The fabulous Hvar needs little introduction for anyone aware of the beautiful Croatian coastline. The sunniest island in Europe attracts thousands of boaters, partygoers, and nature lovers every year. It is an absolute must on anyone’s Croatia itinerary. If you’re only spending 24 hours in Hvar, make sure to follow this itinerary to get the best out of your Hvar experience.
Best time to visit Hvar
The best time to visit Hvar is from June to August. The tourist season is at its peak, and all the clubs, bars, and attractions are open. Those looking to explore Hvar in a quieter time while still getting the most out of the nightlife should visit Hvar in either May or September. Things start to shut down by the end of October, so only visit Hvar in the winter if you’re looking to spend time in nature and enjoy the quiet island atmosphere. However, most of the restaurants and clubs are closed in the offseason.
A few facts about Hvar
– Hvar was put on the market in 1932. There is no information available as to who sold it or who bought it. The only thing certain is that it is no longer for sale.
– Ivan Vucetic, a Hvar native, invented dactylography – a study of fingerprints as an identification method.
– Should you happen to give birth on a Jadrolinija ferry from Split to Hvar (or vice versa), your child will have a free ferry ride for the rest of its life.
Top Things to do in Hvar
Start Your Day at Pokonji Dol Beach
When you arrive in Hvar, the first thing you’ll want to do is check-in and go to the beach. The closest accommodation to the best beach is Villa Marija Youth Hostel. If you want to start your day with a fantastic coffee try Kava 37 located in the old town.
Once you finish your coffee head down to the Pokonji Dol beach; it’s just a five-minute walk away. You can have breakfast in one of the restaurants or bask in the sun and the Adriatic Sea beauty.
Visit the Pakleni Islands
Once you have cooled down at the beach, walk along the waterfront to the small gas station (near the stadium), where you’ll find the small local boats available for rent. The prices are amazing, and you get to try your hand at operating the boat.
Head over to the Pakleni Islands; you can’t miss them; they are just across Hvar town. Explore all the little coves or have lunch in one of the beach bars. If you’re on a budget, bring your own food and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Walk Along the Hvar Square
After a few hours on the boat, head back to Hvar town and explore the square. Hvar town is small so that you can visit most of the attractions within a few hours. Head over to the Cathedral of St. Stephen on the eastern side of the city square and pop into the Hvar Theater – the first civic theatre in Europe! Hvar’s theatre is open for public use with an added Gallery of Contemporary Art that is open to visitors during the peak tourist season. If you’re feeling hungry, head over to restaurant Mizarola for some fantastic local food at reasonable prices.
Enjoy the Views From the Fortress
Once the temperature drops a little, head over to Hvar Fortress. Walk from the main square to the north and pass the gates next to the pharmacy, where you’ll find the stairs that’ll take you up to the fortress.
The 15th-century fortress built during the Venetian times towers over the whole town with a fantastic panoramic view of Hvar and Pakleni Islands. Visit the museum located inside the fortress, get some souvenirs, and take some spectacular photos.
Watch the Sunset From Hula Hula Bar
Once you return to the square, you’ll be ready for a drink. The best place to head over to watch the sunset is the Hula Hula bar. The sunset view is spectacular, and the crowd is lively, perfect for a good day buzz. D
uring the peak season, Hula Hula is the most popular spot to visit; however, if you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere and equally spectacular view, keep walking to Falko Beach Bar.
Try The Cocktails at Kiva Bar
After a full day in the sun, head over to your accommodation to change and rest up a little. You’ll probably need a nap before heading out again. There are many bars in Hvar town and plenty of things to do in Hvar at night. Walk around and bar hop or join a pub crawl. One of the most popular places for locals and tourists is the Kiva Bar. Try their 1L cocktail deals and warm-up for all night of partying.
Party All Night at Carpe Diem Hvar Beach Bar
By far, the most famous place in Hvar is the Carpe Diem Beach Bar. The club opens around 1 or 2 AM, and the party goes on to the morning hours. You need to go there by boat but don’t worry; the ride is included in the admission price. You’ll find the Carpe Diem boat in Hvar Town downtown, and one goes every 10-15 minutes. Once you reach the club, it’s like Hogwarts. With the light show and music all night long, it’s a perfect way to finish your 24 hours in Hvar, Croatia.
Where to Stay in Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is an island of accommodation. Literally, everything is made of hostels, apartments for rent and hostels. While that’s fantastic, it’s a little hard to choose the best. Here are a few we tried and loved:
Heritage Hotel Park Hvar
Ulica Sveti Marak 2, 21450 Hvar
The central Heritage Hotel Park is perfectly located for your one day in Hvar. Perfect location at the spot where the marina meets the plaza. The hotel features a garden and a bar. The rooms are spacious and clean, so if you’re a fan of comfort and convenience, Heritage Hotel Park is the best place to stay in Hvar.
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovića 5, 21450 Hvar
The facilities in Amfora Hvar are the selling point of this beach resort. The multi-level pool with a bar, the fantastic sea view, and the luxurious rooms make Amfora the best place to stay in Hvar for those looking for style and luxury. The hotel is a five-minute walk from all the action, but the soundproof rooms allow for a good night’s sleep too.
Youth Hostel Villa Marija
Lucije Rudan 7, 21450 Hvar
Villa Marija Hvar is the best hostel in the town, especially if you’re looking to meet travellers from all over the world and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere. The terrace overlooking the island gathers people ready to party and mingle, the prices are reasonable, and they give you ice cream on arrival. The staff is fantastic, the place is clean, and the hostel is always praised by locals and tourists visiting!
Best Day Trips From Hvar, Croatia
Blue & Green Cave
There are several tours to choose from on the island, and they all pretty much include the same four stops. Green cave, Stiniva Beach, Blue Cave and Pakleni Islands. You can’t miss this tour as it takes to you some of the most impressive places in the world! If you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins, but even if you don’t, you’ll swim in the gorgeous dark blue and emerald green caves.
Secret Island Tour
The secret island tour takes you around the entire island with visits to the local wineries. If you’re a wine lover, definitely take the tour! You’ll also visit the off-track beaches and the other island towns such as Stari Grad and Jelsa. This is a very romantic thing to do in Hvar, perfect for a couple looking to enjoy the best the island has to offer.
Hvar has a catamaran heading to Korcula every day, so if you have time, head over to Korcula island, a beautiful historic island that’ll take your breath away. The beautiful dense forests and medieval churches, houses and palaces are great for all lovers of history. You can take a boat to Dubrovnik from Korcula, so if Dubrovnik is on your itinerary, Korcula is a perfect stop in between Hvar and Dubrovnik.
Extra tips for visiting Hvar:
Rent a boat – enjoy the gorgeous Adriatic sea away from the crowds on a boat. There are plenty of options, and all the local skippers will make sure you have the time of your life.
Rent a scooter – drive around the island and explore the hidden beaches on a scooter; you can spend a whole day driving around in the sun.
Wear sunscreen – Hvar sun is strong, a sunscreen will save you.