Spanish Fortress, Hvar

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Spanish Fortress features an impressive collection of amphorae and other objects from ancient times and the Middle Ages. From the town square, walk north, passing the main city gate. Climb the stairs of the medieval city walls to the fortress. Perched on a hill, it offers a panoramic view of Old Town and Pakleni Islands. Built at the beginning of the 16th century, the fortress was restored after the explosion of the powder chamber in 1579. The French added some reinforcements during their rule. Austrians built the barracks and observation post. Using our custom trip planner, Hvar attractions like Spanish Fortress can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Was a fun hike up to the fort (and back down!) admiring the beautiful gardens along the way. The fort itself is also fascinating and I wish we'd had a little more time to spend there! Views to die... 
    Was a fun hike up to the fort (and back down!) admiring the beautiful gardens along the way. The fort itself is also fascinating and I wish we'd had a little more time to spend there! Views to die...  more »
  • great views from a historical site. A few steps through the complex but quite easy to get around Would recommend particularly if you wish to get some good photos 
    great views from a historical site. A few steps through the complex but quite easy to get around Would recommend particularly if you wish to get some good photos  more »
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  • Overlooking the city of Hvar from its highest point, the Spanish Fortress is a considerable climb from the water level. Be ready for a spmewhat physical challenge. Once up there, you get a magnificent view of the city, the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding isles. You pay to enter the Fortress, but you don't actually need to go inside to enjoy the view. Most people stay at the entrance area, where there are many trees and shadows to protect you from the Sun - and the view there is as good!
  • Offers really scenic views of the town Hvar and the Pakleni Islands. More effort could have been put into info boards and exhibition space, as the fort had a lot of history, and Hvar itself is archaeologically rich and interesting. Even so, the fort is well worth the visit!

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