The attractions of the family beach on a holiday to Hvar are obvious, a popular destination with its small pebble beaches and pristine sea, but there are also other activities for kids, such as art classes on a Saturday morning in Dol, one of the six inland hilltop villages which form the spine of the island.
Art Classes for Children
Each Saturday morning, from 1030 to 1300, children of all ages are welcome to spend the morning in an exquisite tumbledown setting of an art studio run by a resident Slovenian artist. Children from as young as two are encouraged to express themselves through art in a medium that they choose, whether it be drawing, painting or mosaic classes.
Parents can leave the children there and enjoy a couple of hours of peace and quiet, perhaps to enjoy a leisurely coffee in the local bar at the end of the track, or to head back to the waterfront towns of Stari Grad and Vrboska, just minutes away.
Many parents choose to linger, however, as the charms of the atelier extend far beyond temporary respite from the children. Set in a stunning hillside location, the atelier is located at the edge of the village and is a ramshackle collection of authentic stone buildings, each offering different art exhibits, the highlight of which is the main atelier, where the impressive works of Marinka and her late husband, Marin, are on display.
Visiting Artists to Dol
In addition to the art classes, the complex is also a haven for visiting artists, including a German sculptor on a recent visit, sat in tranquility at the end of the atelier's colourful garden with two students from Germany, who were learning the basics of sculpting with Brac stone (the chalky white stone from the neighbouring island has been used in prominent buildings such as the White House and Liverpool Cathedral).
To find Atelier Marinka, park at the village cafe and take the path to the right of the building, heading straight until the road forks. There is a sign "Atelier" to the right, and one of the most atmospheric experiences on the island awaits in the last building.