Hvar history begins in the fifth century BC, but the first enduring imprint on the island was made by the Greeks, when they founded the city of Pharos. The story of Hvar is intricate and sometimes stormy, but during Venetian rule it was the wealthiest parish in Dalmatia. So it is only natural that it is today reviving its ancient glory by becoming a top tourist destination for the rich and famous.
5th century BC - first mention of Hvar Island as a Liburnian isle
385 BC - Ionian Greeks from Paros found the city of Pharos (from whence the island
gets its name), today Stari Grad
219 BC - the Romans occupy Pharos and exile the Greek general, Demetrius of Hvar.
47 BC - Caesar and Pompei clash in a sea battle at Ščedro – Caesar's general, Vatinius, is victorious
2nd century AD - arrival of the Neretva Croats, a tribe from the River Neretva valley
9th and 10th centuries - Hvar belongs to the Neretva principality
11th century - Hvar becomes part of the Croatian kingdom
1147 - Venice occupies Hvar and establishes the Diocese of Hvar
1310 - Native aristocrats from the island's interior rebel under the leadership of Juraj and Galeša Slavogost.against Venetian rule
1331 - adoption of the Hvar Constitution
1358 - Hvar becomes part of the Croato-Hungarian kingdom – for a brief period at the end of the 14th century it is ruled by Bosnian kings.
1420. g. - Hvar opet dolazi pod vlast Venecije; Hvar je u tome razdoblju bio najbogatija, samostalna župa venecijanske Dalmacije
1510. – 1514. g. - pobuna otočkoga stanovništva pod vodstvom Vrbovljanina Matije Ivanića protiv hvarskog plemstva
1420 - Hvar comes under Venetian rule again and is one of the wealthiest independent parishes in Venetian Dalmatia
7 October 1571 - the battle of Lepant, in which the fleet of the Holy Alliance defeated the Turkish fleet – the Hvar galley Sv. Jerolim takes part in the battle, captained by Ivan Balci.
1797 - the fall of Venice – Hvar is transferred to Austrian rule
1805 - Hvar comes under French administration until 1812, when the English reach the island – they stay for only a year
1813-1918 - Hvar, along with Dalmatia, becomes part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
1918-1921 - Hvar is occupied by Italy
1921-1941 - Hvar becomes part of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Yugoslavia)
1991 Hvar becomes part of the independent Republic of Croatia