Hvar: An Island You Will Always Want to Return To

Whether you are travelling in the Adriatic or exploring new destinations, be sure to put the magical island of Hvar on your list.

Its rich history and tradition rooted in the antiquity, beautiful beaches, great nightlife and excellent gastronomic offer are just some of the reasons to visit it. Once the island life enchants you, we are sure you will want to return every year. If you are travelling to Hvar Island for the first time, read our recommendations to help you experience this destination in the best possible way and bring back unforgettable memories.

Rich history at every turn

The rich history of the island of Hvar dates back to the antiquity, and there is almost no historical period that has not left a certain trace on its architecture and art. From the monumental centuries-old dry stack stone walls, the Illyrian ruins, and the Renaissance theatre, to the contemporary art. It is difficult to single out the most popular sights, but make sure not to miss visiting its Fortica Fortress. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century, and today it houses a collection of amphorae and other exhibits from the period of antiquity and the Middle Ages. In addition to returning to the past, you will also enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Hvar and the Pakleni Islands.

Stari Grad is an unavoidable stop during you sightseeing tour of the island. Get lost in its colourful narrow streets, have a cup of coffee in local cafés and visit the summer residence of Petar Hektorović. It was built by a famous Renaissance poet, and its beautiful interior will leave you breathless. Stari Grad offers countless attractions, and if you decide to spend a few days here, take a tour of the Stari Grad Plain, a cultural landscape that is under the protection of UNESCO.

Theatre lovers should not miss visiting the Hvar Theatre from the 17th century. It is one of the first theatres in Europe, and was built on the old Arsenal – an area for repairing galleys and storing nautical tools. The exterior of the theatre has been preserved in its original form, and the interior dates from the 19th century.

Beaches for everyone’s taste

When you get tired of sightseeing, it is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Hvar Island. There are many options, whether you are a fan of sandy beaches or you prefer pebble beaches. One of the most famous ones is Dubovica Beach, located near the town of Hvar. Away from the noise and the tourist zone, you will enjoy this beautiful pebble beach and the turquoise blue sea. It can be reached by car or boat, and there is a restaurant nearby.

If you are based in the city of Hvar, make sure you discover pebble beaches around Zaraće, a favourite destination for diving enthusiasts. The north side of the island hides the fairy-tale beaches of Mala Stiniva and Vela Stiniva, famous for their vertical rocks that descend into the sea and create a unique view. Lavanda and Duboka beaches are also unavoidable, as they will enchant you with their crystal clear sea and the beautiful view of the bay of Stari Grad. It is impossible to list all the beaches you can enjoy, but some of them are Smokvina, Pokonji dol, Jagodna or Milna – a popular destination for families.

Don’t forget to include the Pakleni Islands on your itinerary. Go on a day trip and enjoy the beautiful nature there. It is a group of about twenty islands and islets of unique beauty. Surrounded by the sea, the islands are full of fairy-tale beaches and great restaurants where you can try seafood specialties. The first in a row is the island of Galešnik from which you can enjoy a unique view of the island of Hvar. The island of Klement hides one of the most beautiful bays in which the famous marina Palmižana is located. It is an ideal destination for those looking for fun as there are famous restaurants, beach bars and other popular facilities for sports and recreation nearby. Those who want a quiet summer holiday and lounging should head to the island of Jerolim, known for its pebble beaches.

Gastronomic adventures on the island

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so end your Hvar adventure with a gastronomic tour of its restaurants and wineries. The finest seafood specialties made according to a century-old recipe from freshly caught fish and local ingredients will delight even the most demanding taste buds. Black risotto, pašticada or quality whitefish? The choice is yours, we have no doubt that you will enjoy a real rhapsody of the taste and smell of Dalmatia. Round off this story with a local wine tasting, and by no means should you limit yourself to the famous Plavac. And last, but not least, don’t forget to taste lavender desserts. The strong Hvar sun gives lavender a special smell and taste that will forever remind you of the sunniest pearl of the Adriatic!

In short, the island of Hvar is always a good idea for a perfect escape from the city bustle and an unforgettable holiday at any time of the year. Welcome!

Bloggers, journalists, tourist guides, artists, entertainers and all kinds of hospitality experts and enthusiasts have gathered under the ValamArtists handle to lovingly bring you the best out of the Croatian holiday experience. Enjoy the ride!
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