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Cobblestone lanes and ancient sights. Hill-topping fortresses and secret beaches. Secluded islands and hidden coves. Hvar Island, Croatia is a picture-perfect escape. Visitors inspired by beautiful places and eager for an adventure will find there are an abundance of amazing things to do in Hvar, Croatia.
Best Things To Do in Hvar, Croatia
Hvar has a sunny disposition – as in, it is one of the sunniest islands in Croatia (and one of the sunniest places in Europe) – which is why travelers have long flocked to the Dalmatian island.
Although historically developed as a military base, since forming their own tourist office in 1868, Hvar Town has aimed to attract visitors to its sun-drenched shoreline. Today, Hvar is one of the top Croatia places to visit.
The idyllic island has been labeled a glamorous destination – appealing to posh party goers and celebrities for centuries. However, Hvar Town is not exclusive; backpackers mingle alongside the famous…but there is a lot more to do in Hvar than just party.
Planning a Trip to Island of Hvar, Croatia
Hvar Island – and Hvar Town, specifically – was our first Croatian island destination back in 2011. The beauty is simply undeniable…and its charms keep luring us back. We have returned to share it with friends, for slow weeks of relaxation and for a quick visit while on a Croatian Island Hopping Cruise.
Fellow travelers looking for fun things to do in Hvar can use our list of top activities and attractions to help plan their trip. However, there is a lot more to planning your trip than figuring out what to do in Hvar Town. For our top tips and personal insight into traveling to Croatia, use our Guide to Planning a Croatia Vacation.
Each time we visit Hvar, Croatia, we find new places to explore and more reasons to return – so we have kept lists of the Best Things To Do Hvar. We use our notes to make future travel plans for Hvar. As you make your plans for things to do in Hvar Island (and your Croatia trip), organization is key! You can stay organized and plan your best vacation with our printable Travel Planner.
What To Do in Hvar, Croatia
On our first trip to Hvar, we swam in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, soaked in the sunshine and stared in awe at the surrounding paradise. While these are some of the best things to do in Hvar, it’s really only a place to start. Hvar activities range from swimming to boating to hiking…and more. Our list features the absolute best things to do in Hvar Town.
However, there are more things to do on Hvar Island than just visit Hvar Town. While our list of Hvar things to do is most relevant for visitors based in Hvar Town, we offer suggestions for further exploration as well.
10 Best Things To Do in Hvar Town, Croatia
Our list of top Hvar, Croatia things to do is based on our personal experiences. We include our top tips, useful links to more information and a helpful Hvar map at the end of the post. Additionally, we offer recommendations for places to sleep, eat and drink in Hvar Town – and we also include practical tips for getting to Hvar.
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#1 Old Town Hvar Walk and Spanjola Fortress Hike
Hvar’s medieval Old Town is nestled between the Hvar Port and the rising terrain. The Hvar Old Town layout is mostly attributed to the Venetians (who ruled over the town from 1278-1358 and again from 1420-1797). Many of the Old Town structures feature a decorative Venetian flair (albeit, with a touch of local Croatian style).
The best way to discover Hvar Old Town is to follow the cobblestone lanes past historic dwellings, small churches and into the many squares.
Hvar Town Sights
At the center of the Old Town (adjacent to the port) is the Hvarska Pjaca, the large main square, often referred to as St. Stephen’s Square. Many of the historic Hvar attractions are found on the square and the lanes that lead away from it.
St. Stephen’s Square Sights
The top sights to see in Hvar’s St. Stephen’s Square are the Arsenal Building, the Hvar Theater (dating to 1612, it’s one of the oldest theaters in Europe), the Bishop’s Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and a couple of 15th century palaces. Nearby is the Loggia (open gallery) and soaring clock tower, which were once part of the Hvar Governor’s Palace.
Spanjola Fortress (Spanish Fort, Hvar)
Perched above Hvar Town is the 16th century Spanjola Fortress. From the fort, 13th century walls run down the hillside, built to protect the inhabitants of the ancient town.
Climbing the hill to the Spanjola Fort is one of the top things to do in Hvar. From the fort, visitors have stretching views over the Adriatic Sea and Pakleni Island Archipelago. There is a small fee to enter to fort, which also includes access to the dungeons and museum.
Top Tip: Visitors can do their Hvar sightseeing on their own, but will gain a better understanding of the history and culture of the town on a guided Hvar Walking Tour (Read Reviews!).
