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Where to stay in Hvar
Named one of the most stunning islands of Croatia, Hvar is a destination offering something for everyone. Hvar Island itself is actually quite large (almost 300 km2) which makes it the fourth largest Croatian island. Because of its size, and the many different entry points onto the island from a boat or cruise ship, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to deciding where to stay in Hvar. We have put together some of the most popular and known neighborhoods on the island to give you a little more clarity.
This is the central hub to Hvar Island. It is the entry point for most of the ferries and cruises so it can get quite crowded, especially during the summer months. That said, it’s a great place to stay if you would like to be in the heart of the action, especially if you are looking for a good nightlife scene. Live music venues, open-air bars and trendy beach restaurants line the streets of Hvar Town, often staying open well into the night. In contrast, Hvar town has some quieter spots like Dubovica Beach.
Situated on the north of Hvar’s coast is a stylish neighbourhood named Stari Grad. As, arguably, the next up-and-coming neighbourhood in Hvar, it has a very modern and cosmopolitan feel to it. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the waterfront, and take a sip of wine or craft beer in one of the many sophisticated bars. On the other hand, although Stari Grad is definitely on the hotlist for modern travelers, it is one of the oldest areas on the island. Founded around 340 BC by the ancient Greeks and Romans, the historic town can still be recognized to some extent today, such as visiting the Petar Hektorovic Castle. The Stari Grad Museum is also worth visiting, showcasing some beautiful artwork and local legacies.
Just a short skip and jump south of Hvar Town is the neighbourhood of Krizna Luka. Within walking distance to the Old Town, it is a great place to stay for those who want to be in the heart of the action, but in an area with its own unique charm to it. One of the main things that this neighbourhood is known for is its local cuisine and delicacies. Some restaurants you simply must visit (and eat at) include Djordjota Vartal and Lungo Mare. To try a more local style of eating, head to the Eywa Bar which offers local street food cooked by local people. Enjoy Croatian and Mediterranean dishes with views across the Adriatic Sea and the Krizna Harbour. As well as food and wine enthusiasts, this neighbourhood is also great for active travelers, as you can book activities from here easily, such as kayaking, boating and canoeing.
Situated east of Hvar Town is a much quieter neighbourhood in Hvar, called Milna. Milna certainly feels more tropical and secluded as it is home to some beautiful hiking routes and hidden beaches and coves. It also feels a lot more ‘local’. This is for many reasons including quant restaurants, offering that owner-run intimacy and atmosphere, serving up sumptuous Mediterranean and Croatian cuisine and of course, fresh seafood. Milna is a great neighbourhood for families to head to, especially because there are several good-quality beaches to spend the day. It’s also a good spot for active travelers, with beautiful walks and coastal running routes to enjoy. Some luxury hotels include Hotel Milna Osam (adults only).
Down in the south of Hvar Island is a relatively small and compact neighbourhood called Zavala. Although it is small in size, it is a village that probably has the most diversity in one place. The village itself is surrounded by vineyards which are, more often that not, owned and managed by local families. During your stay in Zavala, you should definitely visit a working vineyard, tour the wine cellars and of course, try the locally-produced wine named bogdanjusa. Along the leafy suburbs are some excellent hiking routes and walks with panoramic views. Arguably one of the best is the hike to the Church of St Leopolda Mandica.
Located in the central-northern part of the island, Jesla boasts some of the best connections to Split and other Croatian islands by boat. This neighbourhood is particularly known for its idyllic landscape, wine production and undiscovered beaches. Although accessibility into Hvar Town is not difficult, it is a lot further than other neighbourhoods on the island (approximately a 30-minute drive), which is worth bearing in mind if you are somebody who likes to be in the heart of the city. With such a focus on the coastline here in Jelsa, it’s no wonder that water sports activities are one of the focal activities here.
Situated on the eastern tip of Hvar Island, Sucuraj is the closest point to Croatia’s mainland. Although it has great accessibility, Sucuraj is much more than just a convenience destination. This neighbourhood boasts panoramic views – some of the best on the island in fact – out to the Adriatic Sea and, when visibility is good, across to the mainland. Local restaurants, bars and street food entice travelers walking the streets. During your stay here, make sure to visit Perna Inlet which is a small beach hidden amongst a pebbled cove. Turquoise waters and blue skies make the perfect photograph and, compared to Hvar Town and other Croatian cities, this inlet is a little piece of paradise without the crowds.
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