Duration: 3 - 4.5 hours
Distance: 0 - 2 km
Group size: 3 – 15 people
Where: Hvar bus station
When:Starts every day about half hour before the sunset (May: 19:30, June & July: 20:00, August: 19:30, September: 18:30), however we are flexible and the exact time can be arranged with you
Price: 350 HRK (without the tour options)
Did you know that due to the favorable weather and light unpolluted skies, the largest professional astronomical observatory in Croatia is situated above the town of Hvar? Hvar Observatory was founded in 1972. as collaboration between Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb and the Astronomical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Ondrejov. Today, all four telescopes installed at Hvar Observatory are still regularly used for the scientific research. Two telescopes (13 and 20cm refractors) are employed for solar observations to regularly monitor the solar activity and other two telescopes (with 65 cm and 1-meter mirrors) are used for the observations of variable stars. The Austro-Croatian Telescope with 1-meter mirror installed on Hvar Observatory is the one of two largest astronomical telescopes in Croatia (another 1-meter telescope is situated in Tician, Istria).
The tour starts at the bus station in the town of Hvar. From there we drive about ten minutes (4 km) to the top of small hill where Panorama restaurant is situated. This is a perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful view to Pakleni islands, Vis and west part of the island Hvar. It is also a place to take the photos and wait for the unforgettable sunset that is just awesome from this place. After the sunset, dinner is served in the restaurant where you can taste the different local dishes and wine. Upon the dinner your guide will give you some short presentation (20-30 min) about the astronomy in Hvar and some information about the objects that will be later observed with the telescope. Finally, when it gets completely dark outside, you'll be able to experience the awesome Hvar night sky using the telescope that will be prepared for stargazing. Depending on the Moon phase, weather conditions and the season of the year the guide will pick the most attractive and best objects to observe, such as Moon, planets, globular clusters, double stars, galaxies or planetary nebulas. After one hour of night sky observing with the telescope, the tour ends with organized transportation from Panorama restaurant to the Hvar bus station.
- Climb from Hvar town to the famous Hvar fortress "Fortica" (20 min)
- Visit the fortress and enjoy the beautiful view on Hvar town (40min, entrance included in the price)
- Hike from fortress to Panorama restaurant (30 min)
- Note: in the case of this option start of the tour is one and half hour earlier