#2 Explore on a Hvar Boat Trips to Pakleni Islands
Boat trips from Hvar are the best way to experience more of the aqueous wonderland that is dotted with Dalmatian islands. There are numerous organized Hvar boat tours (find highly-rated tours here), but we recommend renting a boat so that you can explore the nearby Hvar islands on your own.
Boat Hire Hvar
We think renting a boat is one of the best things to do in Hvar, Croatia! Rented boats are an ideal way to navigate the waters along the Hvar Island shoreline and Pakleni Islands.
The archipelago is made up of 16 islands and stretches for more than 6 miles. Most of the land in uninhabited and is covered in pine trees. With a small boat, visitors can cruise into secluded coves, drop anchor and jump right in the sea!
No license – or experience – is required to rent a small motorboat. The boats are inexpensive ($75-90 USD for the day) and can accommodate up to five people. We rented a basic Pasara 5hp boat direct from Hvar Boats.
Top Tip: Want to spend a perfect day cruising through the Pakleni Archipelago? Don’t forget to pick up a picnic lunch, water and a few beers from the grocery store. A cooler should be provided with your rental. Don’t forget to bring a towel and sunscreen, too!
Active travelers who want a Hvar adventure can rent a kayak in Hvar and paddle to the Pakleni Islands. Prices are about the same as motorboats for full-day kayak rentals. Want a guide to lead the way? There are organized kayak tours in Hvar, too.
Taxi Boat Hvar Island, Croatia
Another great way to get around the Pakleni Islands is by Hvar taxi boat. The taxi boat stand is in the Hvar Port next to the Arsenal Building.
Visitors can use taxi boats to get to the most popular Pakleni destinations, like Zdrilca Beach, Mlini Beach and the Carpe Diem Hvar Beach Bar on Otok Marinkovac.
#3 Relax at Hvar Beaches
Many people claim that the best beaches on Hvar are found in the Pakleni Islands (in addition to Zdrilca and Mlini Beaches that we mentioned above, Jerolim Beach is a popular nudist beach in the Pakleni Archipelago).
While that may be true, there are several Hvar Town beaches that are just steps from the Old Town and perfect for a quick swim in the sea or all day sun-bathing.
Beaches West Of Hvar Town
We think the best beaches in Hvar are to the west of the Old Town. The biggest – and closest – Hvar Town beach is Beach Bonj (often referred to as Amfora Beach because of its location right in front of the Hotel Amfora). Bonj Beach has chair and umbrella rentals, as well as nearby food stands and restaurants. Majerovice Beach, a smaller beach without services, is located in the cove to the west of Bonj Beach.
Beaches To The East Of Hvar Town
There are two small beaches to the east of the Old Town, Lucica Beach and Krizna Luka Beach. Lucica Beach is located next to the Franciscan Monastery, which is a unique place to swim. Beach Krizna Luka is a rustic, rocky beach. Better Hvar beaches are found further to the east, including the popular Pokonji dol Beach.
Top Tip: The beaches in Hvar are mostly pebbly, not sand, and sea urchins are also abundant. We highly recommend wearing water shoes if you plan on wading into the sea.
#4 See More Hvar Town Sights
Hvar Town is steeped in history. Some of the best places to see in Hvar are the historic sights that are tucked down quiet lanes or perched along the seaside. The Franciscan Monastery is a top attraction, but we think there are a few more must-see Hvar sights.
One of the top things to see in Hvar is the seaside Franciscan Monastery and rising bell tower. Enclosed by high walls and a garden of 300-year-old cypress trees, the 15th century monastery is a peaceful retreat from the busy shoreline.
Inside, there is a small museum that features a collection of local artifacts and paintings. The highlight of a visit, however, is a 16th century painting of The Last Supper.
Hvar City Cemetery
Perhaps not many people would include a cemetery on a list of what to see in Hvar, but we love this little slice of solitude when the town full of tourists. The City Cemetery, which occupies the site of a former 14th century church, was established in 1849.
The graves surround a small chapel and the elevated location offers fine views of the Spanjola Fortress, Hvar Old Town and Adriatic sea.
Hanibal Lucic Garden and Summer Home
The summer house of poet Hanibal Lucic is an interesting and beautiful place to visit in Hvar Town. Built in the 16th century, the walled property is inclusive of gardens and two houses – one of which has been renovated into the Hvar Heritage Museum and city archives.
