Though we didn't end up going to Zavala because of a shortage of time, the trip through the Zavala tunnel itself is most definitely an interesting one-of-a-kind experience to add to your Hvar adventures.
The tunnel was crudely drilled during the socialist era in the early 60's as a means of delivering water and electricity to the less populated half of the island, and was never meant for passenger travel. However, because the only alternative means of passage is a slow route over the mountains on a road suitable only for four wheel drive vehicles, it began to be used by locals. Apparently it is still not a "legal" road.
The tunnel is 1.4km long and only one lane, with walls so rugged it definitely feels more like a cave than a tunnel. There are no lights inside so it is unusually dark and spooky inside, and water regularly seeps through the rock. Eventually, a traffic light was installed at each end, as previously cars would have to back up (or edge over at a widened space in the middle) if encountering traffic in the opposite direction.
Driving through the tunnel was definitely another memorable experience on Hvar.
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