Flying tour of Hvar and Korčula

The last time we were treated to aerial views of the island was when we flew in the seaplane, now sadly no longer an option. But this week, himself was invited for a tour of Hvar and Korčula from a two-seater plane. Take-off from Stari Grad International airport, where there are currently several planes on the ramp.

Taking off towards the east gives a good view of Vrboska’s pretty little harbour and that distinctive church fortress.

Vrboska

Vrboska

Turning right takes us over the port of Jelsa, with the terraced vineyards behind.

Jelsa

Jelsa

Heading south takes us over Pitve, of which the older, upper part is one of the oldest settlements on the island. The terraced vineyards are getting steeper.

Pitve

Pitve

Over the mountain pass and it’s off over the sea towards the northernmost tip of the Pelješac peninsula, where we find the town of Lovište.

Lovište bay

Lovište bay

From there, across the channel to the very scenic Korčula for a turn around the old town.

Approaching Korčula

Approaching Korčula

The old town is very compact inside its defensive walls, looking very pretty in the sunshine

Korčula old town

Korčula old town

Turning back towards Hvar again, passing over the tiny sliver of island that is Pločica. It has a lighthouse and surprising signs of ancient Roman stoneworking.

Pločica

Pločica

Nearer the Hvar coast we arrive over the island of Ščedro.

Ščedro

Ščedro

And so we make our way along Hvar’s southern coast, enjoying the views of some fairly inaccessible places.

Passing over the Pokonji Dol lighthouse at the entrance to Hvar harbour.

Pokonji Dol lighthouse

Pokonji Dol lighthouse

Views of yachts in Palmižana bay and the western tip of Hvar behind.

Palmižana

Palmižana

Talking of yachts, some are rather bigger than others. This one with five decks, a helicopter on board, and a swimming pool. Wonder if it has a submarine bay as well?

Superyacht

Superyacht

Hvar harbour buzzing with (mostly) more modest sailing vessels.

Hvar harbour

Hvar harbour

View of the pjaca and the Arsenal

Hvar pjaca

Hvar pjaca

The Spanish fortress overlooking the town, and the defensive walls

Fortica

Fortica

From there it’s over the hill for a view of a peaceful little cove on the north shore.

Peaceful cove

Peaceful cove

and so on back to Stari Grad and the airport.

Stari Grad

Stari Grad

 

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