The island of Hvar off the Dalmation Coast in Croatia is one of those magical places that appeals to people from all walks of life, whether you’re an adventurous backpacker or a fan of luxury travel. Fields of lavender and groves of olive trees add to the exotic atmosphere of the place, while top-notch restaurants and a lively party scene keep people coming back for more. Discover the quiet and tranquility of harbour town Jelsa, or dance the night away in the clubs of Hvar Town. Your perfect adventure awaits.
Hvar Town has long been a hotspot for A-listers and party animals looking for a fun time. Visit in the summer time and you'll see throngs of yachts parked up in the harbour, their owners heading off to popular places like Hula Hula Beach Bar and Carpe Diem in Stipanska Bay. Once the bars and clubs close up for the night, the party continues on Carpe Diem Beach and on the private yachts.
If you'd rather avoid the party scene, there are plenty of things to see and do around town. Head to Fortica (or Španjola,, as the locals call it), a medieval fortress that towers over Hvar Town. Marvel at the 13th-century walls that surround the town, and pay a visit to the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery, just a short walk from Hvar's main square.
With its warm Mediterranean climate and crystal clear waters, Croatia is one of the best beach holiday spots in all of Europe. On Hvar, you'll find everything from busy beaches filled with bars to serene coves that are practically untouched.
Located 4km from Hvar Town, the fishing village of Milna is home to two pebble beaches and a handful of restaurants serving up fresh seafood and local wine.
Small, secluded and surrounded by thick pine forests, Lučišća beach is like heaven on Earth. This cove is an easy drive from Hvar Town, or you can reach it by boat. Expect turquoise waters, a pebble shoreline and zero facilities.
This beach resort, situated 8km from the city of Hvar, is a favourite for travellers, with a long pebble beach and stunning scenery. Bring a picnic or grab lunch at one of the restaurants and cafes nearby. Be prepared to climb down over rocks to get here, but don't worry - it's worth it.