Hvar Holidays & Tours

Hvar, Croatia, is a dreamy island paradise nestled in the Adriatic Sea, renowned for its exquisite beauty and glamorous allure. This sun-kissed destination boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters, idyllic beaches, and lush landscapes dotted with lavender fields and olive groves. Hvar Town, the island’s vibrant hub, exudes an enchanting atmosphere with its historic architecture, lively squares, and a bustling waterfront promenade.

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Hvar Town has a historic centre with impressive landmarks like Spanjola Fortress which offers a panoramic view over the town, harbour, the sea, and nearby islands from the top. It’s also home to the oldest still active public theatre in Europe, which dates back over 400 years.

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The Best Hvar Holidays

Hvar is a Mediterranean paradise. Famous for its lavender fields, vineyards, and crystal-clear waters, Hvar offers a blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and vibrant nightlife, making it a sought-after destination in the region.

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Why We Love Hvar Holidays

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Michela

Croatia Specialist

Hvar’s sun-drenched landscapes and a captivating history make it a popular destination for our clients. The town of Hvar, centered around a picturesque harbor, showcases a harmonious blend of Venetian, Austrian, and French influences in its architecture. Renowned for its lavender production, Hvar’s fields burst into fragrant blooms in summer. Visitors can explore the medieval charm of Hvar Fortress, providing panoramic views of the Adriatic. With its lively nightlife, waterfront restaurants, and hidden coves, Hvar caters to diverse tastes. This idyllic island, adorned with olive groves and vineyards, continues to be a haven for those seeking both relaxation and cultural exploration.

Best Things to do in Hvar

Hvar, a Croatian gem in the Adriatic, beckons with sun-kissed beaches, lavender-scented landscapes, and medieval charm.

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    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.

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    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 in the evening, you’ll witness how the nightlife magically transforms the charming Old Town.

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    Visit Fortress Fortica

    Affectionately known as Spanjola, by the locals, Fortress Fortica is both a castle and a fort. Built in the 16th century, Fortica initially served as protection against invading armies. From its 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.

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    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 specialities on offer. If your idea of paradise is something more serene, head for a secluded beach.

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    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 aboard 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.

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Best Time to Visit Hvar

April through October is the tourist season in Hvar with the busiest and hottest period in July and August. Most tourists arrive in the summer to soak up the sun and enjoy refreshing swims from the beaches, with sightseeing optimal in the early morning hours. While the water may be a bit too chilly for a swim in April or early May, this is a good time to avoid the crowds and enjoy comfortably warm temperatures. Mid-September through early October may be the best time of all with summer’s heat making the sea quite pleasant and visitor numbers start to decrease.

Hvar FAQs

How many days do you need in Hvar?

The historic sites in Hvar Town can be covered in just a day but a minimum of three days is needed to explore the island properly. You’ll want a day to take advantage of the sailing opportunities with one of the top trips winding through the nearby Pakleni islands. An excursion to Brac Island to visit photogenic Zlatni Rat Beach for an unforgettable swim is possible too. Plus, there are wineries for touring and tasting, and many other towns and villages worth exploring like Jelsa and Stari Grad at the north end of the island.

When is the best time to see the lavender fields? 

Typically, Hvar’s famous lavender fields will be in bloom in June and July. The lavender festival that celebrates this event takes place in late July. This is when you’ll not only witness the landscapes blanketed in purple, but you can purchase lavender-based products like essential oils, perfumes, scented pillows, and saps while learning more about how the plant is harvested.

What are must-sees in Hvar?

There are multiple impressive historical sites in Hvar Town that are essential to see, including the 16th-century Spanish fortress that soars above Hvar Town, the Arsenal Theatre that opened its doors in 1612, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built over the 16th and 17th centuries. Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was first colonised by the Greeks in the 4th century BC and you won’t want to miss Tvrdalj Castle in Stari Grad, a fortified villa that belonged to Croatian Renaissance poet Petar Hektorovic.

Is Hvar worth visiting?

With so much to see and do, Hvar is well worth visiting, in fact, you’ll probably find you want more time than you’ve allotted. While some people come on a day trip to explore Hvar Town’s historical sites, it really calls for at least one overnight and preferably several. You’ll have the chance to go well beyond the main hub, enjoy delights like sunbathing on the beautiful beaches, wine tasting, delving into the buzzing nightlife, and perhaps a leisurely bike ride.

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