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.
Turning right takes us over the port of Jelsa, with the terraced vineyards behind.
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.
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.
From there, across the channel to the very scenic Korčula for a turn around the old town.
The old town is very compact inside its defensive walls, looking very pretty in the sunshine
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.
Nearer the Hvar coast we arrive over the island of 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.
Views of yachts in Palmižana bay and the western tip of Hvar behind.
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?
Hvar harbour buzzing with (mostly) more modest sailing vessels.
View of the pjaca and the Arsenal
The Spanish fortress overlooking the town, and the defensive walls
From there it’s over the hill for a view of a peaceful little cove on the north shore.
and so on back to Stari Grad and the airport.