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After spending four days on this incredible island, I wanted to share with you my ultimate guide to Hvar, Croatia. It was a whirlwind of a time and couldn’t help but fall in love with Hvar. There’s something about the stone town that sits up on the Adriatic, reflecting back over the glassy waters.

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

Hvar Town is breathtaking, especially as you make the approach by the many catamarans available from Split. The Fortica Spanjola towers over the town and tiny, intertwining paths work their way up to one of the best views over town. It’s easy to see why many head there for sunset. Along the way, little boutiques and restaurants spill out onto the cobblestone streets, filling the air with a buzzing excitement. There’s no shortage of energy on this island.

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, CroatiaThe Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia is one of the top islands to visit and is an accessible stopping point from Dubrovnik or Split. Clear turquoise waters matched only by equally beautiful villages, makes it’s one of those places you can’t miss while visiting Croatia.

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

Helpful travel tips for Hvar, Croatia

  • Be sure to book your ferry tickets online in advance via Jadrolinija.
  • Hvar Town is walkable in itself, though a car would be good to see more of the island.
  • You could easily spend a week here, I’d recommend a minimum of 3 nights to enjoy it.
  • Most places will take credit card though some are cash only. There are plenty of ATM’s around.
  • Be sure to double check if the seafood is fresh when ordering.
  • Find more guides on Croatia here.

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

Where to Stay in Hvar, Croatia

There are a few options for hotels in Hvar and depends entirely on the experience you want. We opted to stay in Hvar Town for one night so we could easily access the town and some spots we had bookmarked. Afterward, we headed out to a corner of the island for a few days of relaxation at a luxury boutique hotel called Little Green Bay.

Best Hotels in Hvar Town:

Hotel Adriana

Heritage Villa Apolon 

Staying at Little Green Bay:

This was our one splurge during the trip to Croatia, and we loved the privacy of the hotel. It sits out over its own Bay. I think it’s a little pricey for what it is, however, the rooms are beautiful and it was one of the few boutique luxury hotels I could find. There are only a dozen or so rooms which makes it feel intimate.

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Staying at Little Green Bay

Where to Eat in Hvar, Croatia

  • Fig Cafe: One of the most popular spots, we stopped in for lunch and their flatbread. Really yummy food and worth the wait.
  • Kava37: The most recently craft coffee shop has opened in Hvar and it’s a dream. This place is tucked up a street and combined with a pretty interior, I had one of the best coffees there. They also do fresh pastries in the morning.
  • Macondo: One of the more popular seafood restaurants and incredibly tasty food. Unfortunately I had one bad mussel (not at all the restaurants fault!) here and it sent me over the edge. I would still recommend this restaurant as it was so lovely and would definitely return on my next trip there.
  • Lungo Mare: This was one of the top restaurants recommend to us by a local, and mentioned their seafood to be the best. Unfortunately couldn’t make it here.
  • Dalmatino: A solid choice for an array of dishes from seafood to pasta.
  • Konoboa Maestro: Head here for the classics.
  • Green Goodness Hvar: Come here for fresh juices and smoothies.

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

Things to Do in Hvar, Croatia

  • Explore Old Town: You could spend a good afternoon walking around the alleyways here.
  • Make the hike up to the fortress: I would head early in the morning or for sunset from Fortica Spanjola and soak in the views.
  • Rent a boat: You’ll see plenty of vendors offering boat rentals and with the Paklinski Islands right there, you could make a day of it.
  • Beach hop: You’ll find plenty of beaches to choose from across the island and one of our favorites was Hvar Beach with Pokonij Dol restaurant right there. ( A few other beaches include: Robinsons Bay, Mekicevica Beach, Dubovica, Zarace Beach.)
  • Explore the island: One option is to rent a car for the time and explore the many towns across.
  • Spend a day in Stari Grad: Known as the “little Venice,” this small town is picturesque and stunning to explore.

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia

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  1. What a wonderful post!! My parents live on Hvar and we often go there, back to our roots and heritage, it’s a beautiful part of the world!! Your photos are wonderful!! There are sooooo many hidden gems on Hvar, one must spend a whole summer there to just crack through the surface. X

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