Hvar is a town of rich cultural and historic heritage, placed in a bay, protected by the Pakleni islands. Hvar has a century old tourist tradition and is nowadays the tourist center and port on the southwestern side of the island of the same name. The island is well known for its pleasant and mild climate with plenty of sunshine (2715 sunshine hours per year), natural beauties, extensive restaurant offer and numerous sports and recreational facilities. The rich subtropical vegetation (palm trees, myrtle, agavas, laurel, rosemary, olive trees and pines) grows on the island. The cultural and historic heritage includes the cathedral, Franciscan monastery, Hvar theater ( the oldest municipal theater in Europe), fortifications with splendid views of the Pakleni islands and the island of Vis.. Today, Hvar is one of the most frequently visited tourist centres in Dalmatia. The town has an extensive sports and recreational offer, as well as rich entertainment program, especially in the summer season It is connected to the mainland by ferry lines to Split, Rijeka, Korcula and Dubrovnik. There are also ferry lines to Italy.