and climbing. Hvar's indebted coastline and deep bays and offshore small islands provide many sheltered harbours and quiet beaches. But more than anything Hvar is notable for it gorgeous and historic harbour towns, the most significant being Hvar Town itself,
Hvar is reached by regulular car ferry service from Split to Stari Grad and from to Drvenik to Sucuraj at the eastern end of the island. Catamaran passenger ferries operate to Hvar Town and Jelsa.
Hvar is one of the most beautiful and most fashionable towns in Croatia. It is small and relaxing, but it is full of great Italianate medieval architecture, 700 years old city walls, dominated by what is arguably the most beautiful ancient town square in Croatia. Paved with ancient stone slabs the square is and surrounded by renaissance palaces from the 15th and 16th century. Amongst the most beautiful of these is the old 17th century theatre and a Venetian loggia. Narrow streets with old houses and villas radiate away from the town square, and several grand hotels from the bygone age are facing the square. Lively restaurants and bars are another attraction for tourists and many grand yachts jostle for a position in the little harbour lined with palm trees. On top of the hill is an old fortress from which there is a spectacular view of the sea and islands. .Walking along the harbour front to the town square to relax in the cafes, bars and restaurants, enjoying a cappuccino, an ice-cream, a cool beer or a lunch of grilled fresh fish and marvellous olive oils and local wines, whilst the world lazily passes by; these are the simple pleasures of holidaying in Hvar.
Enjoying a coffee in Hvar town
Pakleni Otoci Islands
Lavender fields on Hvar
Hvar is unique in that it both relaxing and restful, whilst at the same time having a lively atmosphere. There is history, architecture, superb dining, walks along narrow cobbled streets, all kinds of sports, as well as smart nightclubs, beaches and swimming. It is popular with the sailing community, young adults and family groups, not to mention European royalty and Hollywood celebrities. There is really something for everyone. Many good restaurants and bars are dotted all around the town of Hvar, serving either simple fresh seafood and pasta, or providing a full-on gastronomic experience, such as Macondo restaurant in one of the small Hvar side streets. Seasoned party goers recommend the Carpe Diem nightclub in the harbour, which is furnished with exotic Arabian furniture and dècor and provides cocktails and champagne until small hours of the morning.
More superb restaurants are located on the nearby Pakleni islands, which can be reached reach by taxi boats running from the town quay. Our favourites are Patak (also known as Kod Patka) and Meneghello, the latter in a lush tropical garden and decorated with exotic art work; they are both restaurants which provide great cooking and a magical location.
There are swimming areas and small beaches as you walk along the coast path around the town. Some of the most beautiful beaches are to be found on the Pakleni islands such as Palmizana and Stipanska beaches, reached by taxi boat from Hvar town.
Other towns on the island.
Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrbovska, on the north side of the island are all delightful harbour towns with the typical stone houses, busy harbours tight with local fishing boats and visiting yachts. Waterside restaurants and cafes surround the harbours and nearby beaches provide excellent swimming. Inland Also smaller villages such as Dol, Zavala and many others. are worth a visit.
Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.
Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.
Our Villas in Sveti Klement
|A group of bijoux cottages located on a privately owned island near the larger island of Hvar. All with bathroom and living area, usually with air-con. Two on-site restaurants. Big game fishing, scuba diving, kayaking.|
|A group of pretty villas located on a privately owned island near the larger island of Hvar. All with at least one bathroom. Living area, kitchenette, air-con. Two on-site restaurants. Big game fishing, scuba diving, kayaking.|