Hvar island, located very close to Croatia’s second largest city of Split, is considered to be another jewel of the Adriatic Sea. Famous since ancient times, because of its significant nautical, and strategic position, the island is rich in culture, natural monuments and historical sights. Most of Hvar attractions are located in Hvar town, making it a great day trip either from Split or Korcula island.

How to get to Hvar island

The ferry from Korcula to Hvar in October ran only at 6 am and the ticket price was 70 Kuna

Unfortunately, the only way to get to Hvar is via a ferry from other islands or central cities of Croatia. If you’re coming from European cities, you can flight to Split or Brac and take a boat from there. Frequent passenger ferries also run from Korcula and Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

 

If you are touring the country with a car, you can book a ticket with a car ferry. Jadrolinija is the biggest ferry company of Croatia.

Things to do in Hvar town

Similar to Korcula town, Hvar is also quite small. Therefore, it makes a perfect day trip opportunity if you are short on time. We didn’t want to spend a night here, so we took an early morning ferry from Korcula and spent a great day lounging at the beach, walking around the historic sights and having a nice hike up the fort.

1Wander through the St. Stephen’s Square

This is the main square of the town, with a massive cathedral and whitewashed buildings lined on both sides of the area. As we arrived early in the morning, we set at one of the restaurants to have breakfast and see how the town woke up.

2Walk in the Summerhouse of the Poet Hanibal Lucic

Located a bit outside of the old town, the summerhouse is a great example of a suburban home with a central courtyard and two houses. It served as a residence and a place of business of famous Croatian poet Poet Hanibal Lucic.

3Admire the beautiful building of Loggia

Overlooking the bay of Adriatic Sea, the building together with the clock tower is the only remains of the former Governor’s Palace. What you see today is a relatively new building of late Renaissance style built in the 16th century. The current interior is designed in neo-Renaissance and serves as an exhibition hall and a reception area for Hotel Palace.

4Visit the Franciscan Monastery and Museum

Built in the 15th century with Renaissance style details, the monastery is majestic with its stone walls, a small garden, and a church. There’s a museum inside the monastery where you can see ancient coins, artwork, and liturgical items.

5Hike up the fortress

 

The Fortica used to be the initial fortress of the town. Standing on a hill overlooking the sea and the town, the area offers beautiful panoramic views.

This well-preserved fort is acclaimed for its elegant layout. Here, you can wander through bastions, dungeon, gunpowder rooms, a chapel and a tower.

6Enjoy a nice day at the beach

Once you are finished with an exploration of the city, sit down at the beach near the Franciscan Monastery. And if the weather is warm enough you can even take a swim.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Loved reading this! We travelled around Croatia last spring and spent a few days in Hvar. Although it certainly wasn’t our favourite island, we really enjoyed our time here. Would love to go back and explore more places!

  2. I find it actually quite charming that you can only get to it via ferry! It’s for sure on my list. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I’m so sad I didn’t make it to Hvar when I was in Croatia. Those beaches look like a dream, and I love the views too!

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