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The town of Hvar is
one of the main attractions of the island. It is located in the southern part of the island, right in front of the Pakleni Islands. In addition to being a beautiful destination, it also has great historical importance.
Hvar Grad was a very important center of trade and culture in the Adriatic. It was under the Venetian rule, between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, that it prospered considerably. AND
dominated by an imposing fortress and parts of the walls of that time are still preserved.
In Hvar you can visit various historical treasures and enjoy them at the same time
beautiful beaches it's a fantastic night life. Getting lost in the streets of its old town is one of the best things to do in Hvar. The Spanish Fortress
Without a doubt, the best sunset in Hvar town can be seen from the Spanish fortress. This historic building dates back to the XNUMXth century, the most splendid period in the town of Hvar. It was
built by the Venetians to protect one of the most important cities on the Adriatic.
The fortress is located about 100 meters above sea level. You can reach it on foot or by car or scooter. The ticket price is 40 kuna (just over 5 euros).
It is another of the main icons of the city of Hvar. It is located in the main square of the city. This Baroque cathedral was built approximately between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. Without a doubt, the most distinctive part is
its bell tower, visible from many parts of the city. The historical theater of Hvar
the oldest public theater in Europe, founded in 1612 and is located on the top floor of the Arsenale. As we said, the town of Hvar had enormous cultural importance and this theater is a good memory of that.
Venetian Loggia and the Clock Tower
The Venetian Loggia was one of the most important and most beautiful buildings in Hvar. It's a
Renaissance jewel in the heart of the city. It was once part of the Governor's palace, which was badly damaged by the Ottomans in the late XNUMXth century.
And next to it you can contemplate the
clock tower which was added later, around 1800, replacing the previous one destroyed by the Ottomans.
Beaches on the island of Hvar
The Croatian islands do not have extensive beaches, and there are few beaches with fine sand (except the Golden Horn of Brac). Most are rocky coves and are usually crowded.
This is the most famous beach on the island of Hvar and
perhaps the most beautiful. It is located just a few minutes drive from the town of Hvar and is known for its crystal clear waters. Alternatively it can be reached by bus, although it is not very practical due to the low frequency of the trips. Pokonji Dol
Duvobica is perhaps the most beautiful beach on the island but Pokonji Dol is no exception and is worth a visit. This beach is much more accessible from the town of Hvar. It can be reached in 20 minutes on foot from the center.
Mekicevica on Robinson Beach
If you want to enjoy a beach in peace you can reach this one
hidden bay. There is hardly anyone and the water is beautiful. To get there, however, you have to walk for about 20 minutes from Pokonji Dol beach.
It is located about 5 minutes walk from the center of Hvar town and is
the busiest beach, since it is the closest to the center and there is a huge resort opposite.
The Old City
Stari Grad, also known as Pharos, is
the oldest town on the island of Hvar. In 384 BC the Greeks from the island of Paros settled here.
The different eras that Stari Grad has experienced have left behind monuments, narrow streets and charming squares that still stand today. These, combined with beautiful fields and ocean views, have transformed this area into a world heritage site and one
Pakleni Islands (Spalmadori Islands)
You cannot leave Hvar without knowing these islands. From the Spanish fortress they can be seen perfectly, but it will be even more beautiful to visit their beaches. The most popular tourist destinations are the island of
Jerome, Stipanska, The eater, Train and, the farthest, Palmižana.
Getting there is very simple. On the promenade of Hvar (the Riva) there are several boats that will take you to the islands for around 50 kuna (around € 7 approximately). The journey takes about 10-15 minutes.
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Vrboska, the Venice of the island of Hvar
A curious visit to do in Hvar is to visit the "
little Venice". Vrboska is a small fishing village with an island in front connected to the mainland by a bridge, hence its nickname. Its ancient Mediterranean-style stone houses contrast with the luxurious mansions and yachts of its marina.
Visit the lavender fields
Currently, the lavender fields have lost a lot of land to tourist buildings. But you can still visit some of these aromatic fields. The best known are concentrated on the road from Stari Grad to Hvar,
in the villages of Velo Grablje and Brusje.
The neighboring island of Vis
Near Hvar there is another paradise island, to the point that it is
served as a setting for the film Mamma Mia. Vis served as a military base for the Yugoslav army and was a forbidden place for tourists from the 50s until 1989. With the filming of Mamma Mia, the island presented its beauty to the world. Its turquoise coves are a true paradise.
On the island of Vis do not miss two spectacular caves: the
Book a tour to the Blue Grotto and the Green Grotto
Blue cave e Green cave. Excursions to these two caves are organized directly from Hvar. How to get to the island of Hvar
The only way to reach the island of Hvar is
Rent a car to explore the island of Hvar
by sea. Regular ferry lines connect Hvar with Split, Dubrovnik, Drvenik or other islands. Some ships carry only passengers and others carry cars as well.
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Getting to Hvar from Split
The most common route to reach the island of Hvar is to do it directly from Split. There are two lines:
Spalato - Old Town: the ferries that make this route carry both passengers and cars. It takes about two hours to arrive. The price per passenger is 47 HRK (€ 6,3) and the price of the car 310 HRK (approx. 42 €).
Split - city of Hvar: catamarans arrive here and having a smaller capacity they do not transport cars but only passengers. There are more departures but they are also more expensive, 110 kuna per person (around 15 €).
Every day at 7 in the morning a
passenger catamaran (not cars) leaves for Split and stops in Korcula, Hvar and Brac. You get to the town of Hvar in about 3 hours. The price per passenger is 210 kuna (28 €).
This path is little known but can be useful
if you are in the mainland of Makarska and you want to reach Hvar. The ferry from this city leaves every two hours and costs 16 HRK per person and 108 HRK per car. In this case you arrive in Sucuraj, at the eastern end of the island.
Getting to Hvar from neighboring islands
It is also possible to get to the island of Hvar from other islands. In this case they are catamarans and carry only passengers.
Bol (island of Brac) - town of Hvar
Book a ferry to the island of Hvar
Bol (island of Brac) - Jelsa
Korcula - city of Hvar
Vela Luka (island of Korcula) - town of Hvar
Vis - town of Hvar Getting around on the island of Hvar
If you bring your car on the ferry, it will be easy to get around as you have total freedom to go anywhere. There is a main road connecting Hvar, Stari Grad and the rest of the villages.
One of the most normal ways to get around the island of Hvar is by scooter. Especially in the town of Hvar, there are post offices and agencies where you can rent a motorbike. The prices are around 250 kuna per day (around 34 €).
By public transport
If you don't decide to rent a car, you will be much more limited in traveling. However, there are buses that connect the main towns of the island of Hvar with runs every two hours approximately.
Is it worth visiting the island of Hvar for a day?
To visit several destinations in one day you will need a car. If you decide to embark yours you will lose a lot of time due to waiting for the ferries.
If you only have one day, it may be more convenient to take the catamaran and arrive in Hvar town, spending the day there, or rent a scooter on the island and visit different destinations.
The other choice is to board your car and decide to spend the night on the island to visit everything in peace.
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