Pakleni islands


Located just off the Dalmatian coast and perfumed by the scent of lavender, Hvar is one of the most hyped and beautiful of all the Croatian islands and has been a favorite getaway ever since the Romans. Once a town of turbulent history, today it is one of the most prominent and visited tourist centres in the Adriatic.
The most popular beaches of the town Hvar are situated on the Pakleni islands. The name of this tiny archipelago (about twenty islets right opposite the town of Hvar) which extends undulating along the south side of Hvar comes from the word "paklina" (melted pine resin for 'rasping' boat plating). This archipelago is the most beautiful part of the Hvar riviera and can be easily reached by frequent taxi boats from the harbour, just outside the Arsenal.
Pakleni islands have numerous bathing places and a myriad of small, secluded beaches.
The most popular ones are:
Sv. Jerolim - is a well-known and long-established naturist beach. The coast of the island of Sveti Jerolim is predominantly rocky, with also nice small shingle beach. The vegetation, which comes almost right down to the shore, is a mixture of shrub and pine groves, so if you pick your spot carefully you can have plenty of shade in the heat of the afternoon, with the sea at your doorstep when you need to cool off. There is a good restaurant and showers.
Marinkovac - The island is partly nudist and has three popular coves.Stipanska is the first one where taxi boats stop. It is the same taxi boat as for Jerolim. A short walk trough the pinewood will take to a restaurant. Stipanska has a small shop, showers and naturist section. West of Stipanska, Zdrilica cove is located with a very fine restaurant often visited by yacht crowd. Mlin cove to the south is a wonderful bay with a pebbly beach. Marinkovac is pretty much everywhere clothing optional so you can choose to loose your swimsuit or not.
Sv. Klement (St. Clement) is the largest island in the Pakleni archipelago. It takes about 20 minutes to get there by taxiboat. People often reffer to Sveti klement as Palmizana which is a spacious and island's the most popular cove with a shallow fine shingle beach. In the bay of Vinogradisce the family of the botanist Eugen Meneghello began to build summer houses and also to plant trees. Nowadays, it is a veritable arboretum with tourist facilities.
Palmizana is surrounded by a thick pine forest, fragrant heather and rosemary shrubs and a number of exotic plants. Restaurants: Meneghello, Novak, Zori, and there is also a yacht marina.
There are many other coves on Sv. Klement, like Vlaka or Soline. If you want to avoid the crowds, just take a walk around the island and find yourself a perfect place. Many beaches and coves on the island are clothing optional.

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