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Hvar, Croatia

Hvar Island

An island destination with an abundance of historic architecture and wonderful weather

Hvar Island is located off the south coast of mainland Croatia and is reached by taking the ferry from Split to Stari Grad. Hvar benefits from a mild climate with cool winters and hot summers, making it a perfect destination for family holidays. The island is rich in culture with an historic background dating back to pre-historic times. Boasting the accolade of being Croatia’s sunniest island, it’s a popular choice with travellers and is one of Croatia’s top islands for holidaymakers.

If you’re looking for relaxation, the beaches are ideal. Many of them are set in secluded picturesque rocky bays surrounded by pine forests. Quite a few are pebble beaches, but there are also some beautiful sandy beaches. Inland, there are vast fields of lavender, vineyards and ancient olive groves.

Accommodation is of a high standard and the island boasts a great range of eateries as well with everything available from takeaway food to tantalising gourmet cuisine.

Hvar town showcases buildings with Venetian-style architecture. Visit the 15th Century Franciscan monastery where you’ll see the famous Last Supper painting before strolling the pretty streets and browsing in the charming souvenir shops and boutiques. This town is also the place where you’ll find the island’s hottest nightlife scene.

Other areas of interest on the island include Stari Grad which is Hvar’s oldest settlement and has a slower pace compared to Hvar town. You could take a day trip to Jelsa or Milna which are both small fishing villages and suitable for a relaxing day out strolling around before relaxing for a few hours on the beach.

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Key Highlights
  • The ferry from Split to Stari Grad takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Enjoy lunch by the shore and watch the luxury yachts pass by
  • See the Last Supper painting at the Franciscan monastery
  • Visit the main square in Hvar and the 16th Century St Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Take in the panoramic views from the top of Tvrdava Fortica
  • Dubovica is considered to be one of the islands best beaches
  • Take a boat trip to one of the nearby uninhabited Pakleni islands
  • The bus service schedules can make navigating the island difficult so we highly recommend hiring a car
  • Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel is a great choice for a romantic couples break

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +1 hour

Currency: Kuna

Climate Information

July is the hottest month on Hvar Island with an average temperature of 25°C.

From May to October the weather is very pleasant although rain can be expected at any time. Winter temperatures (December to February) average 12°C.

November is the wettest month with an average of 110mm of rain.

Leisure & Activities

Hvar Cathedral
Situated on the main square in the town of Hvar, Hvar Cathedral is well worth a visit. It was originally constructed on the site of a 6th century church and was fully opened in the 18th century. The Renaissance bell tower is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Dalmatia.

Spanjola Fort
Another interesting structure in the town of Hvar. Its construction dates back to the 16th century and today it houses a fine collection of antiquities from the middle ages. There are also spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area from the top of the fort.

Beaches
There’s a superb choice of beautiful beaches on the island. Many are pebble beaches, but there are also some stunning sandy beaches. Located on the south of the island, one of the most iconic is Dubovica, described as the “perfect beach” by the locals. Other top beaches are Kordovon, Lusisca and Grebisce.

Hotels in Hvar Island