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The land parcel system set up by the Greek colonisers has been respected over later periods, and the cultivation of grapes and olives here has been uninterrupted for 24 centuries up to the present day.
© Stari Grad Plain

Stari Grad Plain, Croatia

Hvar Island, Croatia
Colonised by Ionian Greeks in the 4th century BC, this Croatian island's landscape, near the town of Stari Grad, has remained practically intact ever since. Stone houses framed by the Adriatic Sea are nestled in rolling hills of vineyards and olive orchards, which are divided in plots—bordered by limestone rocks—constructed more than 2,400 years ago. A model for European farming, the site provides travellers an opportunity to experience authentic local culture and cuisine.