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Island of Hvar

Hvar Island is undoubtedly Croatia’s top summer resort. It has earned a reputation for being the playground of the rich and famous, and its harbour is filled with expensive mega-yachts that provide the proof. Contrary to outward appearances Hvar is more than a holiday hotspot for millionaires and celebrities. It’s an intriguing destination that offers access to history, culture, peace and tranquility. One of the island’s main attractions is its beautiful port town. Hvar Town boasts 13th century walls, a hilltop medieval fortress and a Renaissance era Cathedral. The island is also well known for its fragrant inland lavender fields.

Croatia’s longest and sunniest island is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago and offers easy access to the beautiful islands of Pakleni. The climate on Hvar is typically Mediterranean and perfect for a relaxing retreat. Excursions and private guided tours to Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrbovska offer an opportunity to explore some of the island’s hidden gems. To get a real feel for island life in Hvar, visit the cultural landmarks and historic attractions that make the popular Croatian resort so interesting and appealing. There are also many picturesque beaches and bays to explore at your own pace. In the countryside, you can admire the lush vineyards and olive groves and smell the scent of fragrant lavender in the air.

To explore and experience Hvar’s jet set reputation, head for the vibrant selection of stylish and elegant upmarket cafes, bars and restaurants that are dotted around the beautiful harbour and in the historic Old Town. The world-class restaurants in Hvar serve delicious classic Croatian and Mediterranean inspired dishes, and also boast extensive wine lists. Budget friendly eateries can also be found nestled in the charming side streets. Once you’ve tasted life in Hvar, you will definitely want to visit the beautiful sun-kissed island again.

Hvar At A Glance

How to get there: Ferry, catamaran or private boat

Population of Hvar:

What to See in Hvar:
Climb the hill behind glitzy Hvar Town for stunning views of the Pakleni Islands. Venture inland to see fields of lavender. Explore sleepy Stari Grad.

Places to visit around Hvar: Pakleni Islands, Jelsa, Stari Grad

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Cruises that visit Hvar

  • 7 Night Deluxe Dubrovnik to Split Cruise

    Discover the breathtaking Dalmatian coast from the UNESCO listed walled city of Dubrovnik to magnificent...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Dubrovnik to Opatija Cruise

    Explore the full length of the magnificent Croatian coast from Dubrovnik to Opatija. Enjoy a highly...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,895
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Dubrovnik to Split Cruise

    Discover the breathtaking Dalmatian coast from beautiful Dubrovnik to stunning Split. Enjoy the...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,795
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Split to Dubrovnik Cruise

    A luxurious cruise on a brand new SIGNATURE ship from Split to Dubrovnik, enjoying stops in Sibenik...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,795
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Opatija to Dubrovnik Cruise

    Explore the full length of the stunning Croatian coast on this Signature one-way cruise from Opatija...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,895
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Croatia Game of Thrones Cruise

    A unique hand-crafted ‘Game of Thrones’ cruise, visiting the filming locations of this magical...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,895
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch

Twin & Multi-Centre Holidays to Hvar

  • Hvar & Dubrovnik Twin Centre Holiday

    3 nights in Dubrovnik and 4 nights on the jet-set island of Hvar, staying in 4 star hotels. This...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,295
    • Board: B&B
  • Hvar & Dubrovnik Twin Centre Holiday

    3 nights in Dubrovnik and 4 nights on the jet-set island of Hvar, staying in 4 star hotels. This...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,295
    • Board: B&B
  • Split and Hvar Island Twin Centre Holiday

    3 nights in Split and 4 nights in charming Hvar, staying in 4-star hotels. This itinerary includes...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,195
    • Board: B&B
  • Split, Hvar & Brac 10 Night Multi Centre Holiday

    A memorable Croatia multi-centre holiday where you will spend 3 nights in Split, 4 nights in Hvar
    • 10 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: B&B
  • Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik Multi Centre Holiday

    Enjoy 2 nights in Split, 3 nights in Hvar, 2 nights in peaceful Korcula, & 3 nights in fascinating...
    • 10 nights
    • Price From: £1,645
    • Board: B&B
  • Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik Multi Centre Holiday

    2 Nights in Zagreb, 2 nights in Plitvice, 3 nights in Split, 4 nights in Hvar & 3 nights in
    • 14 nights
    • Price From: £2,095
    • Board: B&B

Things to do in Hvar

  • Stari Grad, Hvar

    Discover Hvar’s Hidden Gems

    Beautiful Hvar Island boasts many delightful attractions, and also hidden gems. Croatia’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is of the island’s most scenic locations. The landscape surrounding the medieval town is studded with lush olive groves and vineyards. Take a walk along the winding streets to the town’s charming small square, and visit the Church of St Nicholas. The tiny town of Jelsa is also worth exploring, as it has gorgeous tranquil beaches and pine forests.

