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HvarCroatia

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.

Where to stay in Hvar

Hvar which includes a square or plaza

Hvar Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Hvar Old Town is known for its captivating waterfront views, and you can make a stop by Hvar Town Arsenal and Port of Hvar while in the area.

Hvar Old Town
Križna luka, Hvar, Croatia

Križna luka

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Križna luka might not have many top sights, but Port of Hvar and Hvar Town Arsenal are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Križna luka

Top hotels in Hvar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovića 5, Hvar
£82
per night
5 May-6 May

With direct access to the beach, this Hvar resort is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Franciscan Monastery and Heritage Museum, Hvar Town Arsenal ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,069 reviews)

"The hotel was perfect, it was exactly like the pictures, from the moment I got off the ferry in Hvar, I was greeted my a member of staff who took my bags to the hotel, it is 10 minute walk alone the shore line to the hotel, at reception I was greeted by lovely staff, I was shown to my sea view room, ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
Obala Fabrika 28, Hvar
£213
per night
5 May-6 May

Located in Hvar Old Town, this spa hotel is steps away from Franciscan Monastery and Heritage Museum, Hvar Public Theater and Hvar Loggia. Hvar Town Arsenal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (294 reviews)

"We loved this property. The moment you walked in you were given a welcome drink and sent off to your beautiful room. Decor is modern yet has an island feel to it. The ocean view rooms are beautiful overlooking the small boats and across to the main square. Pool was great and the employees were friendly, ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel
Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel
5 out of 5
Trg Sv. Stjepana 5, Hvar
£347
per night
5 May-6 May

Located in Hvar Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Hvar Loggia, Hvar Public Theater and Hvar Town Arsenal. Franciscan Monastery and Heritage Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
This hotel is a gem!

"Great location, magnificent restoration and beautiful attention to detail in the interior design. The service was attentive but not overpowering and the food at the restaurant/lounge was of high quality. Full marks from us!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel

Popular things to do in Hvar

Palmizana Marina
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Palmizana Marina

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Hvar with a trip to Palmizana Marina. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Hvar Fortress
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Hvar Fortress

4.5/5(84 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Hvar with a stop at Hvar Fortress. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Port of Hvar
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Port of Hvar

4.5/5(65 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Hvar with a trip to Port of Hvar. Amble around this relaxing area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its lively bars.

Top activities in Hvar

Blue cave & Hvar, 5 islands tour from Split and Trogir
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Blue cave & Hvar, 5 islands tour from Split and Trogir

100% of travellers recommend
£94
Per adult
Blue Cave, Vis and Hvar Tour - Unique Experience
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Blue Cave, Vis and Hvar Tour - Unique Experience

£127
Per adult
Abandoned village tour
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Abandoned village tour

£132
Per adult
Private tour to Hvar and Brac
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Private tour to Hvar and Brac

£89
Per adult
Private tour: Hvar and Pakleni Islands from Trogir or Split
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Private tour: Hvar and Pakleni Islands from Trogir or Split

£573
Per adult
Hidden Gems of Hvar
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Hidden Gems of Hvar

£141
Per adult

Reviews of Hvar

4.9

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Sep 2019

Like most of Croatia, now overrun by tourists :-(

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Sep 2019

Hvar is paradise Island. Great bars and restaurants to eat the best seafood and relax. Also more active options of snorkelling snd dancing at Carpe Diem and Hula Hula bar 

5/5 - Excellent

Steve

13 Sep 2019

It is truly a stunning Town with friendly people and a great atmosphere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Sep 2019

Hvar is a beautiful island which has excellent restaurants, an interesting history, a relaxed atmosphere with easy access to other islands/sites of interest.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Really amazing place, many beautiful beaches, nightlife, good food, watersports, islands to explore. Would definately go again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Aug 2019

Lovely place although busy. Get a boat to Pakleni islands - we went to Mlini beach and also walk past the town beaches/bays for swimming.