Plan your Trip to Hvar
Sunny Hvar Island is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, offering just about everything anyone could want in an unforgettable trip. That includes spectacular scenery with postcard-perfect beaches framed by dazzlingly clear blue waters, vineyard- and olive grove-covered hills, and lavender fields.
Hvar Town is famous for its world-class dining and nightlife that draws international jet setters and celebrities, but it also offers an enticing historic center. The town square is home to many centuries-old buildings like the Cathedral of St. Stephen, Europe’s oldest still active community theatre which opened its doors in 1612, and Spanjola Fortress where one can enjoy a panoramic view over the town, yacht-filled harbor, and nearby islands from the top.There is lots of history to soak up in ancient Stari Grad on the northern side of the island too. It’s the oldest town in all of Croatia, dating back to 384 BC.
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Trip to Hvar FAQs
When to visit Hvar
One of Europe’s sunniest islands, Hvar enjoys 2,724 hours of sunshine a year, but it’s most popular in the summertime with the peak season of July, August, and early September. It’s the best time to enjoy swimming on the idyllic beaches, joining lively parties, and taking advantage of the buzzing nightlife in the clubs and bars. For warm but not too hot weather without the thick crowds, consider the shoulder seasons of May and June or mid-September through early October.
What is the best time to see the lavender fields?
Hvar Town is a must to explore with its many historical highlights like the early 17th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built in baroque style, and the Arsenal Theatre that opened in 1612. Towering above is the Spanish fortress, Spanjola, built in the early 16th century. A top attraction in Hvar, from here you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the town and the nearby archipelago. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain, first colonized by the Greeks in the 4th century BC and still nearly intact today. Dubovica Beach along the island’s southern shores is often referred to as Hvar’s most beautiful stretch, set in a secluded cove.
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What are the essential sights to see in Hvar?
Hvar is famous for its lavender fields that create a sea of purple that blankets the already picturesque landscapes and fills the air with a sweet aroma. To witness it, you’ll have to come in June or July as they’re only in blossom during early summer. The main lavender harvest coincides with the lavender festival in late July, a time that you can learn all about the harvesting, the production of oil, and other items, as well as buy many lavender-based products from soaps and perfumes to scented pillows and oils.
How many days do you need in Hvar?
While it can be done in less, you really need a minimum of three days in Hvar. You’ll want time to explore the island’s fascinating history and its centuries-old landmarks from Hvar Town to Stari Grad, a day to go sailing with a boat tour to the Pakleni Islands is a must. Another day allows you to explore the vineyards and wineries as well as spend time on one of the beautiful beaches. You can even visit the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach on Brac Island from Jelsa.