  • Hvar Old Town

    Explore The Charming Old Town

    The ancient Old Town of Hvar is a hive of bustling activity all year round. Tourists flock to the historic centre to admire the elegant piazza, and to visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the gothic palaces. You can wander through the marble pedestrian-only streets, and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying lunch at a quaint pavement café. If you visit the in the evening, you’ll witness how the nightlife magically transforms the charming Old Town.

  • Fortress Fortica, Hvar

    Visit Fortress Fortica

    Affectionately known as Spanjola, by the locals, Fortress Fortica is both a castle and a fort. Built in 16th century, Fortica initially served as protection against invading armies. From it’s summit you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the neighbouring Pakleni islands. Located within the fortress walls you will find interesting historical exhibits and collections of medieval antiquities and ancient amphora. The fortress also has its own terrace café where you can enjoy refreshments.

  • Lavender fields in Hvar, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia

    Find Your Piece Of Paradise

    As Croatia’s sunniest island, Hvar is the perfect place to discover paradise. Fragrant lavender grows in the fields that are dotted all over the island. During the month of June, the village of Velo Grablje hosts the annual Lavender Festival. For a real taste of Hvar, join a wine or olive oil tasting tour and sample the delicious specialties on offer. If your idea of paradise is something more serene, head for a secluded beach.

  • Pakleni Islands

    Escape To The Pakleni Islands

    When spending time on Hvar, you can easily escape to the hidden beaches and lagoons of the neighbouring Pakleni Islands. The scenic islands are located directly in front of Hvar, in the crystalline waters of the Adriatic, and form a chain of wooded isles. Hop board a boat and sail away to a peaceful retreat. On a sun-kissed pebble beach you can relax and top up your tan, or swim and snorkel in the sea.

Restaurants in Hvar

  • Restaurant Black Pepper

    Restaurant Black Pepper

    Unlike most of the other stylish local eateries that you’ll find on Hvar Island, Restaurant Black Pepper features a menu that is more compact and concise. The imaginative and creative Croatian dishes served up here include exotic ingredients like octopus. There is also a taster menu that allows you to sample multiple treats in one sitting. Dine inside, or reserve a table on the elegant terrace that boasts stunning views of the picturesque waterfront promenade.

  • Fig Café Bar

    Fig Café Bar

    Run by a chef who once travelled the world offering catering services to a wealthy mega yacht owning clientele, the charming Fig Café Bar is a delightful little spot to stop for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea. You can enjoy a unique taste experience sampling the diverse collection of delicious Mexican, North American, Croatian and Mediterranean inspired dishes. There’s also a good choice of flavoursome and colourful vegetarian and vegan options available on the menu.

  • Restaurant Dalmatino

    Restaurant Dalmatino

    A friendly Croatian welcome awaits you at Restaurant Dalmatino. The popular steak and fish house tends to get very busy, so it’s recommended that you reserve a table. Choose from a selection of traditional beef and fish dishes, fresh seasonal salads, pasta and vegetarian options. There’s also Granny’s homemade cake and cheese with truffles. If you want to dine like the locals, make sure that you order some free-flowing rakija (grappa) to accompany your meal.

  • Restaurant Meditteraneo

    Restaurant Meditteraneo

    Situated just a short distance from Hvar’s pretty harbour, Restaurant Mediterraneo serves up authentic Croatian cuisine is a relaxed ambience. You can take a seat at a table inside the modern restaurant, or opt to dine alfresco in the elegant spacious courtyard. Sip a chilled drink whilst you browse the menu that features steak, fish, seafood and pasta dishes. The extensive wine list includes a variety of popular wines that are produced on the island.

Hotels on Hvar