About Hvar Island
Hvar is often referred to as the loveliest Dalmatian island - it is also the sunniest place in Croatia so this may have something to do with it! Here 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, 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 interest on Hvar 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 professional 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 ...
Things to do
"We spent a lot of time planning our honeymoon trip with Rediscover to make our perfect trip. There was a lot of email correspondence, a lot of questions from us and a lot of patience from Andy and Dawn. We valued their advice on accommodation etc and in the end it all worked out perfectly. The documentation we received covered everything and was very detailed so we knew exactly where we had to be and when. This is what we wanted as we didn't want to think about much on our honeymoon. All of the transfers were perfect. Timing was exceptional and all very helpful friendly drivers. The boat transfers worked perfectly too. Dubrovnik - the hotel Rixos Libertas was just outstanding for everything, customer service, cleanliness, breakfast, room service, location, room and views. We felt we were on a luxury honeymoon here. The walk into the old town was just lovely and we loved everything about our stay here. We took boat trips to Lokrum and Cavtat and did a day trip excursion on a galleon ship to 3 of the Elphite islands, we also treated oursleves to the taster menu in the Dubrovnik360 restaurant just amaxing! Hvar - this is just a beautiful island, we arrived off the catamaran early evening to a wonderful atmosphere, we got a little bit lost finding the hotel but only because it was dark, the instructions were spot on, the hotel Villa Nora is in a perfect location on a back street, we were a little bit disappointed with our room but this was entirely our fault, we'd requested the junior suite which we didn't realise was so big and definitely too big for us for 2 nights, on our last day we used the bathroom in another room after we had checked out and this room would have been perfect for us, we had just gone for what we thought was the best, we did have a request for a balcony room noted on our itinerary but we did not get this, it didn't matter roo much for such a short stay, breakfast outside in the courtyard was lovely, Hvar Town is amazing so many places to eat and lovely walks, we visited the fortress for the most amazing views, we caught the bus to Stari Grad another amazing place for exploring Split - we were met off the catamaran for a super short journey of 2mins to the city walls, here we were collected by a golf buggy from the hotel which was just brilliant, our escort was fantastic, the hotel was in the perfect location within the palace walls and we are so glad we chose this hotel and location,the room was very comfortable and lovely, breakfast was freshly cooked to order for us very nice, the palace grounds and old parts of Split are fantastic for exploring,beyind this there is nothing much to see, we caught a water taxi to Trogir which was really good. All of the hotels gave us a honeymoon gift which was so lovely. Overall we had such an amazing trip and most of this is down to the help of Andy and Dawn and the organisation of Rediscover. It was just perfect!!!"
J Chambers, Gibraltar, October 2017
"Great itinerary and choice of hotels. Favourite places were Hvar and Korcula. Least favourite were Plitvika (felt like a school trip being herded around the defined routes - and very busy) and Dubrovnik (first impression was Disneyland Paris without the annoying tune!. Very busy also. Improved after a couple of guided tours and evening time was quieter. And this was almost out of season). All arrangements were excellent and worked perfectly. We will go back again for sure. Thanks for an excellent holiday."
G Creamer, UK, October 2017
"It was definitely worth the stop over here. We enjoyed the walk into town and up to the fortress."
C Sillett, UK, October 2017
"Overall we were pleased with the arrangements made and had a pleasant time. Meeting arrangements, delivery and collection of car etc all went very smoothly. We had several unplanned musical evenings. Just wandering around we came into a square with cafes all about and someone was singing or a band playing. Just sit and have a drink or meal. Very nice. And good musicianship."
M Fenner, UK, July, 2017
"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, UK, Sept 2016
"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, UK, August 2016
"Very well organised. Amathus Travel were superb. Always there and on time."
C Bertinshaw, UK, August 2016
"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, UK, August 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, UK, 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, UK, Oct 2015