Hvar is sometimes called the “Lavender Island” as it’s famous for growing lavender which is in bloom from the end of June into July. Did you know that Hvar is the sunniest place in Croatia with 2724 sunny hours a year? Known for its trendy ports, late night parties. One of the landmark buildings in Hvar Town is the 16th century Fortress Sanjola, located above the marina. Boat excursions serve the nearby Pakleni Islands, which have secluded beaches and coves. The Pakleni Islands are largely uninhabited and are often described as being among the most beautiful in the world. Stop by the small coastal town of Jelsa.
How to come
If you’re coming from the mainland you’ll have to get to either Split (the ferry ride from Split to Hvar lasts an hour and a half) There is a local bus (#37) that runs every 20 minutes from the airport or Drvenik and then catch the ferry. If traveling by plane the best places to fly into are Split, Brac and Dubrovnik.
One of the landmark buildings in Hvar Town is the 16th century Fortress Spanjola, located above the marina. It’s one of the best places to watch sunsets on the island. At the back of the square is the gorgeous Cathedral of Saint Stephen, is a mix of Baroque and Renaissance styles, and its to the left of here you can find the main bus station, taxi rank and car hire services.
Easter Processiond dating back to 1510: Hvar has one of the longest Easter processions “Za Križen” (Following the Cross) across the Island of Hvar to six churches – Jelse, Plitve, Vrisnika, Svirča, Vrbanja i Vrboske.
There are a few other areas on Hvar Island including Star Grad Hvar – a UNESCO site that is just 30 minutes away. Visit Tvrdalj, a summer residence, and later a fortress built by one of the most significant Croatian Renaissance writers Petar Hektorović. In the center of Tvrdalja, Hektorović has built a Romanesque park with a pond.
Bikes are easy to rent and quite reasonably priced. Cycling on Hvar is the best way to discover natural beauties and hidden places all over the Island.
Where to go out out?
Carpe Diem is your Ocean Club of Hvar and Hula Hula is just a seriously cool beach front bar with a perfect location to watch the sunset.
For pre drinks, cocktails at the gorgeous Adrianna Hotel rooftop bar or Kiva bar, both of which are still located in the centre of Hvar.
Hvar Island has several beaches, some very hard to get access to, like the famous Dubovica, which involves arriving early to park your car by the road, and hike your way down. If you plan to swim, wear shoes or swim fins in the water – there are many sea urchins!
Where to eat and drink on Hvar Island
Dalmatino is top of list on Tripadvisor for Hvar. Located in a quiet place so you are not disturbed by an urban city life while you are enjoying one of the finest dishes on the menu, but still close enough, just a few steps from the main square. Dalmatino will provide you a pleasure to your senses octopus carpaccio,pasta with truffles, shrimp risotto, and the excellent châteaubriand.
Head to the Pakleni Islands
Water taxis run back and forth all day from Hvar to the Pakleni islands. When approaching a water taxi, be sure to check which island it is travelling to. Equally important to take note of are taxi return timings.
The Pakleni (about twenty islets) are located right opposite the town of Hvar. The chain of islands is approximately 10 kilometres long, formed of limestone,17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests.
The closest island is Galesnik. There is a great eco-ethno restaurant with excellent food and astonishing views back to Hvar Town.
Sveti Klement (St Clement sometimes called Veliki Otok or Big Island) island, one of the sunniest in the Adriatic, with many bays, crystal clear water. You can spend your day swimming, snorkelling, fishing, diving, sailing and windsurfing.
Nearby is the other island of Marinkovac which contains Stipanska is the home to Carpe Diem Beach, the Full Moon party and some of the hottest nightlife. Opened from 10 am till 5:50 am.
Palmizana has been a favourite getaway for Hvar islanders since the turn of the 20th century when a Professor Eugen Meneghello built a summer house and inn there, the Meneghello Place.