Historic Hvar City Churches
The city’s two most famous churches are Saint Stephen’s Cathedral (on the main square) and the Franciscan Monastery (on the shore). However, there are several other historic churches that are fun to seek out – like St. Mark’s Belltower and the Church of St. Anthony and Benedictine Convent, where nuns make lace from local agave.
Top Tip: The Hvar Summer Festival is an annual event that features free musical performances in historic venues. During one of our Hvar trips, we attended a phenomenal choir concert in the Franciscan Monastery cloister. Find the current schedule of Hvar events on the official festival website.
#5 Follow the Coastal Walking Trail to Milna, Hvar
The Hvar coastline is characterized by deep coves, shallow bays, turquoise water and pebbly beaches. The scenery is simply stunning…and completely accessible. East of the Old town along the southern shoreline there is an incredible coastline trail that connects Hvar Town to the village of Milna.
Highlights of the walk include Pokonji dol Beach (the most beautiful beach in Hvar!), the secluded Mekicevica Beach near the rustic Robinson Restaurant and many other hidden gems along the way. In Milna, there is another lovely beach and numerous waterfront restaurants serving local Dalmatian fare.
Details for Walking the Coastal Trail in Hvar
Walking the coastal path from Hvar to Milna is one of the top things to do in Hvar Town, but there are a few need-to-know details before you set off on your walk.
The trail from Hvar to Milna is approximately 4 miles and only strays from the shore for short segments. Sections of the trail are fully exposed to sunshine, so sun protection is essential.
It took us about 2 hours to complete the trek one-way (including photo stops and a picnic lunch).
There is an alternate inland route back to Hvar Town that wanders through vineyard landscapes and runs parallel to the main road, Route 116, but it is not nearly as scenic as the coastal route.
Plan to bring your own food and plenty of water. The restaurants – at Pokonji dol Beach, Robinson Beach and Milna – are seasonal and may not be open even in the shoulder season.
Top Tip: Wear walking shoes! In the heat, I was tempted to wear my flip flops, but I think I would have regretted it. The trail is mostly flat and clear, but portions of it are a bit more challenging.
#6 Go Hiking in Hvar to the Napoleon Fortress
The famous Hvar Fortress, Spanjola, attracts so much attention that many visitors fail to notice that there is a second, higher, hill-topping fortress just to the east, Napoleon Fortress.
Built during French occupation in the early 19th century – and thus named after the emperor – the Napoleon Fort offers even more spectacular views than Spanjola – and we think it is a Hvar must-see sight!
Napoleon Fortress (or Napoljun, in Croatian) now houses the Hvar Observatory and is not open to the public. However, the reason to visit is the views…not the actual fort. We have only made this hike early in the day, but have heard that it is a fantastic Hvar sunset spot!
How to Hike to Napoleon Fortress in Hvar Town
The trailhead is accessed via a short walk from the main bus station (walk north along Route 116, veer right onto a narrow road and look for the sign on your right – map). The trail is a series of switchbacks that begins in a forest and continues up the exposed mountainside (which presents fantastic views along the way as well).
From the fort, adventurous trekkers can follow the road down the backside of the hill and continue walking east along a popular bike route. We hiked the trail past a lone dwelling and then followed the path south toward the sea. When the main trail ended, we found a primitive path and scrambled up a mountainside to yet another Hvar viewpoint peak (map).
Hikers can follow the path all the way to Malo Grablje, an abandoned village. Trekkers who want to make the journey in a loop can walk from Malo Grablje to Milna…and then back to Hvar Town via the already mentioned coastal trail in #5.
Top Tip: If you are not an experienced hiker – or if the summer heat is too intense for an inclined climb – you can also drive to Napoleon Fortress.
#7 Go On the Best Hvar Tours
While Hvar Town has attractions, beaches and hiking trails to fill most itineraries, it is also a great jumping off point to nearby sights. Visitors staying in Hvar Town for more than one day might want to consider going on a highly-rated Hvar tour.
Blue Cave Hvar Tour
The Blue Cave Tour from Hvar is a full-day adventure! From Hvar Town, zip by speedboat across the Adriatic Sea to the Vis Archipelago. Swim inside the emerald-glowing Green Cave, then board a smaller boat to go inside the famous Blue Cave on Bisevo Island.
