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  • By Ivana

EXPLORE HVAR TOWN: CROATIA’S VIBRANT GEM

Welcome to Hvar, the radiant jewel among Croatia’s island towns. Its enduring allure dates back to ancient times, owing to its strategic nautical position. With a vibrant history and a wealth of cultural and natural treasures, the town Hvar  continues to captivate even the most discerning travelers.

In recent years, celebrities have been drawn to Hvar’s beauty, eager to explore its charms. This town has been celebrated in verse and painted by many artists. We strongly recommend including Hvar in your sailing holiday itinerary in Croatia.

HVAR TOWN – THE HEART OF HVAR ISLAND

Hvar Town, the largest settlement and port on the island, steals the spotlight. Nestled in a bay on the southern side of the island, its history is as ancient as the island itself. Once a bustling trading hub and a key Venetian naval base fortified with a formidable citadel, Hvar Town boasts a rich and colorful past.

Walking through the town feels like stepping into a fairytale, where historical remnants, captivating architecture, and natural beauty converge seamlessly. Today, it’s home to a plethora of hotels, galleries, museums, and exhibitions.

Plus, Hvar Town boasts a Mediterranean climate, ensuring warm winters and comfortably hot summers, making it the sunniest spot in the Adriatic island chain.

Hvar town on the island of Hvar

HVAR TOWN’S RICH HISTORICAL HERITAGE

Hvar Town’s evolution has unfolded over different epochs, resulting in a captivating tapestry of heritage. A leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade reveals a charming mix of palm trees and ancient walls. Evening walks here, gelato in hand, are a true delight.

As you explore, you’ll encounter the town’s cultural landmarks. St. Stephen’s Square, the largest in Dalmatia, features St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its stunning bell tower. Nearby, the Renaissance-style loggia and clock tower are now part of the 5-star Palace Elisabeth heritage hotel.

On the opposite side, the Arsenal, Croatia’s first theater and the oldest municipal theater in Europe, adds to the town’s historical tapestry. A bit further along the promenade, the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery beckons with its remarkable painting of the Last Supper.

Main square and St. Stephens Cathedral HvarTown main square and St. Stephen’s Cathedral

HVAR TOWN’S NATURAL BEAUTY

Hvar Town isn’t just a historical treasure; it’s also surrounded by unspoiled bays accessible by car, bike, or foot. Nearby islands, like the Pakleni Otoci (Hell Islands), offer some of the region’s most captivating natural beauty.

Among these islets and rocks, St. Klement Island stands out, boasting beautiful bays like Vinogradišće bay, where you can swim, sunbathe, and dine. Venture over the hill through the botanical park to Palmižana bay from where Hvar Town is easily reached by taxi boats operating late into the night.

Vinogradišće bay Hvar Pakleni islands St Klement

FUN IN HVAR TOWN

Hvar Town is the place to be for those seeking vibrant nightlife. Mornings are peaceful, but the town comes alive after lunch and in the early evening. Café bars, restaurants, and the promenade buzz with activity.

Hvar’s nightlife is legendary. After dining and enjoying gelato or a drink at a café bar, you can experience a night to remember. Cocktail bars like Carpe Diem, Hula-Hula, and Kiva are popular, as are the clubs.

MUST-SEE SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS

  • Fortica (Španjola) Fortress
  • Hvar’s Cathedral
  • Hvar’s Theatre (including the Arsenal)
  • The Franciscan Monastery
  • Hvar Benedictine Convent
  • Ruins of the Dominican Monastery and St. Mark’s Church
  • Organized Tours: Lavender Tour, Chocolate Workshop Tour, Walking Tour, Dalmatian Dinner Tour, Hidden Gems Tour…

Winding stepped path to Hvar fortressWinding stepped path to Hvar fortress

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