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! There is an abundance of wild herbs & flowers such as lavender, rosemary and heather whose perfume adds something special to the island's atmosphere, particularly in late Spring. Hvar Town, the island's main tourist spot, is a small, charming harbour set against a backdrop of steep hills with plenty of interesting mediaeval buildings.
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 island-hopping or 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.
In Hvar Town itself there are many historic buildings to see down at sea level including the St Stephen's Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace, Arsenal and Theatre but the most impressive location in this beautiful town is the 16th century Fortress Spanjola perched high above offering stunning views across the bay and to the islands beyond. 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.
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 standing on the site of the Greek city of Pharos, also has many fine historic buildings, particulalrly the Tvrdalj (castle) and a picturesque harbour; quite close to Hvar Town, but away from the crowds, is the small resort of Milna and in the middle of the island, just beyond Jelsa, is the semi-abandoned village of Humac which has a fabulous konoba (traditional restaurant) and a number of paths offering fine views over the south coast and towards Korcula, nearby (on foot) is the Grapceva cave.
For more adventurous activities there are many cycle trails and hiking routes, there is sailing, kayaking, diving and SUP, there is even skydiving. A multi-activity adventure park can be found in Jelsa which caters for both groups and families. For many, though, the must-do excursion would be a boat trip to visit the Blue Cave at Bisevo Island off Vis; the nearby Pakleni Islands are another boat trip from Hvar Town.
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Hotels to visit
The family-friendly Hotel Podstine is set amongst palm trees, citrus trees and pines, close to the beach and only a short drive away from the old town.
The charming Hotel Croatia is just a short walk from the old town centre and the harbour. The lovely building is situated by the sea in a garden of pine trees.
This former 14th century palace has been restored and is now the Villa Nora, a traditional small hotel situated in the middle of Hvar's old town.
J Chambers, Gibraltar, October 2017
G Creamer, UK, October 2017
C Sillett, UK, October 2017
M Fenner, UK, July, 2017
L Coomber, UK, Sept 2016
M Miles, UK, August 2016
C Bertinshaw, UK, August 2016
J Tofts, UK, August 2016
P Robinson, UK, Oct 2015
A Wilkinson, UK, Oct 2015