Hvar is one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. It is often perceived as an expensive Island – one dominated by the rich and famous. But contrary to popular belief – anyone can visit! Although it is pricey, there are many ways you can still have the time of your life with a small budget.
Hvar is the sunniest Island in the Adriatic. With an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine a day, crystal clear water and stunning landscapes, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular! The Island is also full of rich cultural and historical heritage.
So if this has convinced you to book the next flight out there – here is my complete guide to Hvar Town! Offering my best tips on the top things to do, and where to eat or stay depending on your budget range.
How to get to Hvar
Hvar Island is only accessible via a ferry. If you are arriving from another country, the best option is to fly to Split and hop on a ferry from Split port to Hvar Town. If you are already in Croatia, many Islands and cities such as Dubrovnik have ferry’s which will take you there. Jadrolonija is Croatia’s largest passenger transfer company – the one I used for all my journeys. The best thing to do is book your tickets in advance via the website, as it means you can just jump straight on the boat (ticket booths can get very busy). It is a large ferry with a bar for food and drink, plus plenty of storage for your luggage.
Where to stay
There are a variety of different types of accommodation in Hvar. From expensive luxury resorts to affordable apartments. There are places to suit all budgets. Here are a few of the most highly rated accommodations for each budget range…
$$$ – Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
One of the only Hotel resorts in Hvar Town – Amfora is located right in the centre. There are many rooms with stunning panoramic views of the sea. It has an excellent sizable pool area and is even based on a private beach which hosts an array of beach bars. If glamour is what you are after, Amfora is the place to be.
$$ – Dela B&B Hvar
This is the Bed and Breakfast I stayed at and I couldn’t recommend it more! It is a beautiful B&B with amazing owners and staff that will go out of there way to help you. If you desire to be based near Hvar Town, not in the noisier centre – this is the perfect place to stay. Although it is located around 1.3 kilometres away from the centre (4 minute drive or 15 minute walk), the owners will happily drive you to and from town whenever you require! Dela B&B boasts wonderful panoramic views and a peaceful atmosphere. Rooms have either mountains or sea views – I recommend a sea view room with a balcony, a great place to watch the sunset with a glass of wine! Oh and to top this all off they have an outdoor pool – the best place to chill after a busy day exploring the Island.
$ – Apartments Lea
Renting an apartment is one of the cheaper alternatives for accommodation in Hvar. Apartments Lea is one of the most highly rated. It is located right in the heart of Hvar Town, close to all the attractions and restaurants. With a fully equipped kitchen, TV, free WIFI and a terrace – it’s easy to see why guests rate it so high. Prices are also very reasonable for the excellent location.
Where to Eat
Eating out in Hvar can be pretty expensive, so it’s best to do a bit of research and check out some menus before you decide where to eat. Most restaurants here specialise in Croatian food and seafood – but many restaurants serve a variety of dishes. Trip Advisor is the best website to use to find your perfect restaurant, as they guide you depending on your budget and desired cuisine. To make it slightly easier, here are some of my personally recommended restaurants…
Rozeta Sushi & Oyster Bar
If you are like me and love sushi – this restaurant is a must! Everything here is cooked fresh, there is lovely atmosphere and good service. The sushi was great – I especially recommend the crispy rolls! It is a more pricey restaurant, but not much different to other restaurants in the town.
One of the cheaper restaurant in Hvar Town. Alviz has inside tables as well as a pretty courtyard. There is a long menu serving all sorts of food at very reasonable prices. The pizza is especially noted as one of their best dishes – so if you love pizza head here! I had the sea bass – I wasn’t expecting much for the price, but it was actually wonderful!
For seafood lovers – Macondo is the place to be! Situated along a lit-up cobbled side street, Macondo is a hidden gem. There is all sorts of fish to choose from – mussels, seafood pasta, grilled fish. A fish platter is my top recommendation.
Top things to do
There are endless amounts of fun things to do and see in Hvar. But if you are short for time here are the 3 things you absolutely MUST do!
#1 Pakleni Islands
A day trip to the Pakleni Islands is a must do when visiting Hvar. They are a group of picturesque small Islands located just off the coast of Hvar Town. As Hvar Town doesn’t have many widely accessible beaches – head here for stunning bays with sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. To get to these Islands, just head down to the port where there are an array of boat companies offering water taxi’s. There are quite a few islands to choose from, all spectacular in their own right. The closest Island to the town is Jerolim – but this can be popular with nudists. So if that is not your thing, Palmižana is one of the most popular, with its wonderful bays and great shore side bistros. Mlini is also a great Island for swimming.
#2 Climb to the top of Hvar Fortress
The wonderful panoramic views at the Fortress, which looks down over Hvar and the Pakleni Islands, are an absolute must see! The Venetian Fort is perched right at the top of a 100 metre high hill. One of the first landmarks you see as you enter into Hvar port. There is a pathway which takes you all the way up to the fortress, it is a pretty steady terrain and only takes around 10 minutes. Cars can also access it if you are not feeling a walk! The fortress is pretty big with many areas to explore, you can even visit the old prison cells. Evening is by far the best time of day to visit as you can enjoy the picturesque views while the sunsets.
#3 Day trip to the famous Zlatni Rat beach, Brac
Hop on a 40 minute ferry to the Island of Bol, where you can visit the world famous Zlatni Rat beach. A beach which is regularly listed as one of the top beaches in Europe! From your arrival destination of Bol port, the beach is around a 20 minute walk. There are many forms of transport that will take you there for a small fee though! A taxi boat or a small train are the most popular.
The Golden Horn as it’s also known, is a beach which stretches out from the land to the Adriatic sea. It can be a pretty busy beach as it is so well known. But due to it’s size there is plenty of space for you to find that perfect spot. As well as the beautiful sand and water, there are many food and drink stalls, water activities (boats to rent + even an inflatable water park!), and a lovely beach bar with live music. This beach is the perfect place to spend the day, with so much to do, eat and see, you need to go!Hvar Town - Complete Guide Click To Tweet