Hvar Island is Croatia’s sunniest island with almost 2,800 hours of sunshine each year! It offers a luxurious island lifestyle that most people dream about. Hvar Town will probably be your base camp during your vacation. There’s the magnificent harbour lined with picturesque boats, a great place to walk along in the evening. Nearby is St. Stephen’s Square, the main town square. From there you can see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built in the 16th and 17th centuries with an impressive bell tower. The Franscican Monastery and Museum houses beautiful artwork and overlooks a beautiful shady cove and a 300-year-old cypress tree.
For the best panoramic view of the town and the surrounding Pakleni Islands, walk up the hill from Hvar Town to Fortica and climb the walls or enjoy a drink at the café. Stari Grad is another small town, whose main sights are the tvrdalj building that was built in the 16th century by a local writer and the Church of St. John. The tiny ports of Jelsa and Milna and the photogenic Vrboska are other charming small towns that are worth the visit. If you want to immerse yourself in history, check out Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s 1,400 hectares that has been virtually untouched for 2,400 years since it was founded by the Greeks in 400 BC. For the adventure enthusiasts, you can cycle along the pebbly beaches, kayak, or scuba dive at the Pakleni Islands with countless hidden coves and crystal clear waters. If you prefer to lounge and relax, Dubovica and Lucisca beaches offer the best views and clear waters for swimming.
To amuse your taste buds, try a wine tour at Vina Tomić – Bastijana, Dubokovic Medvid or Zlatan Otok. Konoba Menego is a welcoming little wine car on the steps between the castle and the main square that offers scrumptious platters of Damatian specialties such as octopus salad, prosciutto and goat’s cheese. For dinner, Zlatna Skolijka is a great slow-food restaurant set in the courtyard garden of a 14th century palazzo and is definitely one of Hvar’s best gourmet places. Fig Caffe Bar is a great reminder to check out the backstreets and alleyways because you’re bound to find some local gems. Also, every dish is as photogenic as it is tasty and the pulled pork is definitely a must-try. Before you leave the island, make sure to pick up some lavender goodies, which is the symbol of Hvar.