Hvar belongs to the mid-Dalmatian islands. It is situated in Split-Dalmatia County, in the midst of a group of islands that are part of the county. In its immediate neighborhood, north of it is the island of Brač, and south of it is Šćedro (separated from it by Šćedorski channel), Vis (more towards the southwest), Paklinski islands of Korčula and Pelješac peninsula.
The island of Hvar, or as some like to call it – the king among the Dalmatian islands – has been known since ancient times for its important strategic and nautical position. Through various historical periods it appeared in many roles, saving for us today many cultural and natural monuments and the literature to learn from.
Thanks to mild climate, warm winters and pleasant summers, many guests, scientists and travelers who are attracted to the luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich tradition and nightlife visit Hvar every year. Hvar is today considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world.
The city of Hvar is proud of the oldest public (national) theater in Europe. Hvar was built through time by notable domestic and foreign architects. Stunning architecture combined with vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards tells the story of harmony between man and nature and it is felt at every step.
Rich cultural and historical heritage of Hvar, which dates from prehistoric times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal clear water, good quality private accommodation in Hvar apartments and rooms in private houses, as well as in hotels combined with kindness of local people are the guarantee of a lovely holiday.
For this piece, we will talk about the town of Hvar where everyone can find something that will give them a peace of mind, a true relaxation of body and soul. The town has recently celebrated 140 years of organized tourism activities, so it doesn’t surprise that they know how to take a good care of their guests.
The town of Hvar can be reached directly from the port of Hvar, or by road from the central part of the island. Once you get there, you will immediately be impressed because the whole place looks like a monument. Centuries old stone is what makes its grounds and the spirit of Renaissance is strongly felt everywhere. Nevertheless, Hvar is not only about the monuments, there is also a vibrant port of Hvar and Pakleni Islands, situated in front of the Hvar bay, its hotels, apartments, its climate, its restaurants and bars, friendly hosts, all of which makes the spirit of an exclusive tourist destination.
Nightlife is what attracts young people from all over the world who want good entertainment. It is a famous party place that has been visited by many worlds’ celebrities, recent one being the Prince Harry of Wales.
So, what else can you I do in Hvar - you wonder? Try eating in one of Hvar's many restaurants that offer fresh seafood, homemade olive oil, organic vegetables and homemade wine. Then hop onto one of the excursion boats to bays on the Pakleni islands, and enjoy sea and sun all day. Then party again! Nightlife on the island of Hvar mostly takes place in the city of Hvar, which became the city that never sleeps - at least not from June to September. There is a great choice of clubs in Hvar to visit, and if you get bored, or if you prefer a place less crowded, simply pick a bar or a restaurant that looks appealing to you. There are so many of them. During summer, the nightlife of Hvar is one of the richest in the Adriatic. The city has a special atmosphere and there’s’ always something going on. Fun lasts long into the night and guests can visit numerous events, restaurants, taverns and clubs.
When the temperature of the sea and the air reaches its highest point in the summer, and the port becomes too crowded with luxurious yachts, the city of Hvar becomes one of the most popular destinations for young people looking for fun. Even if you are not so young any more, you will feel like twenty again. It’s the atmosphere of the place that’s so enchanting.
However, the atmosphere of the city changes from month to month, along with different structure and age of visitors to the city. This only means that Hvar is interesting in different scenarios – from early spring to mid-autumn and even in winter when everything is so quiet.
With the exception of July and August (when there is the biggest number of visitors), noise on the streets from May until mid-October is not so loud, which leaves enough time for peaceful tour of the city without too many people on the beaches. It is a perfect time for all of you who do not enjoy a wild night life, but who love slow walks and sipping coffee while having an interesting conversation (or sharing a gossip) and who enjoying the delicious food and drinks in quiet.
What everyone loves in Hvar are pristine coves near the city which can be visited by car, bike or if you like you can take a walk. In these bays you can swim, and then refresh yourself at nearby restaurants or cafes. The beaches on the island of Hvar are mostly rocky - pebbly, located in bays, surrounded by pine trees and Mediterranean low vegetation. However, there are also a couple of natural sandy beaches, mostly on the north side of the island, due to the fact that the north wind (Bura) and waves on the north side are stronger than those in the south. We figured that the pebbly beaches located mostly in the smaller bays on the north side of the island are more suitable for children. One thing is certain, wherever on the island of Hvar you have your swim, it will be in crystal clear, clean and unpolluted sea!
As for accommodation in Hvar, let’s say that there is everything someone might like. If you are looking for hotels in Hvar, there are all kinds of hotel categories, from luxurious five star hotels to modest ones. However, if you prefer to be on your own and to feel like at home, then you’ll be looking for private accommodation in Hvar, such as apartments and houses for rent. Those which are located in the center of the old town are a bit more expensive, naturally. However, most of the rooms and apartments in private houses are situated on the north part of the bay, under the small hill called Glavice. Furthermore, there are lots of holiday villas in area around the city, such as the old stone houses that have been renovated, thus successfully combining past and modern times. Also, for all of you nature lovers, there are two beautiful campsites in Hvar with their own lovely beaches, surrounded by aromatic pine forest.
As for eating in Hvar, well, the advice is to do it in one of the numerous konobas, as those places serve delicious Dalmatian organic (most of the time) food. Of course, combined with a homemade wine. No one in Dalmatia has their lunch or dinner without a glass of wine, so why would you?