Hvar Island is a vineyard-and-olive-grove-covered island surrounded by a translucent cobalt sea. A particularly rich cultural and monumental heritage complements its natural and unique beauty. The island was one of the greatest centers of early Croatian literature, architecture, sculpture, painting and music. Called the Croatian Madeira, Hvar is said to receive more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country. Other sights include Hvar Theater – founded in 1612 and the oldest community theater in Europe; Crvene Stijene (Red Rocks) – an unusual and picturesque natural phenomenon; Pakleni Otoci – a beautiful and unique group of about 20 charming islets situated opposite the town of Hvar.