Location of Hvar
Hvar is located in a bay in the southwestern part of the island of the same name. The town is surrounded by steep karst hillsides. Administratively Hvar includes Brusje, Malo Grablje, Milna, Sveta Nedjelja, Velo Grablje, and Zaraće.
History of Hvar
According to archaeological findings, Hvar and the surrounding region have been inhabited for more than 7000 years. This theory is supported by the Neolithic pottery, tools and weapons archaeologists found in the Markova Cave, just 20 minutes from Hvar. First, the Illyrians settled here. Then came the Greek, then Roman conquerors in the 2nd century. There was the Byzantine rule in the 6-7th centuries, and in the 13th century, Hvar was part of the Venetian Republic.
The city had a much more protected port than Stari Grad, not only in military aspects but against winds as well. Thanks to these favourable conditions, Hvar became the centre of the island. The Venetian rule of nearly 400 years was of great importance. Almost all the buildings we see today date back to these centuries. Venetian rule ended in 1797. Between 1813 and 1918 Hvar belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Hvar’s second economic and cultural boom dates to this period. Between 1921 and 1941 Hvar was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1991 it was returned to Croatia.
Weather in Hvar
This seaside resort town has a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, winters are mild. In July the highest temperatures can reach up to 30 °C. We recommend visiting Hvar from May to September. If you like swimming, come in August, when the temperature of the sea is 25 °C.
Highlights of Hvar
The town has a rich history. One of the most famous tourist attractions is the Main Square, the largest and most beautiful piazza in Dalmatia. You can see many gorgeous Venetian palaces among the buildings. The Spanjola Hill is towering above them with the old fortress, the famous Fortica. The town is also home to one of Europe’s oldest public theatres, which opened its doors in 1612. The Arsenal armoury was built from 1579 to 1611 and it is the oldest monument on the Island of Hvar.
Gastronomy of Hvar
If you are craving a delicious lunch or dinner, Dalmatino is a perfect choice. The restaurant offers quality meals and drinks. The place is characterised by a pleasant atmosphere and polite service. Although, the restaurant is very popular among tourists, so you should make a reservation in advance. We also recommend Luna Grande with its cosy rooftop terrace.
Beaches in Hvar
Pokonji dol Beach
It is one of Hvar’s best and most easily accessible beaches, only a 25-minute walk from the town. The pebble beach has crystal clear water, glittering in all shades of turquoise. There are two restaurants nearby, offering quality food.
The secluded pebble beach, Dubovica is the most beautiful beach on the island of Hvar. It has a gorgeous shore and crystal clear water. In addition, it is less crowded than other beaches in the town. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant near the beach.
Catamaran rental in Hvar
The location of this popular resort town makes it a perfect starting point to discover other Central Dalmatian towns and picturesque islands. Below, you can read about the best ports around Hvar and in the region.
Port of Hvar
This popular docking place of Hvar Island provides protection against the northern wind. However, southern and northwestern winds can cause significant waves. They offer several high-quality services including fuelling.
Marina Stari Grad
The port of this cosy town can accept a total of 150 boats. The depth of the water is 13 metres near the entrance, and 4–5 metres at the town pier. They offer cafés, restaurants and an information office as well. Information about sailing in Stari Grad, or rent a boat in Stari Grad
Marina Sveti Klement
ACI Marina Palmižana is one of the safest harbours on the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the northeastern part of Saint Klement Island, which belongs to the Pakleni archipelago. It is open seasonally, from the 1st of April until the 31st of October. There are 180 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 30 metres. The maximum depth of the water is 3–8 metres. They provide showers, Wi-Fi, cafés, and restaurants and you can even find a grocery store here.
The port of Bol is located on the southern coast of Brač Island, about halfway between Milna and Sumartin. Because of its small size, it can be hard to find a free berth during the main season. The depth of the water is 6–7 metres near the entrance and 2 metres at the pier. They provide drinking water, electricity, laundry as well as cafés and restaurants. Information about Bol sailing, or rent a boat in Bol
If you are sailing to Hvar, do not miss out on the other breathtaking resort towns in the area. The Sveti Klement Island, Stari Grad, Milna, Ložišća, Sutivan, Rogač and Stomorka are also great catamaran holiday destinations. Find catamaran routes in Hvar or choose another catamaran charter in Croatia
Rent a catamaran in Hvar, and cruise around Hvar island
Day 1. Hvar – Vinogradišće-bay 5, 58 km (3, 47 mi), Day 2. Vinogradišće-bay – Vis (Marina Vis) 20, 00 km (12, 43 mi), Day 3. Vis (Marina Vis) – Vela Luka 44, 90 km (27, 90 mi), Day 4. Vela Luka – Lovište 42, 09 km (26, 15 mi), Day 5. Lovište – Sućuraj 22, 07 km (13, 72 mi), Day 6. Sućuraj – Zavala 40, 75 km (25, 32 mi), Day 7. Zavala – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – Hvar 30, 29 km (18, 82 mi).
Day 1. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Bol 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 2. Bol – Sumartin 18, 33 km (11, 39 mi), Day 3. Sumartin – Povlja 13, 54 km (8, 42 mi), Day 4. Povlja – Pučišća 11, 06 km (6, 87 mi), Day 5. Pučišća – Supetar 17, 50 km (10, 87 mi), Day 6. Supetar – Rogač 21, 23 km (13, 19 mi), Day 7. Rogač – Maslinica 11, 38 km (7, 07 mi), Day 8. Maslinica – Rogoznica 29, 12 km (18, 10 mi), Day 9. Rogoznica – Vis (Marina Vis) 58, 50 km (36, 35 mi), Day 10. Vis (Marina Vis) – Komiža 19, 71 km (12, 25 mi), Day 11. Komiža – Vela Luka 57, 84 km (35, 94 mi), Day 12. Vela Luka – Zavala 25, 21 km (15, 67 mi), Day 13. Zavala – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) 26, 04 km (16, 18 mi), Day 14. St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – Hvar – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 26, 96 km (16, 75 mi).
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