Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Hvar: Abandoned villages and mountaintop views make for memorable visit
The views were magnificent as we drove through the mountains. We looked down on a famous award-winning vineyard from Nikola Hill. The growing conditions, namely the heat and soil, are huge factors here in making wines that are 15% alcohol and higher. Where it wasn't quite as hot and nearer the sea the wines had a lower alcohol content. While we were admiring this view we discovered some wild saffron just at the side of the road. The flowers resemble crocuses.
It was definitely lunchtime. We looked at a few restaurants in the main square but they seemed a bit touristy. Finally, we settled for lunch at a restaurant on the pier right next to where we picked up our tender. It was a lovely lunch of the best mussels I have ever had in a sauce of garlic, tomato and white wine. This accompanied by lovely frites and a local white wine was a perfect way to spend our last hour on Hvar.