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.

Where to stay in Hvar

Pharos Hvar Bayhill Hotel
Pharos Hvar Bayhill Hotel
3 out of 5
Ulica Dinka Kovacevica 10, Hvar, 21450
The price is £133 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Hvar. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (529 reviews)
"Ideal place to stay fit young groups and only 10mins walk to the harbour"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2022

Pharos Hvar Bayhill Hotel
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovica 5, Hvar, 21450
The price is £240 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Hvar. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"A perfect hotel on a beautiful island. Lovely pool and right by a great beach. We really enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Riva Marina Hvar Hotel
Riva Marina Hvar Hotel
4 out of 5
Obala Riva 27, Hvar, 21450
The price is £302 per night from 13 Sep to 14 Sep
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Hvar. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a marina. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Riva Hotel location is the best. Hotel is so clean and modern with cozy and amazing decorations feel like home. Exactly across the ferry stop, room are do quiet thought. Staff are so helpful and professional and the breakfast is one of the best as you can order anything you like from the menu. Outdoor ..."

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2022

Riva Marina Hvar Hotel
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.
Komazin
Komazin
4 out of 5
Nikice Kolumbica 2, Hvar, 21450
The price is £69 per night from 13 Sep to 14 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Hvar. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (367 reviews)
"Andro picked us up from the bus station near the ferry port. The apartment was only a 10 minute walk from hvar town, a nice walk around the coast. There is a lovely beach a 10 min walk away. Andro was very helpful when we arrived. Apartment was nice and just what we needed. A shop is just around ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2022

Komazin
Art Deco Pape
Art Deco Pape
4 out of 5
Ulica Ive Roica 68/70, Hvar, 21450
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Hvar. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (119 reviews)
"Extremely nice and helpful hosts, they welcomed us with cold drinks at check in and gave us lots of recommendations and a bottle of croatian wine and chocolates as a welcome present. Its a short walk to the port and there is a super market near hy. Very happy with the room. There were lots of toiletires, ..."

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2021

Art Deco Pape
Villa M&M
Villa M&M
3 out of 5
Ive Rojica 28, Hvar, 21450
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Hvar. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Pokonji Dol Beach and Port of Hvar ...
Villa M&M
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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