Hvar holidays

If you’re seeking a picture-perfect island break, look no further than Hvar. Hvar holidays offer everything you could possibly want from an Adriatic island getaway - and then some. Besides unspoiled nature and historic towns, the island of Hvar has a super energetic nightlife and tons of amazing beaches to explore. From pristine shores to seafood restaurants, and ancient towns: there's something for everyone on Hvar island. 

As a hotspot for the world's rich and famous, Hvar is no stranger to tourists - and VIP ones at that. Popstars, princes and celebs flock to Hvar for its luxury resorts, stunning beaches and world-famous party scene. But holidays to Hvar are anything but exclusive, and the island offers plenty of magic beyond the buzz of the yacht-lined Hvar Town and Stari Grad. 

Hvar's natural beauty, which it offers in spades, is what attracts families, couples, and adrenaline junkies alike. The interior of the island is covered with sprawling vineyards and lavender fields, while the coast around Hvar is made up of pine-forested bays and secluded coves - so you can enjoy the Adriatic all to yourself. 

Explore the historic heart of Hvar

At the heart of Hvar Town lies St. Stephen's Square, a long and gleaming plaza that boasts a Gothic cathedral, flanked by winding, cafe-lined streets. In this bustling port town, you'll find ancient walls, a fortress perched on a hilltop, and the Renaissance-era Franciscan monastery - set amid alleyways peppered with traditional bars and seafood restaurants. 

Travel back in time

One of the oldest towns in Europe, the port of Stari Grad was first settled by the Ancient Greeks and later coveted by the Ottomans. It was here that 16th-century poet Petar Hektorović created a summer retreat, the Tvrdalj. His arcade-flanked seawater fishpool, walled herb garden and dovecote tower can be strolled around today, after being repaired and rebuilt through the 1900s.

Party like royalty

When the sun goes down, pay a visit to one of the sea-facing clubs that keep the party going all day and night long. Hula Hula is a great place for daytime partying and after-beach indulgence: close to the Hotel Amfora on a rocky outcrop of land called Majerovica, it’s accessible by foot - or by boat. Plenty of celebs have partied here, including Prince Harry. Take advantage of one of the few places in town where you can watch the sunset sink into the water, enjoying a cocktail and a soundtrack of ambient house music.

Map of Hvar

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9 to 25 ℃

Want to soak up the sun? July and August are your best bet, with highs in the low 30s°C

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Fly to Split International Airport, around 50km away

Hvar is best for...

Beach lovers: Craving a relaxing time by the sea? Hvar is just the ticket. Whether it's easy-access family beaches, or rocky, secluded coves, the island's coastline is vast and breathtaking.

Foodies: Hvar is famous for its mouthwatering seafood, aromatic olive oils, and Dalmatian specialities, such as slow-cooked squid and paprika-laced fish stews - washed down with wine from a nearby vineyard.

Revellers: Whether you want to dance all night or just kick back with your friends, Hvar has a party for you. The settlements of Hvar Town and Stari Grad are surrounded by beach clubs and bars where you can dance the night (or day) away.

Fast facts for Hvar

Language: The language spoken is Croatian. Most of the locals speak impeccable English, but try to learn a few phrases, as Croatians appreciate the effort!

Currency: Croatian Kuna is the currency in Croatia.

Local time: Hvar Island is an hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Split International Airport, which is around 3 hours from Hvar Island by coach and ferry.

Flight time from the UK: 2.5-3 hours.

Tourist information: Find out more before going to Hvar Island Croatia over at www.visithvar.hr/

Getting around Hvar

By car hire: Want to take your time exploring the island? A rental car gives you the freedom to go wherever and whenever you like.

By bus: Buses are an excellent alternative to renting a car; they're convenient and affordable - and very reliable. Bus schedules change depending on the season, so ask your hotel reception for an up-to-date timetable.

By boat: Get around the coast by hailing down a taxi boat, or rent your own boat to glide around the island.

Events in Hvar

Faros Marathon: On the last Saturday of August, enthusiastic athletes from around the world congregate in Stari Grad on Hvar to take part in this 10-mile swimming marathon.

Hvar Summer Festival: Hvar's summer buzz begins in mid-June with Dalmatian singing (klapas) concerts, outdoor cinemas, and open-air food fairs.

Ultra Beach Hvar: The colossal dance music festival Ultra Europe takes place on the islands beyond Split - including Hvar. You can expect thumping EDM music, as well as beach parties galore.

Hvar safety and security

Hvar is not as enlightened as others in providing facilities for the disabled. Phone ahead to check your bar or restaurant provides disability access.

Though homosexuality was legalised in Croatia decades ago, you won't find people especially tolerant, particularly in the more rural areas. People tend to be more accepting in Istria, Rijeka and the capital of Zagreb, but discretion is advised when it comes to public displays of affection.

It’s a good idea to carry your passport with you at all times as it’s the only recognised form of ID for tourists visiting the country.

The currency here is the Croatian Kuna. You can withdraw money from cash machines using most international debit and credit cards, but your card issuer may charge you a fee.

Visa / Health: Before you travel to Hvar, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Hvar weather

Temperature: 9°C to 25°C

As one of Europe's sunniest spots, Hvar Island enjoys a favourable climate year-round. In spring and summer, you'll enjoy 12 hours of sunshine on average a day, with the mercury reaching the low thirties during July and August. May and June are ideal months to visit the island's natural attractions due to the slightly cooler temperatures. Temperatures also hover in the mid-twenties in September and October. The wettest month is November; temperatures decline steadily up until January when they drop to around 9°C, but the weather is still warm enough to take advantage of its natural beauty.