Welcome to Pakleni Islands
Most visitors to Hvar Town visit the crystal-clear waters, hidden beaches and deserted lagoons of the Pakleni Islands (Pakleni otoci), a gorgeous chain of wooded isles that stretches out immediately in front of the town. Although the name is often translated as ‘Hell’s Islands’, it’s thought to derive from paklina, a pine resin that was once harvested here to waterproof boats.
The closest of the islands to Hvar is clothing-optional Jerolim. Next up is Marinkovac, best known for the raucous beach club on Stipanska bay. At the opposite end of Marinkovac are pretty Ždrilca and lagoon-like Mlini. Both have seasonal restaurants and a handful of stone cottages.
The largest of the islands by far is Sveti Klement, which supports three villages in its 5 sq km. Palmižana is set on a beautiful horseshoe bay, with a busy marina, accommodation, restaurants and a tiny sandy beach.
Island Jerolim is the closest island, directly opposite to Hvar town, named after a now-disappeared 15th century church. It is a favorite island among tourists who stroll away from the main jetty and stretch out on one of the shady coves. The famous and traditional Hvar’s nudist swimming area is situated on the Jerolim isle. There are showers and a restaurant. The swimming area can be accessed by the organized, regular boat connection from the port of Hvar.
A woody lagoon with a number of pebble beaches, numerous hidden places for relaxation and picturesque submarine life. There are several restaurants.
The swimming area can be accessed by the organized, regular boat connection from the port of Hvar.
Sveti Klement is the largest Pakleni island (called Veliki Otok or Big Island) famous for beautiful Palmizana hamlet, the oldest and most famous Hvar’s resort and the nautical marina. When a professor Eugen Meneghello built a summer house and inns on Palmižana in the 20th century it became a favorite getaway for Hvar islanders. Now this house is a small museum and a gallery.
Palmižana (Vingradišće lagoon precisely) is a spacious lagoon with shallow and sandy beach. It is surrounded by the thick, pine forest, fragrant heather and rosemary bushes and various, exotic plants. Scuba divers love Palmizana due to its vibrant underwater life. There are several restaurants and B&Bs.
Palmižana can be accessed by the organized, regular boat connection from the port of Hvar.
ACI Marina Palmižana
The ACI Marina Palmižana, one of the most beautiful marinas in the Adriatic, is situated in the same-named cove on the north-east side of the islet of Sv. Klement, the largest of the Paklinski Islands. About 2.5 nautical miles from the marina is the town of Hvar, known for its cultural attractions and great entertainment. Palmižana is an ideal haven for everyone who wants to escape from the city hustle and bustle because in this popular destination, in the unique ambience of the harmony with nature, they can enjoy a carefree holiday. Palmižana is a real little ecological paradise.