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The sunny and jet-set Island of Hvar has long been considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world and is a very popular summer resort. The magnificent harbor is constantly filled with the mega-yachts of celebrities and power moguls. The Island of Hvar is an enchanting mix of culture and tradition, a long history, and a present serenity that makes it an ideal destination.
Hvar town is a port town with ferries to connect to the Pakleni Islands. This town has always been an Adriatic center of culture and trade. Between the 13th to 15th centuries, Hvar was part of the Venetian Empire. Hvar had an important naval base with a formidable fortress overlooking it.
Hvar town’s climate is a dreamy Mediterranean mix of mild winters and very warm summers. During hot summer days, a Mistral wind blows from the west, providing a comfortable respite from the heat.
Exploring Hvar and the surrounding regions is easy. Guided tours will take you to Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrbovska. There are numerous idyllic beaches and bays ready for you to discover. Hvar has a deserved reputation for its upscale cafes, bars, and world-class restaurants which are conveniently located throughout the Old Town and the harbor. Visiting Hvar is an unforgettable experience you will want to repeat frequently.
Hvar Island At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Split 2hours 30mins>
Population of Hvar 12,000
What to See in Hvar The Old Town, St Stephan’s Cathedral, The Old Fortress, The Old Town of Stari Grad, Beautiful beaches,
Towns & Islands to Visit near Hvar Split, Brac, Trogir, Krka National Park, Vis and the Blue Cave, Pakleni Islands
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Things to do in Hvar
Hvar’s Old Town Appeal Beckons
From the moment you enter the Hvar Old Town through its 13th century stone walls, you’ll understand why it sees 22,000 visitors per day during peak season. Stroll through the elegant Piazza or amble along the charming streets. The historic center of Hvar Old Town is closed to vehicles. All the streets will lead you to Hvar’s Square, which is the largest square in Dalmatia and the town center. There you can view the Cathedral of St. Stephen and its renaissance bell tower.
Explore Hvar’s Treasures: Stari Grad and Jelsa
You will find one of Croatia’s oldest towns right on the Island of Hvar. Stari Grad literally means “old town.” It features magnificent Mediterranean landscapes, with plentiful vineyards and olive groves. While you’re there, you’ll want to visit the church of St. Nicolas.
In the inviting Jelsa restaurants and eateries, enjoy fresh Mediterranean meals and Hvar wine. Jelša is Croatian for alder tree, and the inviting scent of the fragrant trees mixed with the smells of the inviting beaches will have you enjoying every breath. Stop for delicious homemade ice cream at the ice cream parlor and view the area’s Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Jelsa is a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts. Snorkeling, kayaking, golf, tennis, and even outdoor waterparks are nearby.
Pakleni Islands Paradise
If the thought of sparkling, aquamarine crystal water, discreet, intimate beaches, private coves, and numerous lagoons sounds appealing, you will be thrilled by the magnificent Pakleni Islands. The name probably originated from the pine resin once used to waterproof boats. The beaches are ideal for enjoying a lazy, relaxing day soaking up the sun and working on an enviable tan.
Hvar is the sunniest island in all of Croatia, but did you know it is also famous for lavender? If you travel to the nearby village of Velo Grablje, you will be swept away by the intoxicatingly fragrant fields of lavender. An annual Lavender Festival takes place in June. Explore lavender production and join and olive oil taste testing tour during your visit.
Hotels in Hvar
Hotel Amfora Hvar
Ideally located on the edge of Hvar Town in the trendy main port, just a 15-minute walk along the coastal path from the town center, the Hotel Amfora Hvar provides a glamorous retreat with 324 ultra-luxe rooms and suites. Most boast balconies with impressive views of the turquoise Adriatic along with modern amenities, including complimentary reliable Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Guests enjoy access to a private beach area as well as onsite water sports facilities, a multi-level outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center. There are multiple dining options, including the laid-back beachside Maestral restaurant and a spectacular rooftop restaurant that offers jaw-dropping views of Amfora Bay and the Hvar Archipelago.
Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
The Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel overlooks the picturesque harbour in Hvar Town jsteps from the main square. It hosts 59 luxurious modern rooms and suites, plus three extra-luxe Penthouse suites. Most have floor-to-ceiling windows for lots of natural light, higher-end rooms feature views of the harbour. All have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and extra perks like bathrobes and slippers. Guests can also enjoy a beautiful rooftop terrace with a pool as well as an indoor saltwater pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and lavish spa offering an impressive list of massage and decadent treatments. The hotel’s Butchery & Wine restaurant serves Mediterranean and Croatian cuisine, including fresh-caught fish paired with an extensive selection of fine wines.
Heritage Villa Apolon, Stari Grad,
This magnificent 19 th -century villa hotel overlooks the bay, blending perfectly into the relaxed surroundings of Stari Grad. It features 7 elegant rooms and suites, all individually furnished with spacious bathrooms that have heated floors, flat-screen cable TVs and free Wi-Fi – most provide spectacular views over the water. From the stone terrace, guests can enjoy unwinding in underneath shady palms watching the boats sail in and out of the bay. A la carte breakfast is served daily on the split-level seaside terrace, and for lunch and dinner, an exceptional menu featuring dishes with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients draws both guests and non-guests alike.
Hotel Podstine enjoys a tranquil waterside setting with beautiful sea views. A 15-minute walk from busy Hvar Town, it’s an ideal retreat for escaping the crowds. It hosts 50 rooms in its main building and 9 in an annex building across the street, all of which are air-conditioned and come with minibars and satellite TVs. Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s own beach as well as a diving center and an impressive spa with a wide range of massage and indulgent body treatments, a Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and solarium. The garden restaurant offers authentic Istrian cuisine while the cocktail bar offers tasty drinks with gorgeous views of the sea and Paklenski Islands.