Looking for a warm, sunny destination with abundant green landscapes and clear sea? Welcome to Hvar, an ancient town with a rich history on the island with the same name.
Hvar is famous for its sunny weather all year-round. Rarely will you find yourself in the middle of drizzle when you are visiting this Croatian town. However, sunshiny weather alone is not enough to place any destination on the popular tourism map.
Visitors with varied interests will find something special and interesting in the town of Hvar. Rich cultural heritage, stunning beaches, exciting nightlife activity and plenty of spectacular day trip destinations all wait to be savored and enjoyed in the area.
The best place to start your Hvar exploration is from the top of the 16th-century fortress. It is a great place not only to get your bearing but to have a fitting preview of what is waiting for you to explore. The overlooking location of the fortress affords a glimpse at the spectacular panorama of the Hvar’s rooftops, the colourful harbour and the azure waters at the distance. The site is also worth exploring with the ruins of a medieval castle and its eerie dungeon. If you just want to relax and enjoy the wonderful view before get started, do so in the comfort of the cafe located at the top of the castle.
From the fortress, you can go down the steep steps and proceed to where the action is – the town’s Placja or the main square. The area is so full of charm, understated beauty and truly reminiscent of romantic Venice. Beautiful Venetian palaces line the streets surrounding the Placja and if you are in for a lazy stroll, there are plenty of delightful cafes and courtyard restaurants along the way where you can sample the scrumptious and mouthwatering Croatian cuisine.
After a most satisfying repast at the Placja, continue your slow stroll and follow the path along the sea until you reach the nearby Franciscan Monastery. Those who love religious art will find pleasure in the art collection of the monastery’s museum. Moreover, the divine garden just outside the museum is perfect for idyllic moments, if you are in need of one. If you happen to be lucky, you just might chance upon a concert held at the site’s lovely cloister. If not, you can just explore the neighbouring 15th-century church of Our Lady of Mercy and the sacral treasures housed inside. Finally, if you are interested in exquisite Renaissance architecture, drop by the Loggia and the Clock Tower of the Hotel Palace and enjoy the old-world atmosphere of this part of Hvar.
Of course, the bright sunny weather is best enjoyed on dazzling beaches and Hvar has plenty to offer. Less than four miles away from the town centre you can enjoy a beach getaway at Milna. You can just soak up the sun in this protected cove and if you get hungry there are several restaurants nearby. If you want to explore further, go for a short hike along the pine forest and you will soon find yourself discovering another lovely beach nearby.
Sveta Nedija is another beach destination you might want to check out. The area is also famous for the production of red wine so make sure to have a glass while you are there. Of course, not to be missed is a day trip jaunt at the nearby Pakleni islands. Just hop on a motor boat and in a few minutes, you will be in the midst of a picture-perfect island getaway with its secluded beaches, picturesque coves and lush hills.
The islands are the most visited part of the Adriatic Sea by the yachtsman population, but are also an essential part of Hvar’s tourist offer.
From the town port on one of the many tourist ships and boats you can find some excellent day trips to explore hidden bays on island Hvar and nearby islands.
The most popular of these is a tour to the magical The Blue Grotto or Blue Cave at Bisevo, near the neighbouring island of Vis. The grotto is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic and a popular show cave because of the glowing blue light that appears at certain times of the day. Swimmers, divers, and snorkelers can swim in the small entrance.
Moving from east to west, the island of Pokonji dol with a lighthouse of the same name watches at the first Pakleni islands, called Jerome (Jerolim). On Jerolim there is a famous and long-established naturist beach, equipped with showers and restaurants, just like Stipanska bay on Marinkovac which is also exclusively naturist beach. Stipanska bay hosts the famous “Carpe Diem” Club. Carpe Diem Beach Club organizes special Full Moon Parties with the most famous DJs creating an unforgettable atmosphere under the moonlight. Besides the popular Full Moon nights there are many more events and programs being held there throughout the summer.
On the other side of Marinkovac is Ždrilca bay, with a few sandy beaches, many secluded places for relaxed enjoyment of Hvar sun and sea, and restaurants that offer magnificent traditional Dalmatian dishes. For diving enthusiasts, there is a picturesque underwater world as well.
However, the most famous and beautiful nautical destination is Palmižana on the island of St. Klement, the largest island in the archipelago. Palmižana is the oldest and most famous Hvar resort, and its tourist image starts with professor Eugen Meneghello, who built the mansion in the early 20th century. Eventually the family started to bring diverse species of plants to the island, creating a rare botanical garden.
On the northern side of the bay, there is ACI Marina with 160 berths, while the cuisine is perhaps the best in the Adriatic, with its excellent and renowned restaurants. The large bay with a shallow sandy beach is surrounded by a thick pine forest, heather and rosemary bushes, and along with several boarding houses there is also a store for food and drinks.
Vlaka is a place where you’ll find everything you imagine under the term romantic holidays. It’s a picturesque fishermen village with a little chapel – dedicated to St. Clement, which dates from the 16th century – vegetable gardens, olive groves. Wine lovers will delight in the vineyards of Andro Tomic close to Roman ruins and a Roman mud bath. A special experience is a fiesta in honor of St. Clement, patron saint of the island, which takes place on the last Sunday in July.
At the western end of the archipelago is a group of islands called Vodnjaci. They are known for their exotic underwater world rich in fish, making them a frequent destination for passionate divers and fishermen. On the north side of the islands is Duboka bay with two beautiful beaches and the remains of lime.