The preservation of nature and the traditional architectural heritage have turned the ethno-eco villages on the island of Hvar - Velo and MaloGrablje, Zarace, Brusje, Male Rudine and Humac - into protected cultural areas. The villages have been officially recognized as engines to recover and to promote the rich cultural traditions and environmental features of the island of Hvar. As such they are included in the project Adristorical Lands. All ethno-eco villages on the island of Hvar were established in the Middle Ages. Their population grew steadily until the late 19th - early 20th century. Local people established cooperatives that were the engine of the local economy. Rosemary distilleries, oil mills and cooperative buildings were built here and in the mid-20th century lavender cultivation began to grow. The village of Velo Grablje is famous for the cultivation of lavender. Every year, in June, the village is home to the Festival of Lavender, that contributes to the revitalization of the island and the revival of the famous local production of Hvar's lavender.
Regional development agency of Split-Dalmatia County
21000 Split - HR
Web site: www.rera.hr
Ministry of Culture, Conservation Department Split
21 000 Spli - HR
Web site: www.min-kulture.hr