Hvar (pronounced 'var) is an Island off the Coast of Croatia about 90kms from Split (2 hr ferry or 1 hr catamaran required). The Main town and social hub is Hvar Town which is set in a beautiful bay. The Square is one of the most beautiful in Europe and the City Walls contain Traffic-free streets perfect for promenading in the evening. With Millionaires yachts bobbing in the harbour and a Cocktail in hand it’s hard to not to feel you are in paradise. It Certainly attracts the beautiful people in high season – it can seem like the worlds Jetset have all arrived at once. Mind you as the sun sets the light here makes anyone look beautiful – don’t propose – it’s a trick of the light.
It is estimated that 20000 people a day visit HVAR TOWN in the peak tourist season, and it can be crowded and expensive in parts – the more research you do before you go the more you will enjoy your stay. A little research here reaps dividends with Restaurants just off the beaten track offering great food and great prices.
The Top Five hotels in Hvar are – Amfora (looks like a Bond villains lair), Adriana Hvar Spa (The most stylish hotel here?), Podstine (great if you want to be a bit out of the centre), Riva Yacht Harbour, Park
For a great restaurant head to the small village of Milna (great sunbathing spot loved by the locals – so you could make a day of it) – and then look for Moli Onte Restaurant – it specialises in seafood and spit-roasted pig and with two terraces overlooking the sea you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a view to match the food. When we visited almost everyone agreed it was the best seafood we had ever had (maybe the view, the sun, or the view helped but boy was it good) – due to its out of town location the prices are reasonable too.
Events and festivals
From June to September there are classical concerts in the 550 year old Franciscan Monastery on the seafront. This iconic venue is the perfect backdrop for these open air events with entry often less than 10 euros per person.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
A trip to the Pakleni Islands makes for a great day out. A short taxi-boat ride from Hvar's harbour these small pine scented islands are popular with Nudists so if your bashful stick to the main paths. There are also organised boat trips and sea kayaking expeditions. If you want to do your own thing completely you can hire a boat for the day for £45 approx in Hvar harbour and cruise around the Islands until you find a beach to call your own.
If you are here in early summer then a walk in the Lavender fields is a must. Hvar has been known as ''the island of lavender'' for hundreds of years and Tours operate to take you to the fields and then where the Lavender is distilled.
Hvar has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and cool wet winters
- Best time of year to travel:
From June to September it is at its hottest and busiest but there is lots going on - Spring and Autumn are cooler and less busy. This is one place where that’s an important distinction – if you don’t like busy don’t come here in
- Currency: Croatian Kuna is accepted everywhere. Euros are accepted in some places
- Flight time from UK: 3 hrs approx.
- Visa and passport information:
Croatia is an EU member state. You don't need a visa for tourist and business trips of up to 90 days in any 6 month period (Correct Aug 2016)