Hvar island beaches are mostly rocky and pebble scattered in numerous bays, inlets and on smaller islands along the northern and southern island’s coastal line.
Most of the beaches are bounded by pine trees and low Mediterranean bushes, giving protection during high summer heat.
The finer gravel beaches are located on the southwest side of the island facing the open sea, near the village of Ivan Dolac, Zavala and Milna.
There are also some natural sandy beaches, mostly on the northern side of the island, due to the fact that the north winds and waves on the north side are stronger and higher than those in the south.
Families with small children can enjoy some shallow sandy beach in deep bays in Jelsa (Mina beach) and near Sucuraj, Mlaska and Cesminica beaches or Maslinica sandy beach in Stari Grad bay.
Hvar town beaches
The most popular beaches of the Hvar town are scattered on the Pakleni islands. Pakleni Islands are erroneously translated as Hell islands (Croatian word “Pakao” means “Hell”). They are on contrary a group of blissful islands.
The name of this tiny archipelago (about twenty islets right opposite the town of Hvar) which extends undulating along the south side of Hvar island comes from the word “paklina” (resin) – (melted pine resin for boat coating).
This archipelago is the most beautiful part of the Hvar Riviera. Pakleni islands have numerous bathing places and a countless of small, secluded beaches. Read more about these islands on Wikipedia.
Paklina islands nudist beaches
Some of the islands like Jerolim located directly opposite of Hvar town has one of the most eminent naturist beaches with showers, small shop and Jerolim restaurant.
The most crowded point is just around the boat dock so go to the left of the restaurant and follow the path to the other side of the bay, where you can find many isolated places.
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All islands are connected with taxi boats that leave from the port very often in the high season. Jerolim island, is the closest island in the chain, Sv. Jerolim, Marinkovac, Sv. Klement, Stipanska, and Palmizana.
For more Hvar island beaches near Hvar town see below!
A favorite Hvar town resort, situated 8 km east of city, with large pebble beach and beautiful submarine scenery.
Dubovica can be reached by boat or car. A bus ticket from Hvar Grad to Dubovica is 9kn. It takes about 15 minutes but is worth the effort.
A wonderful secluded cove with a pebbled beach, with a small restaurant and if you want, a place to rent a room.
Sveta Nedelja (St. Sunday) beach
A small settlement and a resort, 12 km east of the Hvar town. It’s reachable by car or hiring a boat from Hvar town. There are beautiful pebble beaches with some good restaurants with possibility to rent rooms or apartments nearby.
Milna, a small village is only 4 km from Hvar town on the southern seashore of the island. It’s nested in a well sheltered cove with 4 pebble Hvar island beaches. If you are looking a quite place far from the summer crowds, this tiny village is a perfect place for families with kids.
Milna offers a modern and comfortable private accommodation, rooms and villas. From Hvar you can reach Milna, by local boat from Hvar harbor or by own car.
Besides the beautiful beaches, Milna offers few restaurants with daily fresh fish, homemade olive oil and good local wine. On the western part of the bay, there is a 17th century the Ivanic family boarding house, built in a Baroque-Renaissance style.
The most famous member of this family was Matija Ivanic the leader of the people’s rebellion in 1510 against the Venetian Republic.
Not far from Milna village, there is Zarace village, 6 km from Hvar. On the rocky cliffs stands this small scenic settlement with two deep coves with pebble beaches, Velo Zarace(Big) on the east and Malo Zarace (Small) on the west side.
The beaches under imposing rocky cliffs are true beauties. The village has several restaurants and comfortable private accommodation. The picturesque seashore is the perfect place for underwater fans. The place can be reached by car or by boat.
How to reach these beaches?
Hvar town beaches
Amfora beach – biggest town beach, in front of hotel Amfora, 5 minutes walk from the town.
Sirena beach – in front of hotel Sirena, 2 km from the town.
On the right side of the bay (looking from the town center) you will find a lot of small caves free nudist beaches. Their names are Tiha Cave and Zavala Cave. The only way to reach this caves is by boat.
The only sandy beach in Stari Grad bay is a small Maslinica beach on the left side of Stari Grad bay.
Some secluded Hvar island beaches
There are many beautiful cove beaches that are more attractive if you are sailing into rather than by car or on foot. The best way is from the sea by boat.
I have personally visited some coves in vicinity of Brusje, a small village located in the interior of the western part of the island, only 6 km from the town of Hvar. These coves are more captivating for boaters and yachts owners.
Vrboska and Jelsa Hvar island beaches
Vrboska and Jelsa towns are both centrally located in the middle of Hvar island. It’s only 3 km that separate these two towns. Visit Jelsa page for more beaches info!
One of the most popular beaches on Hvar is at Soline, a short walk through the pine trees from Vrboska. It’s one of the best family beaches on Hvar.
Not far from it you can also find a naturist beach, or if you prefer you can take a walk towards Jelsa and find many small coves.