On the way back, stop at Stiniva Cove on Vis Island. Before arriving back in Hvar, you detour through the Pakleni Islands and into hidden coves where you can dine on a seaside meal or swim in the sea. Find out more!
Top Tip: Check out this similar boat tour from Hvar to the Green and Blue Caves aboard a yacht, rather than speedboat. Learn more here!
Boat Tour of Hvar Beaches
Discover the best beaches on Hvar Island on a speedboat tour from Hvar Town. Via fast boat, guests are taken to remote beaches that are only accessible by water (or a really long swim!).
Visit the top Hvar beaches, like Zarace, Dubovica and secluded beaches on the Pakleni Islands. Spend the day sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling (gear provided) in some of the most beautiful places in Hvar. Get the details!
Hvar Island Tour
Not all tours from Hvar are boat tours…some of the best Hvar excursions are on land. Popular day trips from Hvar Town are the Hvar Lavender Fields, Croatian Wine Tasting and a Wine and Dalmatian Dinner.
Visitors can also opt for a 6-hour tour of the island’s top destinations – including coastal towns and abandoned Hvar villages.
If your vacation to Hvar is for several days (lucky you!), find even more excursions and activities and book your Hvar Day Trip in advance on Viator!
#8 Eat at the Best Hvar Restaurants
Hvar Town has an abundance of restaurants to please a variety of palates. Seafood is (obviously) a popular menu item, but there is a range of traditional Croatian fare and international eateries as well. There are luxury dining establishments, take away pizza slices…and everything in between.
The Best Restaurants in Hvar Town
When we were searching for the best places to eat in Hvar, we were looking for local restaurants serving traditional food at affordable prices. We think we succeeded in finding a few of the best restaurants in Hvar, Croatia!
Located in the heart of the Old Town, the traditional Konoba Menego is not to be missed! When considering ambiance, location, menu options, presentation and taste, we think Menego is the best restaurant in Hvar. We recommend ordering the Chef’s Secret, which on our visit was a delicious chicken dish served with sauce and stuffed bread. Read Reviews!
Gostionica Junior was recommended to us by our Airbnb host (more on where to stay in Hvar in a minute) – and we were pleased that we followed her advice. The family-run establishment serves some of the freshest seafood in Hvar. While their seafood platters are a popular menu item, we loved the Black Risotto with Cuttlefish – a Croatian specialty! Read Reviews!
For a casual dining experience and the best pizza in Hvar, we recommend Alviz. In addition to the amazing pizzas, they serve fantastic local cuisine, all at fair prices. Try the whole grilled fish, pasticada, cevapi or peka (but make an advanced reservation for peka because it takes hours to prepare)…everything at Alviz is incredible! Read reviews!
Attracting both locals and tourists, Mizarola offers traditional Island Hvar eats (like fresh fish platters) and casual fare (like the exceptional Country Burger). Although it’s one of the more affordable restaurants in Hvar Town, the ambiance on the rooftop terrace is sublime! Read Reviews!
More Hvar Restaurants
We have highlighted our favorite places to eat in Hvar Town, but there are an incredible number of fantastic eateries to choose from. We are sharing a few of the most raved-about restaurants in Hvar.
Tucked down a quiet lane, Fig Café Hvar is one of the casual establishments offering delicious fare prepared with local ingredients and in-season produce.
Dalmatino is a popular restaurant just off the main square that features Mediterranean fare and exceptional wait staff. Be sure to book ahead if you want an outdoor table.
A classy restaurant housed in a 15th century palace, Giaxa specializes in well-presented traditional fare. Try the local fish dish, Gregada, or the fish stew, called Dalmatian Brodeto.
Top Tip: Spending time in Split, Croatia, too? Read our complete guide on the best restaurants in Split!
#9: Drink at the Best Bars in Hvar, Croatia
Hvar has a reputation as a party destination – and as such, there is no shortage of bars in Hvar. Visitors can imbibe at trendy wine bars, beach bars, craft brew pubs and iconic night clubs in Hvar.
Chill Hvar Bars
At the end of a day of sightseeing, we enjoy having a cold beverage before dinner – and we have two favorite spots near the Hvar Old Town.
We discovered the low-key Falko Bar on our very first trip to the island – and it still ranks as one of the best bars in Hvar! Perfect for early evening cocktails, Falko Bar features laid back vibes, hammocks and an excellent sunset view. Read Reviews!
