The Traveler's Guide
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Hvar This Summer
Planning a trip to Croatia can be overwhelming as there is so much to do and see. Whether you’re seeking that perfect sunbathing spot or looking to immerse yourself in culture and history (or a bit of both), there’s a special place you shouldn’t miss. Here are ten reasons why the island of Hvar should be at the top of your travel list this summer:
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1. It is one of the sunniest spots in Europe
With 2,760 hours of sunshine per year, Hvar boasts some of the sunniest weather in Europe. If you’re looking to get the most of the sun rays while in Croatia, a visit to the Dalmatian island is a must.
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2. It’s simply gorgeous
Hvar is said to be one of the most stunning islands in Croatia. Picturesque towns and villages, hillsides covered in pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields, pristine beaches—the scenery alone is reason enough to make a beeline for it!
3. It has some of the clearest blue water you’ll ever see
Speaking of pristine beaches, you will not believe just how translucent the waters are off the coast of Hvar. In fact, they’re so clear that you can see right to the bottom! If you’re dreaming of a magical place to swim and snorkel, this is it.
4. It has a rich historical heritage
Due to its strategic location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes, Hvar has been an important trading hub for centuries. The Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians all left their mark on the island. Soak up all the history in the ancient city of Stari Grad—the oldest in all of Croatia.
5. It packs a lot of gems to explore
From Hvar Town’s many treasures (don’t miss the Franciscan Monastery with its captivating “Last Supper”) to the charming fishing villages of Milna, Vrboska, and Zavala, the island has lots to offer when it comes to sightseeing. Up for an adventure? Explore the southern coast’s hidden bays, sail the Pakleni Islands, and pedal through Hvar’s green landscapes.
6. It smells heavenly
Hvar will delight your senses, including your sense of smell. Immerse yourself in the relaxing scents of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, wild oregano, and numerous other herbs as you hike through its lush hills.
7. It’s a foodie haven
If you love fish and seafood, you’re in for a treat! Sample traditional Dalmatian cuisine—seasoned with plenty of olive oil, garlic, spices, and herbs—and indulge your inner gourmet with a variety of black truffle dishes. Of course, no meal on the island would be complete without a glass of delicious local vino.
8. The locals are very friendly
This is true to Croatia in general: The locals tend to be very sociable, and Hvar is no exception. People will usually be happy to help you, and if they can’t, they will help find somebody who can.
9. It has a lively party scene
Over the years, Hvar has earned a reputation as a party hotspot thanks to its bustling club scene, beach parties, and colorful bars. After a backlash from the locals against public drunkenness, revelers could get fined for their rowdy behavior. Be sure to party respectfully.
10. It’s easy to get to
From Split, hop aboard one of the daily catamarans to the island—the journey to Hvar Town takes just over an hour—or get the ferry to Stari Grad, which will take you 1.5 hours. The journey time from Dubrovnik is between 3 hours and 3.5 hours.
Discover all of THE STELLA’s Croatian vacation rentals in Hvar and book your island getaway today! For more information regarding your trip to Hvar, be sure to check out Visit Hvar, the local tourist board’s official website! Next, read up about these 10 other Croatian islands you’ll definitely not want to miss, and discover our Top 10 Reasons to Visit Brac This Summer!