In 2021, readers of Conde Nast judged Hvar to be the most beautiful European island, just ahead of the Greek islands of Mykonos and Zakynthos. The place is undoubtedly stunning: pretty villages, grand Venetian architecture, an imposing ridge topping 600 m, lavender fields, olive groves, vineyards, as well as a crystal, clear blue sea, lapping on to secluded coves. But the thing that really gets you is the intense, almost delirious scent of pine forests. As a frequent visitor to this island, I am always taken by the wonderfully three-dimensional landscape, but nothing gets my memory racing as much as that smell: sweet, strong, intoxicating …. Nature’s finest aroma therapy. Hvar: an EPIC island indeed.
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