Vunetovo Craft Beer Bar
The Craft beer revolution is alive and well in Croatia – but the trend is definitely lacking on the islands. However, Vunetovo is leading the way on Hvar Island. As the first Hvar Island craft brewery, Vunetovo serves their own awarding-winning brew, as well as other Croatian craft beer. Note: Check opening hours, as Vunetovo does not stay open late. Read Reviews!
Hvar Town is well-known for its nightlife scene. Revelers can party until sunrise at numerous clubs in Hvar as well as one on an exclusive island.
Hula Hula Beach Bar
Open during the day, but livelier at sunset and on into the night, Hula Hula is a classic beach bar in Hvar. Although we think the prices are too high and the drinks too sweet, consider stopping by to judge for yourself. (It’s conveniently on the way to Falko Bar, so check out the scene at Hula Hula on your way back to town.) Read Reviews!
The most iconic club in Hvar, Carpe Diem attracts stylish revelers that aren’t fussed with high priced drinks. There are two locations: front and center on the Hvar Riva alongside the ferry dock and the Pakleni Island Beach Bar. Taking the boat to the island party has long ranked as one of the cool things to do in Hvar.
While we thought it was slightly over-hyped, it’s fun to sip a cocktail and take in the energy of the legendary Hvar party spot. Read Reviews!
Inner Harbor Bars
The Old Town pedestrian street that fronts the harbor is lined with Hvar clubs. Nautica Bar is a fun place to start…and then bar hop from there!
Top Tip: In recent years, the party in Hvar Town has often gone too far. Tourists being obnoxiously drunk, vomiting (and urinating) in the streets and having sex in public have led to the mayor passing new laws to prohibit lewd behavior. Signs are posted throughout Old Town Hvar warning visitors of the high fines for breaking the rules. Be respectful. Dress appropriately in town, don’t be loud, and don’t be disgusting.
#10 Visit Stari Grad, Hvar
While Hvar Town is the island’s top destination, there is more to see on Hvar Island. We already mentioned some of the top island tours (Lavender Fields and Wine Tastings). However, we think one of the best Hvar Island things to do is hop over to Stari Grad for a day.
Stari Grad is located on the north side of the island, nestled in a deep bay. The Old Town is a cluster of beautiful stone buildings and cozy cobblestone lanes.
Beyond the quaint Old Town, visitors can explore the UNESCO listed Stari Grad Plain, find a secluded beach and discover other nearby villages.
Read our complete Guide of Things To Do in Stari Grad!
Hvar Tourist Map
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More Things To Do on Hvar Island, Croatia
We have outlined some of the absolute best things to do in Hvar Town, but there are a few more tips we want to share.
A village of 125 inhabitants, Sveta Nedjelja is an off-the-beaten-path gem on Hvar Island. Quiet and quite remote, top attractions of the southern village are the unspoiled beaches, majestic red rocks, local wine and a massive cave.
Zarace Beach and Dubovica Beach
Often hailed as two of the best beaches on Hvar Island, Zarace and Dubovice Beaches are located on the south side of the island, about 7 miles east of Hvar Town.
Zarace has a long peninsula with beaches on both sides (Malo Zarace and Velo Zarace). Dubovice Beach, which is further east, requires a short hike to reach the shore – but it’s worth the effort!
The Village of Humac is an abandoned hamlet comprised of old stone houses and one lone konoba (restaurant), which features meals prepared in traditional ways. The Grapceva Cave is another nearby sight.
To the north of Hvar Island is another fabulous Dalmatian Island, Brac. The top destination on the island is the town of Bol and the famous Zlatni Rat Beach – but hiking Vidova Gora (the tallest Dalmatian Island mountain) is another reason to visit.
In the summertime, travelers can plan their own day trips to Brac Island from Hvar Town via the fast catamaran ferries.
Getting around Hvar Island, Croatia
It is fairly easy getting around Hvar Town. In the center, walking is the best way to discover the Hvar Town sights, beaches and bars.
Visitors who want to check out more of the island, however, will need to decide how to get around in Hvar – with the top options being by scooter, car, bus or tour.
Scooter or Car Rentals
Many agencies in Hvar Town rent scooters and cars to tourists. Use our tips for renting a car or reserve your scooter in advance.
