Hvar town is the top destination on the Hvar island for many reasons. It’s considered the most fashionable and chic place after Dubrovnik. It’s a place to see and to be seen.

During the high season, well protected harbor is a popular meeting place of rich yacht owners. Some celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, Jodie Foster, Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich or Chinese billionaire Jimmy Lee have visited this magic town.

Pakleni Islands on Hvar
Pakleni Islands

Hvar has something for everyone. The young people are attracted by exciting nightlife or daily beach parties, the most visitors enjoy visiting 16 blissful  islands (pine resin islands) a tiny Hvar’s archipelago with numerous coves and beaches. Hvar boat rental is the best way to visit them all!

Naturists will find their paradise on some of the most beautiful nudist beaches. Hvar rich gastronomic variety will be a great discover for many visitors as well as its architecture and fascinating history.

How to reach Hvar Croatia town?

If you are traveling to the island of Hvar you’ll probably take a boat trip. If you’ve got a car than only car ferry connection is from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar island).

If you are a foot passenger than fast catamaran (fifty minutes crossing) is the fastest way to get to town.

You can find all information about schedules and timetable on getting to Hvar island page. The good news is that from this season (2014) it will be introduced a seaplane from Split’s airport and Split’s downtown.

Hvar harbor (luka)

You can reach Hvar town from Dubrovnik or Rijeka by coastal ferry line, run traditionally by Jadrolinija but always through the port of Stari Grad.

If you are driving from Dubrovnik and you wish to visit Hvar island then the only way is taking the ferry boat from Drvenik (Makarska Riviera) to small village Sucuraj on the eastern side of the island. From there you have a 60 km drive to Hvar town.

Ferries from Italy to Hvar island:

Two Italian harbors, Ancona and Pescara have ferry connections to Hvar island (Stari Grad) and Split town. You can book your ferry online from:

Things to See in Hvar

Although it isn’t a large town, Hvar Croatia has a lot to show to its visitors. Its rich cultural heritage is perfectly preserved in its museums, cathedral, monasteries, theater, fortress, streets and on Pjaca (square).

Hvar town and harborEverything you have to see is just there strolling the Riva promenade that runs along the harbor, where you will find the most important sights:

  • Saint Stephen /Sveti Stefan/ square and St.Stephan’s Cathedral
  • The Renaissance Municipal Theater from 1612
  • Spanish Fortress above Hvar Town
  • 15the century Franciscan monastery
  • Benedictine Convent
  • Hvar town loggia and a clock tower
  • The Hektorovic Palace (Gothic style – never completed)

Read more about important attraction on the island of Hvar from Hvar town to Sucuraj!

Eat, Drink, Party

If you are looking where to enjoy the most delicious fish menu or the best places to dance the whole night with plenty of fine cocktails, in Hvar Croatia you will find everything.

Full Moon parties at Carpe Diem Beach Club:

Hula hula beach club, a place for best after-beach parties:

If you’re interested in nightlife and partying, be sure to visit total-hvar website to see all nightclubs in Hvar!

Two best Hvar restaurants in Croatia’s top 40

Find out all recommended restaurants in Hvar Croatia town!

Where to sleep?

Since ORCO group has invested in Hvar Croatia hotels in 2005 some new hotels have gained  the luxury quality but also much higher prices.

4 & 5 Star Hotels

Hotels Riva and Adriana are among the most exclusive on the Adriatic coast, while Hotel Amfora is the best family hotel resort.

  • Adriana, leading Hvar luxury spa oasis hotel
  • Amfora, Hvar premier Grand beach resort
  • Riva, Hvar trendiest sea-side yacht harbor hotel

2 & 3 Star Hotels

Beside expensive hotels, Hvar private apartments and hostels are something for every budget. Book one of 53 Hvar town hostels, no booking fees and lowest price guarantee!

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