Hvar is an island off the coast of southern Croatia. It is the longest island of more than 1200 Croatian islands and the one with the most hours of sunshine in Europe. Town Hvar is an ancient city and a port, situated in a bay on the southern coast of the island. It is a protected Cultural Heritage area. With its story, architecture, Mediterranean landscape, crystal clear sea, untouched bays with beautiful pebble and sand beaches Island and town Hvar will definitely enchant you. It is one of the most visited Croatian destinations. Hvar is a perfect holiday destination for couples, families and young people in search of active holidays and rich nightlife. Town Hvar is a popular destination for many international celebrities, sailors and active young people.
What to Visit
The town main square measures around 4500 square meters and it is one of the most beautiful ones in Croatia. From there you can visit the Cathedral of St. Stephen, the protector of the city built in the 16th century, one of the oldest public theaters in Europe, established in 1612.
Franciscan monastery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the town walls that date from the 13th century and embrace a part of the city. A must see is the fortress Fortica on the top of the hill from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the town and the little islands in front of Hvar. Every summer the Hvar Summer Festival takes place with its every day open air performances, concerts, exhibitions and lots of other cultural and artistic events.
Sport and recreation
There are numerous possibilities for those who want to be active during their holiday, from scuba diving and sailing clubs, tennis, parasailing, sea kayak, rock climbing, hiking and trekking.
In town Hvar, you can enjoy some traditional Dalmatian cuisine which is practically Mediterranean cuisine. Traditional Dalmatian meals are rich with herbs like rosemary, basil, sage and thyme and there is a great use of various spices, garlic and olive oil. The most common dishes are prepared with fish, mollusks, shells and lamb. Island Hvar is famous for its olive oil, wine and herbs cultivation and production. We advise you to try some of these dishes: Dalmatian smoked ham (Dalmatinski prsut) with olives and goat cheese as an appetizer. Seafood risotto, Black risotto, Gnocchi with goat cheese or fish soup as a first course. Hvarska gregada (fish and potato casserole), Dalmatian pasticada (stewed beef in wine with prunes and vegetables) or grilled fish with vegetables or local pesto made of honey, dried figs, almonds, goat cheese and herbs.
The nightlife in Hvar is one of the richest on the Adriatic. There are lots of restaurants, pubs, taverns, bars, beach bars and discotheques. Hvar’s nightlife attracts lots of young people from all around the world. There are organized events during the whole summer, from concerts, parties in beach bars, the famous Ultra Europe After beach party in July and much more. Beach parties are very popular because you can enjoy your perfect day on the beach, swimming, dancing, listening to good music and drinking delicious cocktails till late at night. You can also run into some international stars.
The Pakleni islands are located in front of the town Hvar. There are 16 little islands, formed of limestone with a low black pine forest. The islands are a very popular destination, especially for yachts because it offers numerous hidden bays and coves where you can hide from the “crowd” and find yourself a peaceful place to enjoy all the beauty nature has to offer. Pakleni islands are not populated, but there are few restaurants where you can refresh yourself. See more about Pakleni islands here.
The Blue Cave is a spectacular cave on the small island of Bisevo. There are many organized tours from the town Hvar. It is definitely worth a visit. See more about the Blue Cave here.
If you would like to take home some souvenirs give it a look at these ones: Lavender, Agave lace and Extra virgin olive oil.