SOPHISTICATED MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

Quieter in May, June and September

Hvar Croatia

Hvar is a regular in glossy magazines where celebrities are pictured on yachts sipping cocktails. Hvar Town is the cool, uber chic haunt of the bronzed jet set and resembles either St Tropez, Mykonos, Marbella and so on.

Known for its summer party atmosphere and during the peak season of July and August there’s the buzz that goes with cool vibes, cocktail bars and so on. If that’s your scene, you’ll love it. May, June, September and October are much quieter all our hotel are in or near Hvar town.

The other side of Hvar

There is another side to Hvar which everyone can enjoy. This island is incredibly beautiful, the longest in the Adriatic with a steep central ridge of grey rock and limestone terraces with traces of old Illyrian settlements. Famous for its lavender which covers much of the interior in spring – and is sold on almost every stall and shop on the island – inland Hvar is quite rugged in a stark, alluring way. 

We feature Hvar Town itself and Stari Grad. Hvar Town is where you’ll find a sophisticated Mediterranean experience with some wonderful bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. Stari Grad has a more cultured feel.

Hvar Town could be a film set, all white stone plazas, tiny cobbled streets and medieval stone houses twisting up hills and down the other side past tangerine trees and old chapels, with churches, cloisters and colonnades at almost every turn. It is truly stunning. 

The centre of it is a large main square that meets the sea at what Croatians call the ‘mandrac’ (like a little inner harbour). On the square you’ll find the impressive Cathedral of St Stephen, the 17th century arsenal and the old town theatre dating back to 1612. This is the oldest, continually functioning public theatre in Europe. These are must-see sights.

A path zigzags up the hill above the city to the Citadel, built by the Venetians in the 1550s and worth the climb for the breathtaking views to the famed offshore island group known as Pakleni Otoci. Water taxis take you from the centre of town to the three largest islands, one of which Marinkovac, has a sandy beach at Zdrilca.

Most of the access into the sea from Hvar Town is via rocky shores or bathing platforms and steps. These are efficient enough but, if you want a special experience, nip out to the islands using the water taxis at least once during your stay. 

Stari Grad was founded in 384 BC by the Ancient Greeks. There is a lovely waterfront with a good selection of restaurants, bars and wine tasting cellars and the wide Maslinica Bay nearby has a part sandy beach.

The town's most famous buildingTvrdalj, is a 16th century palace with Renaissance garden and pool unchanged since it was the home of Petar Hektorovic, a famous Croatian writer and aristocrat. Well worth a visit.

Summer Festivalusually from around 24 June until the end of August and sometimes another samller one mid September, both feature musical events, exhibitions and food-wine tasting.

In Short

♦ Hvar Town is party town in high season.

♦ Calmer in June and September.

♦ Take a trip to the island for a fab swimming experience.

♦ Beautiful lavender fields in Spring.

♦ Pretty enough to be a film set.

♦ Walk up to the Citadel - worth it for the views.