3 Reasons Why You Should Travel To Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is a Mediterranean island situated along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. It is also the name of the most popular town on the island. We traveled there in August 2014 and believe this is a ‘must see’ place to visit in Europe.
Keep reading to discover three reasons why you should travel to Hvar.
Hvar is the perfect place to visit if you need to chill out and relax. Hvar boasts around 300 sunny days per year, making it the ideal location for soaking up the sea-side atmosphere, with crystal clear water, smooth pebbles and many deck chairs.
The town of Hvar has plenty of shopping and bars for you to enjoy at your own leisure. These, along with a good selection of quality seafood restaurants, are open to midnight in the summer months. Here on Hvar island, it is easy to unwind and leave behind the cares of everyday life.
2. Lavender and Wine
The people of Hvar boast about their good quality wine, both red and white. The high percentage of sunlight and sheltered valleys make for high quality vineyards. Be sure to go wine-tasting on Hvar or enjoy a glass or two some with your meal.
Hvar is known as the lavender island and provides the most magnificent sight when the flowers are in bloom. If you are keen to see the lavender fields, you will need to visit shortly before harvest in mid June. Over the years, the locals have made many uses for the lavender. These include healing oils and lotions, insect repellant and arts and crafts.
Do you prefer a bit of adventure over lying in a deck chair? Then you won’t be disappointed with the range of activities offered when you travel to Hvar island. If you are interested in water activities there are plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing. Other activities on the island include caving and four-wheel driving.
Tips and Advice
- The easiest and most economical way to get to Hvar is by catamaran boat with Jadrolinija, from Split. Adults tickets cost 70 kuna each (roughly €9). These boats only run a few times a day from Split and are usually booked out in summer months. We recommend you book online a few days in advance to ensure you are not stranded on or off the island. Keep in mind your booking confirmation is not your ticket. You will still need to visit the Jadrolinija port office to collect your ticket on the day of departure.
- The cost of visiting Hvar island is not as expensive as you might imagine. There are many varied types of accommodation, ranging from camping and hostels, to apartments and resorts.
- The restaurants on the Hvar main square, as expected, are the most expensive ‘tourist traps’, but you can find reasonable prices slightly off the main thoroughfare. There are some nice locally made souveniours that can be purchased for acceptable prices too.
- When swimming at the beaches, be aware of the sharp rocks and dangerous sea urchins. We recommend bringing reef shoes or crocks to use in the water.
Hvar boasts excellent opportunities for both serious relaxing and adventure, and we thoroughly recommend visiting this beautiful Croatian Island.
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