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Hvar: Croatia’s Most Beautiful Island

Hvar, Croatia (photo: Ann)
Hvar, Croatia

The queen of all Croatian islands with the title of the best island in Europe in 2019, Hvar has continued to show how to keep the spot on the very top of the list. 

Since ancient times, Hvar has been significant because of its position and nautical contribution.

Today, it attracts a wide range of tourists – from the ones looking for a good time, nightclubs and parties, to the ones looking to learn about the culture and history.

Thanks to the warm summer days, Hvar is a perfect destination from which you can explore Hvar itself and its surroundings. 

Whether you’re the newly arrived owner of a dream house in Murter, Zadar, or Primošten, or you’re just visiting Dalmatia for a few days, taking a trip to Hvar is something you can’t skip!

Hvar Cathedral (photo: Call Me Fred)
Hvar Cathedral


History plays a key role in transforming any place into what it is today, giving it character and uniqueness. 

Founded in 385 BC as a Greek colony, Hvar’s Old Town (originally called Pharos) is the center of historical ruins and monuments.

When going on a walking tour around it, don’t miss the Tvrdalj Castle and Petar Hektorovi’s home representing the fishermen's lifestyle. 

In addition to the Castle, the churches of St. Stephen, St. Rok, St. Peter, and St. Nicholas, all of which are real witnesses to history are ready for your visit.

Outside of the Old Town, there’s an adventure waiting.

Španjola Fortress (also known as Fortica) offers a perfect viewpoint. You can get there by hiking, bus, or car.

Explore as much as you can and make sure you see the former prison cells. 

For those who love the crystal clear sea and want to explore nature and beaches, it’s time to head out to the Pakleni islands.

Known for Palmižana beach, on the Pakleni islands, you can witness an amazing collection of exotic plants. 

The only thing you need to do is decide when you are going – renting a boat or calling a taxi boat are both options to reach this amazing area of Hvar’s surroundings.

The list goes on. To keep this short, make sure you also visit the Franciscan and Dominican monastery, Arsenal, Theatre, and Jelsa town.

Beach in Hvar (photo: Colton Jones)
Beach in Hvar

The Beaches

As it is most likely you’ll be visiting Hvar during summer, here are some real treats for you.

Dubovica beach is unique and probably the most beautiful beach in the area.

This pebble beach offers you a chance to see heaven on Earth. Even though it is very well known, it is never too crowded. 

Zarae beach, easily accessed by boat or car, is a secluded beach 20 to 30 minutes from Hvar town.

The fact that many people haven’t heard of it allows you to escape from the world and be at peace.

Mlini beach is located on Marinkovac island, one of the many Pakleni islands.

Hvar waters (photo: Nikola Radojcic)
Hvar waters

Like every other island in this archipelago, Mlini beach offers you the clearest and brightest sea, enticing you to jump in for a swim.

Other than these, all around the island of Hvar, there are sandy and pebble family beaches, ideal for tanning and relaxing. 

Finally, to round out your experience, make sure you take a break from sightseeing, swimming, and hiking to try Dalmatian specialties in restaurants like Dalmatino, Gariful, and Grande Luna.

After the meal, sign up for boat tours from Hvar to other amazing destinations where you can stay in the villa of your dreams!


This story is brought to you in partnership with Sea Tours Croatia.

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