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Hvar
Travel Guide

Hvar showing a marina

With wonderful weather, a stylish marble-clad town and pretty lavender fields, this upscale island is a favorite among foreign visitors.

The stunning island of Hvar charms with its sophisticated and chic main city, as well as its hidden coves and lush, fertile interior. Base yourself in Hvar Town to explore the island’s pebbled beaches, charming harbor-side villages, lavender fields and pine-covered hills.

Look for evidence of the island’s long history. It has seen many inhabitants come and go, from Neolithic people to Greeks, Romans and Venetians. During the Renaissance period, Hvar grew prosperous through shipbuilding and crop cultivation and became an important Croatian literature center. Among the writers who emerged from Hvar during the 1500s was one of Croatia’s most famous poets, Petar Hektorović. Make your way to the town of Stari Grad to see Hektorović’s summer residence, Tvrdalj Castle.

Spend days exploring the swanky Hvar Town, which was first developed in the 13th century and has a number of well-preserved historic sights. Have a drink on the terraces of St. Stephen’s Square under the shadow of the looming St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Arsenal. Step into the past at the mighty fortress Fortica Španjola or check out notable artworks in the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery and museum. Several nearby beaches include the gorgeous Dubovica beach, a hideaway cove on the south shore between Hvar and Stari Grad. Hvar town is renowned for its nightlife. Visit a few of the harborside bars as night falls.

For a more casual holiday experience, stay in the historic port town of Jelsa or in the sleepy little port village of Vrboska. Include a daytrip to the Pakleni Islands, which you can reach by regular taxi boat. Many of the chain’s more than a dozen islands have deserted beaches and lush forested interiors. Head to Jerolim or Marinkovac for beautiful nudist beaches or to car-free Sveti Klement to see the lush gardens.

Reach Hvar by ferry, which can accommodate cars. The island is served by several bus routes, but for more freedom, rent a car or a scooter to travel around during your stay.

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovica 5, Hvar
The price is £85 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
Offering direct access to the beach, this Hvar resort is on the boardwalk, steps away from Stari Grad Plain and Momo Beach. Port of Hvar and Franciscan Monastery ...
4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
Nice resort
"Big resort on along the coast. It’s away from town about 15 minutes to the center along the water. Rooms were big and the balcony was nice to have. I went in late September during the Covid pandemic so it was really quite but the staff was very helpful and nice nonetheless. Definitely a nice option ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
Obala Fabrika 28, Hvar
The price is £93 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Located in Hvar Old Town, this spa hotel is steps away from Stari Grad Plain, Franciscan Monastery and Heritage Museum and Hvar Public Theater. Hvar Loggia and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (296 reviews)
"This is one of our favorite hotels! The location is absolutely wonderful, the staff are cheerful and helpful, the food is amazing, the bar on top has an incredible view, and the spa and massage services are excellent. Definitely recommend this hotel! We will be back!"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel
Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel
5 out of 5
Trg Sv. Stjepana 5, Hvar
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Located in Hvar Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Stari Grad Plain, Hvar Loggia and Hvar Public Theater. Franciscan Monastery and Heritage Museum ...
5/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Amazing new hotel!!
"When I saw a new LHW 5 star hotel opened in Hvar in 2019 I just had to check it out and it didn’t disappoint! The hotel has 45 rooms and is right in Hvar harbor. I loved the muted white and cream decor used throughout the hotel. I stayed in one of their sea view balcony rooms which looked out to ..."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2020

Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel
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Komazin
Komazin
4 out of 5
Nikice Kolumbica 2, Hvar
The price is £44 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Located in Križna luka, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Stari Grad Plain and Pokonji Dol Beach. Port of Hvar and Hvar Public Theater are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (334 reviews)
"Andro was fantastic, he picked us up and drop us off at the Ferry. His place was very nice and clean. Location was about 15min walk from main square that didn’t bother us at all. The comfortable large terrace with a view of the water was fantastic. A local market was very close by as was a great ..."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

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Bonkan
Bonkan
3 out of 5
Dinka Novaka 17, Hvar, Hrvatska
The price is £48 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Hvar Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Stari Grad Plain, Franciscan Monastery and Heritage Museum and Hvar Fortress. Benedictine ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
crappy to say the least
"wifi didnt work, host started harrassing us to leave asap by 10am, not very comforting experience"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

Bonkan
Hotel Teranea
Hotel Teranea
4 out of 5
24 Lucije Rudan, Hvar, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija
The price is £133 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Located in Križna luka, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stari Grad Plain and Pokonji Dol Beach. Port of Hvar and Bishop’s Palace are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"Top quality apartment. Excellent management need taxi from town, but easy."

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2020

Hotel Teranea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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