If you are planning a trip to Croatia, you are not going to want to miss a visit to the island of Hvar (pronounced ‘var). As Croatia’s fourth largest island, Hvar is the second trendiest Croatian hotspot after Dubrovnik and attracts many of the rich, famous and fabulous to its shores every year, often arriving by private yacht. |
A holiday in Hvar is not just for the wealthy, however – this little island in the Adriatic Sea has something for anyone seeking a sun-soaked beach holiday with delicious food, amazing weather and rocking nightlife, all with a chic Croatian feel. Things to Do
There are many fun and active things to do during your holiday in Hvar if lying on the beach all day is not your style. Being an island, scuba diving is a favourite activity, with various dive shops around the island offering diving excursions. The Diving Centre Viking located in town also offers PADI certification courses for the novice who may want to try out the sport. Some other water activities include windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing. If you’d rather stay on land, rent a mountain bike or scooter and go exploring!
A holiday in Hvar wouldn’t be complete without checking out some of the parties and nightlife around town once the sun sets. After a day at the beach, the younger crowd stops in at Hula Hula to enjoy cocktails and the sounds of house and techno music. An alternative is the quieter BB club, part of the Riva Hotel, where afternoon cocktails and cold beer can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace overlooking some of the grand yachts in the harbour.
Carpe Diem Hvar, where Prince Harry has previously been spotted, is a popular choice for late night partying with local DJ’s spinning house music. Kiva Bar is usually packed with the young and beautiful, where old dance, pop and rock classics play, while Nautica is more of a typical disco with more than 100 cocktails and shooters featured on their menu!
For something a little more low-key, visit 3 Pršuta, a little wine bar located behind the main square, to sample some of the island’s finest wines paired with authentic Croatian snacks. Getting There
When booking your holiday in Hvar, note that there are no direct flights from London, UK. Croatia Airlines and easyJet offer direct flights to Split, where travellers can take an airport bus or taxi to Split port, before boarding a catamaran to Hvar town. If a catamaran isn’t available, an alternative is to catch a ferry to Stari Grad, then take a short bus or taxi ride on to Hvar.
When to Visit
I recommend you plan your holiday in Hvar during the summer months, between June and September, when temperatures are well above 20°C, the skies are consistently blue, the sea is at its warmest for swimming, and all the local businesses and attractions are open.
A holiday in Hvar will tick off all the boxes, from gorgeous natural surroundings to classy nightlife and amazing adventures. Get in touch with my team for an immaculate planning and organisation of your unforgettable trip.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. If you're planning a holiday in Hvar, he has been providing luxury breaks in Croatia, Bermuda, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe for more than 30 years. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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