Bus Stari Grad to Hvar Town
Although the buses are somewhat limited, a public bus route does connect Hvar Town to Stari Grad.
The Cazmatrans Bus Company services the island. There are several routes; in addition to the Stari Grad to Hvar Town bus, other bus routes from Hvar Town take passengers to the towns of Jelsa, Vrboska and Sucuraj. Each route has multiple departures daily.
Unfortunately, the website is not very useful. We recommend inquiring at the Hvar Tourist Information Office or bus station for current schedules and bus stop locations.
How To Get to Hvar Island, Croatia
Getting to Hvar is easy – simply hop on a ferry to Hvar! The two largest companies that run ferries to the island are Jadrolinija and Krilo. However, during the summer season, other boats are available for Hvar Island transfers, as well.
How To Get from Split to Hvar
There are ferry ports in both Hvar Town and Stari Grad (so if you want to go directly to Hvar Town – without having to take a bus or taxi once there – make sure you take the Hvar Town ferry from Split!).
Fast Ferry From Split to Hvar Town
Hvar Town only accommodates catamaran (not car ferries); both Jadrolinija and Krilo offer service via catamaran to Hvar. The boats dock at the Hvar Port, which is in the Hvar Old Town. The catamaran from Split to Hvar takes about an hour.
Car Ferry From Split to Stari Grad
The Stari Grad Port is used by Jadrolinija car ferries. The port is 2km from the Stari Grad Old Town, but buses (to Stari Grad and Hvar Town) meet the ferries. The ferry to Stari Grad Hvar takes about 2 hours from Split.
How To Get from Dubrovnik to Hvar
Fast ferry service to Hvar from Dubrovnik is seasonal. In the summer, both Jadrolinija and Krilo run catamaran ferries from Dubrovnik to Hvar Town.
Split to Hvar Day Trip: The ferry schedule times out well for visitors to make a day trip from Split to Hvar. In the height of the summer, there are numerous ferry departures from Split to Hvar Town. Check both Jadrolinija and Krilo timetables and plan a perfect day in Hvar!
Looking for other Split Day Trips? Read our complete guide to the Best Day Trips from Split!
How Many Days in Hvar?
There are so many things to do in Hvar that we could easily spend a week in Hvar Town! We think 2 days – at minimum – allows just enough time to get a taste of the town. That said, you can see a lot in a day…and it really depends on what kind of activities you like.
Pro Tip: Get (and stay) organized for your Vacation to Croatia by using our Trip Planning Printables!
What To Do in Hvar in One Day
With only one day in Hvar, we would fill our Hvar itinerary with the best things to do!
Morning: Get an early start and begin your day with a walk around the Old Town and make the trek up to the Spanjola Fortress.
Mid-Day: Follow the coastline to the east and visit the Monastery. Keep walking east around the headland to Pokonji dol Beach and take a swim.
Afternoon: On the way back to Hvar Town, stop at Hvar Boats and rent a small motorboat for a few hours. Explore the coves and beaches on the Pakleni Islands.
Evening: Have a few sunset drinks at Falko before dinner at Konoba Menego.
What To Do in Hvar in Two Days
With two days in Hvar, you can fill your time with sun and fun!
Morning: Get acquainted with the town on a morning sightseeing tour and walk up to the Spanjola Fortress.
Mid-Morning to Afternoon: Take the coastal path to the east and walk all the way to Milna, where you can eat a seaside lunch. Make it a leisurely walk, stopping to swim in coves along the way. If you are feeling up to it, continue walking to Malo Grablje (the abandoned village), then complete the circuit and hike to Napoleon Fortress in time for sunset. Otherwise, retrace your steps along the coast back to town.
Evening: Trek up to the Napoleon Fortress for sunset and then come back to the Old Town for an excellent traditional meal at Konoba Menego. After dinner, join the party at one of the clubs in Hvar or attend one of the Summer Festival events.
Morning: Pick up some lunch picnic items and a few beers from the Konzum grocery store (next to the bus station). Begin your day of sightseeing by visiting the Monastery (and maybe the cemetery, too).
Mid-Morning: Rent a boat (either kayak or motorboat) and spend the rest of the day exploring the Pakleni Islands. Navigate into the coves and toss the anchor where you can eat lunch and jump into the clear waters of the Adriatic.
