Dominating the biggest part of Hvar’s plain, not far from Stari Grad is located the biggest village on the island, Vrbanj. Being in the center of the island, a long time ago it served as a good shelter from pirates, and that’s why the structures of the houses with fortifications and loopholes, which were built in the 16th and 17th century, are so interesting. In the main square in the village stands a house from the early middle ages, Kraljev dvor (King’s palace). The parish church is dedicated to the Holy Spirit and is still standing since the 15th century. From Vrbanj you can go for a picnic on the highest peak on the island called St. Nikola (628 m) on top of which is located the small church of St. Nicolas. While hiking towards the peak you will enjoy the untouched nature and all its charming aromas, while at the peak of St. Nikola you will experience the unique panoramic view of the surrounding villages and islands.