Hvar’s signature dish of gregada – a stew of fish, potatoes, onions, garlic and top-quality olive oil – is best sampled in the historic Venetian surroundings of Giaxa. Named after the Jakša family who once occupied this 15th century palace, Giaxa is all about fresh ingredients, locally sourced, creatively used and exquisitely presented. Its gregada is centrepieced by substantial chunks of fish, served bones-and-all in the traditional way. Accompanying bread is baked on the premises.
Hvar is Croatia’s most happening island, a destination for celebs, moneyed revellers and visitors familiar with five-star luxury. There’s still a little spontaneous magic left of pre-boom Hvar, found in its beach bars and secluded getaways, away from the focal, yacht-lined destination of Hvar Town.
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