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Hvar Island

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Best Time: May - September Read More

Ideal duration: 3-5 days

"Soak-in Sun & fun at Croatia's Party Island"

Hvar Island Tourism

Laid-back Mediterranean vibe, fascinating turquoise coves, thriving nightlife, pristine beaches, aromatic fields of lavender and olives, and arresting views of authentic Croatian towns and villages- that's how the popular posh party island of Hvar presents itself to its visitors. This sunkissed island in Croatia is a paradise for party lovers, and witnesses a throbbing crowd of tourists from all over the world, especially during Summers.

The queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands', Hvar has a special place among all the other Croatian tourism highlights. What makes it stand different from the rest is the unique experiences this majestic island has to offer. Hvar is popular due to its mild climate throughout the year, and a little more for its exuberant parties. The island boasts of rich Mediterranean flora and fauna, exceptionally great beaches and bays, and interesting cultural and historic heritage. The island has most of its life trapped in the Hvar town, Stari Grad and Jelsa. Apart from that, you can also visit some old traditional villages to understand the local life, visit one of many vineyards on the island, and taste some of the greatest wines made in Croatia.

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The historic face of Hvar Town

The usual idea one gets about the town is that it is a party junction loaded with clubs, bars, restaurants, and fancy hotels. But that's not the end to it. The town has successfully preserved the historic beauty dating centuries back. The city centre is fully of old facades, and you will find a lot of monuments and buildings which take you to a timeless journey. The top most places for sightseeing in Hvar town include the Hvar Fortica, Franciscan Monastery, St. Stephen's Square, Benedictine Convent, Historic Theatre and Episcopal Museum.

Lose yourself in the beauty of Lavender fields

As much Hvar is known for sunshine in abundance, it also holds importance for its aromatic lavender fields. Lavender has been an inseparable part of Hvar, and it just doubles the beauty of the island. Visualize far-stretched farms with a blanket of pale purple blooms of lavender, spreading a sweet scent all around, vast blue sky over your head and white stones to finely finish the composition. Lavender fields are at full bloom in June and July, and what makes this season more special is the Lavender festival celebrated in Velo Grablje in late June.

Language of Hvar Island

Being a tourist junction, Hvar Island's residents have a decent knowledge of English, thus communication doesn't seem to be a barrier here.

Nightlife in Hvar Island

Nightlife mostly revolves around the exuberant Hvar town, a town which seems to never sleep. Most night clubs remain open all night long, and you can also hit one of the beach parties even during the day time. You will also find a number of bars in Jelsa. Rest of the island remains quiet at night. Some of the best and most popular places to check out for a lively night scene are Carpe Diem, Veneranda, Hula Hula, and Kiva Bar.

Shopping in Hvar Island

Shopping in Hvar Island in terms of fashion is limited to a few shops, most of them located in the town. Local souvenirs to look out for in Hvar are fruit and herb liquors, olive oil, lavender products, dried figs, honey, and lemon and fig marmalade. You can find products at a cheaper rate at Green Market in Hvar Town. Visit any vineyard on the island to taste or buy one of the best wines of Croatia in Hvar.

Restaurants and Local Food in Hvar Island

Hvar being surrounded by the ocean, is a paradise for seafood lovers. Some dishes worth trying here are gregada fish stew, seafood pastas, gnocchi, fresh grilled calamari, and octopus dishes. A few restaurants that you must definitely visit on the trip are Mocondo, Konoba Menego, Fig Cafe Bar, Dalmatino, The golden shell, and Antika. Wine turns out to be a must-have on your list, particularly made in local vineyards. Being a hot tourist spot, food in Hvar is expensive as compared to other towns in Croatia, but certainly worth the money.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Exhilarating nightlife, pleasant weather throughout the year, lavender fields, rich gastronomy

What's Not So Great?

Extremely crowdy during peak months, expensive, limited local interaction during high season

How To Reach Hvar Island

There are two ways to get to the island: take a flight, or choose from many boat options from nearby coastal towns.

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