About Hvar Island
Hvar is often referred to as the lovliest Dalmatian island and perhaps because it is the sunniest place in Croatia may have something to do with this. To add to Hvar's beauty there is an abundance of wild flowers such as lavender, rosemary and heather whose perfume adds something special to the island's atmosphere. Hvar Town is a small, charming harbour town set against a backdrop of steep hills with plenty of interesting Mediaeval buildings. Important sights in the town include the Renaissance Cathedral of St Stephen's, the Gothic Arsenal and the Venetian fortress at the top of the hill within whose walls the islanders fled for sanctuary during the invasion of the Turks in 1571. The view from the fortress offers a truly magical Mediterranean sunset.
Other places of interst on Hvar worth a visit include "Hell's Islands" (Pakleni Otoci) which have the best sandy beaches; Stari Grad, once the island's capital, also has many fine historic buildings and a picturesque harbour. Hvar hosts a summer long festival of the arts with contributions from professinal actors and musicians as well as many a fine performance from a host of local amateurs. Hvar Town is also famous for attracting the rich and famous to its harbour bars and restaurants - many multi-million Dollar vessels can often be seen berthed in the harbour or at anchor in the bay.
Hvar can be chosen as a destination for a relaxing holiday in its own right but is also very popular as the island to include on any fly-drive holiday to Croatia (thanks to its fame and its ease of travel connections). As well as enjoying the atmosphere of Hvar Town we recommend you consider a drive to the quiet southern shores of the island to visit the deserted coves and beaches.
Activities available on Hvar include sea kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling, snorkelling.
Where to stay
In a few words: "relaxing, seafront" The family-friendly Hotel Podstine is only a short drive away from the old town, situated amongst palm, citrus trees and centenary pines, next to the hotel's own ...
In a few words: "charming, great value" The Hotel Croatia is just a short walk from the old centre and the harbour of Hvar Town. The lovely building is situated by the sea in a beautiful garden of pine ...
In a few words: "traditional, old town charm" The The Villa Nora is a small hotel situated in the middle of Hvar's old town, surrounded by tiny streets. This ancient Palace (15th Century) has been completely ...
"The visit to Plitvisc lakes and falls were absolutely spectacular. Driving on the open roads is simple and easy. Through the towns can a little more nerve raking. Having a couple of nights in each place helped keep the pace realistic. Be prepared for limited ability for laundry other than the hotel services. Having 3 nights in Trogir was a little more than needed and would have been better 3 nights based in or nearer to Split as this was where most sights were. Overall it was a very interesting experience and well worth it. Croatia is a beautiful country with plenty of natural sights. Being just before the tourist season had its benefits with things being less busy. Just a few times things were not yet open. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend."
G Emblen, April, 2015
"Very well organised. Amathus Travel were superb. Always there and on time."
C Bertinshaw, August 2016
"Received excellent service and advice from Andy and Dawn Scase at Rediscover the World on this trip. You may quote us! Any queries we made from Australia to Andy and Dawn in England were answered promptly and efficiently. Able to fit in an extra person at short notice. Trip advice on sites, hotels, detours etc resulted in a well paced and rewarding experience in Croatia."
J Veilands, June, 2015
"Loved it, we had a fabulous time. Highlights were: Discovering that Split is like a cross between Venice/Rome/Barcelona, Hiring a boat from Hvar to visit the Pakleni Islands, Walking around the deserted small lake on Mljet, Trying to get our heads around how amazing Dubrovnik was - could have spent a week there happily, but now we have an excuse to go back!"
J Tofts, August 2016
"The hotel in Hvar was well positioned, the reception was smart, the bedroom was neat but the bathroom was tatty with tiles missing from the wall, no sink plug and the shower attachment broken."
L Coomber, Sept 2016
"- just one comment about the Hotel Croatia (Hvar) - good position and hotel rooms good but please could the staff manage a few manners or even a smile would be good. Compared to the other hotels they really were not the best!!!"
P Robinson, Oct 2015
"A short note to thank you for helping organise our holiday. We had a great time and thought Croatia was fantastic. Having good weather obviously helps and for us it was superb with the temperatures ideal ? mid to high 20?s. I think we went for one too many changes of hotel on the ?touring? section ie we should have spent an extra day probably in Hvar and possibly Zadar. The car hire was excellent and worked very well for the pick-up and drop-off. The hotels you arranged for us worked out well and, overall, we were pleased with them; perhaps the Marco Polo was a little disappointing but that was more to do with lugging our heavy cases around to the room than the actual quality."
A Wilkinson, Oct 2015
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for arranging a fantastic holiday for us to Croatia. We had an amazing time - everything went to plan - all transfers etc went very smoothly.We really appreciate all the hard work you put into the arrangements and have already recommended you to many of of our friends. We met some lovely people, saw some beautiful places and did some fantastic activities.We are saving up for next year now!"
M Miles, August 2016
"Hotel Adriana was a great location but we did not get a room with a view, despite asking for one. We looked out on a concrete wall! Our rooms were also tiny with no bath or separate bathroom and my husband and I had a room for a disabled person. However, the views of the harbour at breakfast was gorgeous, as was the swimming area/bar. The breakfast was great too - lovely omelettes! The staff on reception were not welcoming like the other 2 hotels. As a place, we loved Hvar and the sun shone."
J Scally, May, 2015
"We thought Croatia was beautiful and had a great time. The Croatian people are very friendly and the country is so clean. The transfers were all punctual and organised perfectly - thank you. All 3 of the hotels were central which was important with young children. We would like to return to Croatia - Vis, Korcula and Brac next time. We ideally would like rooms with a sea/harbour view. Thank you for all your excellent planning. We will use you again!"
J Scally, May, 2015