The Kaštilac Fort, Glavice Peninsula
The Kaštilac Fort, situated on the highest point of the Glavice peninsula is one of Hvar’s many hidden attractions. It has been on the list of Cultural Assets of the Republic of Croatia since 2012.
It was built in the 16th century, round about the same time as the fortified churches of Ss. Fabian and Sebastian in Jelsa (Now called the Church of St. Mary’s Assumption) and the Church of St. Mary of Mercy in Vrboska. The stone walls of the fort are about 50 cm thick, and stand at about five metres in height. The diameter of the structure is four metres.
It served as a watchtower, and its location offers a perfect vantage point, looking north out over the sea to and Brač, and over to the mainland. For the modern visitor, the panoramic views are a true delight. If you make the trip out to the peninsula and up to the fort, whether on foot or by bicycle, you will be richly rewarded!
Kaštilac is in woodland outside Vrboska. You can go by road to the start of a path through the woods which takes you to the site. The coordinates are 43° 11′ 11.9″ N, 16° 40′ 36.1″E. Click here for the Google map showing where it is. The footpath leads straight from the crossroads marked on the map, designated by an interrupted dotted line.