Hvar Travel Guide

Hvar has been a popular destination for sailors for over 2000 years. 13th century walls surround the beautiful and ornamental Gothic palaces and marble streets. There are several top-class restaurants, bars, hotels and beaches all within easy reach. With a sunny climate, natural beauty, excellent food, wine and sports offerings, a visit to Hvar is one to remember. 

Our Croatian locations can be visited independently on a Croatian self-drive holiday, a coastal cruise or an organised land tour. Escorted tours will often include transportation, an expert local guide and entrance to attractions such as National Parks, cathedrals and monuments.

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 2hr 30min
  • Split Airport: 25km from Split ferry terminal; transfer time about 40min
  • Split to Hvar ferry: 35min transfer time
  • Currency: Euro or Kuna 


Looming above the town, this medieval castle provides magnificent views over Hvar and the Pakleni Islands. Inside plays host to a collection of ancient Greek pottery recovered from the seabed and a terraced cafe. 


Although you can no longer enter through the graceful arch, a wander up the stairs to the terrace is well worth the trip for views over Hvar's harbour. 

Franciscan Monastery

This elegant 15th century monastery is home to a collection of lace, coins, nautical charts and several fine paintings and polyptchs, dating back to the 1500s. 

St Stephen’s Square

At 4500 square metres, it is one of the largest old squares in Dalmatia, and is the impressive core to Hvar's city centre. 

St Stephen's Cathedral

The 16th century baroque cathedral provides a dramatic backdrop to the main square. It's rectangular bell tower with additional windows at each level, provides a distinctive feature. 


Places to eat


Located just off the main square, this charming and cozy restaurant offers a heated outdoor seating area. The menu includes fresh and local fish dishes and their specialty gregada dish. 


Konoba Menego

A family owned tavern, located in the heart of ancient Hvar, Konoba Menego, specializes in traditional Dalmatian cuisine, with folk music playing and staff decked out in national costumes, 


Lungo Mare

A small restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike, Lungo Mare, serves Croatian cuisine including seafood, meat, soups and cold salads. 

Places to shop

If you are looking for local souvenirs and items, then the harbour is the place to go, with stalls lining the walls and streets. Hvar is also known to have some of the best wine in Croatia, so a trip to one of the many vineyards is a must for those wishing to take a little piece of Hvar home. 


Hvar is known as the town that never sleeps as has an exciting nightlife. The watering hole of choice on Hvar is the Carpe Diem cocktail bar, which sits rights on the waterfront. Stari Grad and Vrboska are the quietest areas on the island with a smaller concentration of bars and cafes. 

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