Best Places to Visit in Hvar

Hvar is one of the most visited islands in Croatia, with a reputation to be all about the glitz and glam, attracting some of the biggest celebrities and jetsetters around. But it is also home to some of the most interesting historical sights, picturesque towns and delicious wines.

We have put together a guide to show you the best places we recommend you visit in Hvar.

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The Fortica

Perched on top of the highest part of Hvar Town, is the 16th Century Fortica, also known as is the Spanish Fortress, because Spanish engineers worked on the fortress during the 14th century. The fortress was rebuilt in 1571 by the Venetians and played an important role in protecting the locals during the Turkish invasion. To reach the fortress, follow the signs from St Stephen’s Square and climb up the many stairs, passing the town walls until you reach the top of the hill. The panoramic view of Hvar town and nearby Pakleni Islands is well worth the trek to the top.

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Local vineyards

If you are a wine lover, then Hvar is the perfect destination for you. The island has a long history of winemaking, dating back to 384 BC, when the Greek settlers first arrived. Due to the island’s sunny climate, there are plenty of vineyards dotted all over the island, which are known for producing some of the best wine in Croatia. From the popular Plavac Mali red wine to a fruity Prč white, you are bound to fall in love with one of the many delicious local wines here.

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Hvar Old Town

Hvar Old Town is one of the busiest destinations on the island, with an estimated visit of 20,000 people each day during the peak season. One of the main sights to see in Hvar Town is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the first cathedral built on Hvar Island in the 17th century. The Arsenal is another important historical building to visit. It was built during the 16th century and was once used by the Venetian military to repair their weapons, but now it houses an art gallery and the first public theatre in Europe. In the centre, is the town’s main square, known as St Stephen’s Square, with plenty of cafes where you can grab a coffee and stalls to browse. In the evening, the town will party on long into the night, with plenty of restaurants, cocktail bars and nightclubs to choose from.

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Lavender Fields

Hvar is sometimes known as the ‘Lavender Island’ because of the vast lavender fields on the island.  The best time to see the lavender fields in full bloom in Hvar is during the months of June and July. You may even choose to visit the small village of Velo Grablje, which holds an annual lavender festival in June. There are also plenty of stalls on the island selling handmade sacks filled with fresh lavender flowers and lavender essential oils, the perfect souvenir to take back home.

 

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Stari Grad

Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe and Croatia. The streets are much quieter than Hvar Town, so take your time exploring the narrow streets, pop into the local shops and grab yourself some delicious ice cream! Some of the top sights to see in Stari Grad Old Town are Tvrdalj Castle, a 16th century building which belonged to the famous poet Peter Hektorovic, and the Stari Grad Plains which were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2008.

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Jelsa

The small harbour town of Jelsa is just a 20-minute drive from the busy town and has plenty of picturesque squares and cobbled streets to wander through. Jelsa is also home to several good beaches and coves where you can enjoy a quick swim. Whilst on your visit, take some time to explore the four chapels inside the Gothic Church of St Mary, which were originally built in 1331. Take a look inside and gaze at the famous painting of ‘Our Lady and torture of Fabian and Sebastian’, created by a Flemish-Venetian painter known as P. de Coster.

Franciscan Monastery

Just a short walk from the bustling town centre in Hvar, you will find the Franciscan Monastery.  Inside you can browse the many paintings and artefacts, including a collection of coins from the Greek, Roman and Venetian period and Ptolemy’s Atlas printed in 1524. The most famous painting you will find here is the magnificent Last Supper, believed to be the work of 16th century painter Matteo Ingoli. There is also a garden which is home to a 300-year-old Cypress tree.

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