Town of Hvar


Hvar is the largest town on the island, located just 1 hour by catamaran from Split. Due to the mild climate, clean sea, plenty of sunny hours, nightlife and the vicinity of the Pakleni Islands, Hvar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.

If you are on the sea during the nice day and sail near the town of Hvar, do not miss the opportunity to stop. Berth is available on the right side of the waterfront while app. 20 buoys are located on the left side of the bay. Berths at the waterfront are provided with power cabinets, while restrooms and showers, unfortunately, do not exist. During the peak season (July and August) it is recommended to get there until 12:00-13:00. Those who do not like the crowds of small places can look up the moorings in the nearby ACI marina of Palmižana, from which they can always order a taxi boat to Hvar.

If you have been able to tie, take the opportunity to explore this beautiful town. The town of Hvar has Pjaca, the largest square in Dalmatia, where St. Stephen’s Cathedral is located. Right from the cathedral there is an alley with a staircase on top of which is the Konoba “Luviji” where you can taste the local wine.
On the left side of the cathedral you will find a green market and fish market, bus station and taxi station. In the same place you can rent a car, motorbike or bicycle for a more detailed tour of the rest of the island. There is also a local pizzeria “Alviž”, popular among the local population.

On the square you can find the oldest public theater in Europe (1612), situated over Arsenal, a place used in the past for galley repair. It is currently closed for reconstruction.

In the alleys behind the theater there are a lot of small shops where you can buy local souvenirs. If you continue on the main street behind the theater called Burak, which runs parallel to the waterfront, you will come to the little church and a wonderful pastry shop, “Nonica”. Delicious cakes, great coffee and an even more beautiful environment will satisfy even the most demanding gourmets!
Looking out from the sea, on the left side of the main square there is a street, all in the stairs. Although the stairs look threatening for those with less condition, it is worthwhile to go there. At the beginning there is a shop of handmade jewelry. After 20 meters on the left side of the street you will see the Benedictine monastery, which is especially famous around the world for agave lace. The tradition of making agave lace is over 100 years old, passed from generation to generation and can be found these days only here.

If you proceed with the stairs all the way to the top of the street and continue along the road, you will come to Fortress, which was built on a hill above the old part of town in the mid 16th century. You will be delighted with architecture and history and enjoy in the wonderful view of the town of Hvar, its surroundings, as well as nearby islands. The recommendation of the local population is to visit the Fortress at the sunset! There is a small museum, a souvenir shop and a café in the fort, and during the summer season you can visit it up to 22h.
From the sights of the town of Hvar worth visiting, we have to mention also the Franciscan monastery located in the small bay, 5-minute walking distance from the city center. Founded in 1461, this monastery preserves a rich collection of Greek, Roman and Venetian coins, liturgical accessories, an atlas of ancient Ptolemy cartographer, rare specimens of amphora and paintings by Venetian painters. The most famous exhibition is the big picture of Last Supper (2 x 8 m). There is a 300-year-old cypress in the garden.
Town of Hvar is also known as the birthplace of the father of dactyloscopy, Ivan Vučetić. He was born on 1858 in Hvar and his family house is on the waterfront, right next to the city post office.
In the city center there are numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs. At the bottom of the bay, in the alley behind the main promenade, right behind the city park and next to the church of Sv. Marcus there is Mizarola Restaurant. A relaxing atmosphere among the old town walls, good food and affordable prices make this restaurant special.
If you want to spend a quiet day on the beach, take a taxi boat to the Pakleni Islands, Mlini beach in Ždrilca bay. This is a favorite place of locals for a Sunday trip! Enjoy the peace and quiet, the beautiful beach, the pine trees and the crystal blue sea. Above the beach there is a small restaurant “Mlini” where you can have a nice lunch or just drink coffee.
In the end, bring home from Hvar’s famous Hvar lavender and its products, unique jewelry or agave lace.


Article by Inga Tomasevic

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