Hvar Town – Welcome Guide

How to reach ? When to visit? Where to stay? What to do?

Book that flight and experience the real Mediterranean! Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, is the main town in Dalmatia with an ancient centre formed around the Palace of Diocletian, the Roman emperor. It is well connected with many European cities, and national carrier is Croatia Airlines. You can check airlines to Split here. Split is also Dalmatia’s main ferry port and transport hub, the getaway for Hvar, Vis, Brac and Korcula, a popular Croatia’s islands. Today, we will talk about the most famous island in Croatia, Hvar.

A scenic evening view of the Hvar seaside promenade with people enjoying the ambiance, and the illuminated fortress on the hill in the background.
As dusk falls, visitors and locals alike bask in the gentle glow of Hvar’s seaside promenade, with the iconic fortress standing majestically in the backdrop.

You can reach Hvar town by ferry from Split city or start an adventure by taking an organized speed boat transfer from port Resnik. We will be happy to help you with it, since cooperating with local leaders in region. In case you decide to take a public transfer, you will need to take a taxi to the Split port and take one of many daily catamaran lines Split- Hvar town. We suggest you to buy ticket in advance due to the busy season.

Weather is great even in mid-May and the swimming season has just started. The temperatures are mild and it is a perfect time to explore the island or organize a wedding. The season will last even until October, but if you like the party and be in the spotlight, choose high season- July and August. During the peak season, expect higher prices, crowdier restaurants, bars and the beaches. The best months to getting married are late May, June and September.

There are lots or Airbnb’s and Mediterranean villas, but also a hotel chain Suncani Hvar, with 7 hotels, all walking distanced from the port. Our favourite is Spa hotel Adriana, with a fantastic Val Marina restaurant and the best breakfast in town. Not to be missed is newly renovated Riva, perfectly located on the main promenade, that allows you easy exploring the islands during the day and busy night life of Hvar.  From the first step you make on the busy promenade with palm tree alley and a stunning view on the fortress above the town that is witnessing the history proudly, you will feel island relaxed vibe. You cannot miss Palace Elisabeth heritage hotel, a perfect newlywed’s hotel.

An elegant lobby area featuring a crystal chandelier, a round table adorned with flowers and decor, plush seating, and a large portrait on the wall.
Experience the blend of luxury and comfort in this beautifully decorated lobby area, illuminated by a grand chandelier.

But maybe the most popular is Amfora resort with a cascading pool and stunning views on Paklinski islands and a bay where The Beach club Hvar is nestled – one of the most popular wedding venue in Croatia.

Hvar town is a Mediterranean dream, full of rustic back lanes, stunning beaches, and ancient history. Once, a deep bay cut into the town centre and the sea reached to the point where the cathedral and St. Stephan square stands today. This Square is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, spanning an area of 4500 m² jammed with busy locals, party people that just woke up and reaching the beach, and people having marenda- an early lunch. This place is full of restaurants and with amazing views on Venetian architecture houses and terraces around. In the evening all restaurants are crowded with tourists that can enjoy the theatre in open at the Pjaca.

It’s a beach time! Choose one of the Paklinski islands with many coves and beaches surrounded by the clearest turquoise blue waters. It is possible to take a taxi boat from the town centre in front of Mlinar bakery or organize a speed boat tour for you and your party. Some islands like Jerolim are welcoming nudists for years and Zdrilca have a relax zone with massage in olive grove. In case you prefer to sip cocktails at the beach for the whole day, we recommend to visit Carpe diem beach.

A hand holding a glass of drink with a scenic view of the sea, boats, and a pool area in the background.
Enjoying a refreshing drink while overlooking the serene sea, anchored boats, and a luxurious pool area nestled amidst nature.

Hvar is the nightlife capital of southern Dalmatia and has some cool bars and clubs to wander around in the peak season. You can start your bar hopping on the main promenade by visiting Aloha, Kiva, Nautica and Seven. For a street food lover here is Lola bar with a great atmosphere, DJ performance and fantastic cocktails. The most popular bar is Carpe diem which organizes transfers to the Carpe diem beach – the party island. Here they host famous DJ’s and have a great entertainment every night.

For romantic couples we recommend a dinner at one of the numerous great restaurant with local cuisine and wine like Passarola, Black pepper, Don Quijote or tapas bar Gourme with an extensive list of Croatian wines and traditional tapas dishes. Beautiful terrace that shouldn’t be skipped is Central Park terrace. Imagine spending the hot summer night with your loved one and enjoying the live music like sweet soul music or jazz while sipping a cocktail.

Oh yes, Hvar town is the dream. If we’ve convinced you to start planning your trip, stay tuned for a guide to the best things to see and do on the island.

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