The Pescara - Stari Grad service was operated by SNAV.
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The Italian city of Pescara is the capital city of the Province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of the country. It lies on the Adriatic Sea coast at the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara River. Perhaps the best way to explore the city is on foot. Start by taking a walk on Corso Umberto I which ends at Piazza Rinascita, best known as Piazza Salotto. Then via piazza Primo Maggio head towards the coast. Along the way you will see the Government Building and City Hall in Piazza Italia. The city's nightlife centre is on Corso Monthone which is the main street in the old part of the city. In the heart of the city also resides the Vittoria Colonna Museum of Modern Art and the birthplace of Gabriele D'Annunzio, which is one of the most popular attractions the city has to offer.
Located down the coast from Pescara are the towns and villages that make the entire region a hidden gem for many. Francavilla al Mare, Ortona, S. Vito Chietino and Vasto have the charms that would typically be associated with coastal villages. From small restaurants serving freshly caught fish to breathtaking views of the Adriatic, these towns have lots to offer.
From the port in Pescara there are ferries and hydrofoils to Split and Stari Grad in Croatia.
Stari Grad is a popular location that is a gateway to the Paklenica National Park and lies around 45 km to the north east of Zadar. The city is situated on the northern side of the island of Hvar in the Dalmatia region of Croatia and lies at the east of a long protected bay and is thought to be one of the oldest towns in Europe. Buses make the town easy to reach, stopping in the centre, as well as outside of the Hotel Alan on the Dr. Franje Tudmana. Many people come to Stari Grad to take advantage of the plentiful camp sites there, especially since the adjacent National Park does not permit camping.
By wandering around Stari Grad's centre, along its narrow streets and through small squares, it is not hard to appreciate its historic past and perhaps its most popular attraction is Tvrdalj, which is a large a well preserved castle that once belonged to the Croatian poet Petar Hektorovic. Notice the Latin and Croatian inscriptions in the walls and the statue of Petar Hektorovic in front of the castle.
From the town's port, ferry services operate to Pescara, Ancona, Rijeka, Korcula, Dubrovnik and Mljet.