Evening: Try the local craft beer at Vunetovo before going to Falko Bar to watch the sunset. Then go to Junior for a seafood dinner.
Accommodation in Hvar ranges from hotels to hostels to holiday apartments to camping.
Hotels in Hvar
On our first trip to Hvar, we stayed at the Amfora Grand Beach Resort – one of the best hotels in Hvar. The luxury hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Old Town along the waterfront. In addition to sea view rooms, the hotel boasts a multi-level pool, a beach and five on-site restaurants.
In the summer, reserve your room in advance, as the hotel will likely sell out. Find prices and reviews for Amfora and other Hvar hotels on Booking.com.
Holiday Apartments in Hvar
On subsequent trips, we have opted for Airbnb Apartments in the heart of the Old Town, rather than staying in hotels. We have found that apartments often offer more space and we like the added benefit of a kitchen, where we can at least make breakfast. There are many Airbnb apartments in the Old Town – which is the best place to stay in Hvar!
Hostels in Hvar
We have never stayed in Hvar hostels, but there are a few to choose from. The White Rabbit is a top choice that consistently gets good reviews.
Camping on Hvar Island
Visitors interested in camping in Hvar should check out Camp Mala Milna. The waterfront campground accommodates RVs and tents.
Camp Vira – on the northwestern side of the island – offers mobile home rentals, as well as camper and tent sites.
When to Visit Hvar Island
Deciding when to go to Hvar, Croatia will depend on many factors – as there are pros and cons for visiting in every season.
First, let’s chat about Hvar, Croatia weather – as many travelers base their decision on when to visit Hvar Town on weather.
Hvar, Croatia weather features warm-to-hot summers and mild winters. Visitors can expect summer temperatures to be in the mid-80s Fahrenheit – and the water temps to be in the mid-70s. The wettest months are November and December and the driest month is July.
Visit Hvar in Summer
Summertime is, by far, the most popular time to visit Hvar. It is the best time for enjoying the sea and everything – from restaurants to bars to shops to tours – is open.
The downside to visiting Hvar in summertime, however, is that it can feel very crowded with tourists and it might be difficult to find a place to stay. Additionally, prices in Hvar increase dramatically over the summer months.
Visiting Hvar in Shoulder Season
The shoulder season in Hvar is in April, May and October. During these months, prices are cheaper and there is wide availability of accommodations. The weather is slightly cooler, but it is usually still full of sunshine!
However, it is important to note that Hvar is extremely seasonal – and many of the most popular places to eat and drink will be closed outside of the summer season. Also, the options for tours and activities will be limited.
Off-Season in Hvar Town
The winter months mark the off-season in Hvar – and, unless you’re looking for absolute solitude, it is not the best time to visit. Most sights are closed, restaurants are shuttered and many properties undergo renovations.
What To Pack for Your Trip to Hvar Town
Now that you are ready to go to Hvar, we have a few final travel tips about what to pack in your backpack or suitcase. You can find all of our packing hacks and more on our dedicated Packing Tips page.
Comfortable Travel Shoes
Hvar Town is an historic site with stone lanes and lots and lots of stairs. Be sure to pack a good pair of travel shoes that are comfortable and have a good slip-resistant sole. I wear versatile sneakers and Kris likes to wear Merrell Trail Shoes.
Splashing around in the Adriatic Sea is one of the top Hvar activities – but you need to protect your feet from the rough rocks and spiky sea urchins! We recommend packing a pair of water shoes to wear when you go to Hvar beaches.
The sunshine in Hvar is intense – so you will want to properly protect your skin. Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed travel hat, too.
Hvar Town is one of the most spectacular places in Croatia! We recommend capturing the beauty of the island with a real travel camera (not your phone).
We use a DSLR Canon Rebel with an 18-135mm lens. We think it is one of the best affordable travel cameras because it takes quality photos and comes with heaps of accessories.
Croatia Travel Insurance
Trip insurance may cover everything from lost luggage to delayed flights to medical care if you get ill or hurt while abroad. Check rates and coverage at a reliable company, like World Nomads.
Where else are you Traveling in Croatia?
Check out our guides to the best Croatian destinations, like Plitvice Waterfalls, Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Rovinj!
Looking for more Croatian Island advice? Be sure to read our full Guide To Korcula and our tips for visiting Vis Island.
Start planning your trip to Croatia! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing! Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!
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