Here’s why Hvar Island is an ideal summer getaway in Croatia

Laid-back island living meets hedonistic nightlife at Hvar Island, Croatia’s most magical summer escape.
Hvar island off the dalmatian coast in croatia.
Hvar Island off the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. Image: Shutterstock/DaLiu.

The summer breeze in Hvar Island flows with a hint of lavender and sea salt. With year-round sunshine, this popular isle comes brimming with beach parties against golden sunsets, gastronomical gems, swimming holes, and charming stone villages.

The island is famous for its lavender fields.
The island is famous for its lavender fields. Image: Shutterstock/Joanne_Charnwood.

Located along the Dalmatian coastline right at the very heart of Adriatic Sea, the sunniest of the region’s islands, Hvar is perfect if you wish to get a taste of Croatian living. The eponymous town here is lined with winding stone lanes, Gothic architectures, an old square featuring Arsenal building, St Stephen Church, and a small port, and of course, the 16th-century Spanish fortress, Fortica.

The main square in the old town is lined with historic buildings.
The main square in the Old Town is lined with historic buildings. Image: Shutterstock/DaLiu.

Stroll along the cobbled promenades, take up the foliage-filled historic staircases leading to hidden sun-soaked corners, and go island hopping to the nearby Palkeni islets. You can even hire a yacht to watch a magical sunset and later, dance till dawn at snazzy beach parties. You cannot visit Stari Grad while in Hvar. Discover a quieter side to the isle in this part as you explore a charming network of twisting stone lanes, rustic restaurants, and iconic buildings.

Cobbled streets with stone houses and colourful bougainvillea blooms can be found almost everywhere.
Cobbled streets with stone houses and colourful bougainvillea blooms can be found almost everywhere. Image: Shutterstock/Gaspar Janos.

By the Riva or waterfront, spend your evening enjoying the cool sea breeze, as you watch the boats gently bobbing along the coast. Explore the shores of Zaraće, Sveta Nedilja, Ivan Dolac, and Gromin Dolac. Bask on the island’s incredible beaches, whiling away the day — the list includes the palm-fringed Pokonji Dol, Bonj, Dubovica, and more. There’s also a Napoleonic fort built back in 1812, now home to the Hvar Observatory. Take a hike up to enjoy a journey through silvery olive groves, clusters of wild rosemary and lavender, and a sight usually reserved only for the birds.

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The place is filled with charming restaurants and little eateries.
The place is filled with charming restaurants and little eateries. Image: Shutterstock/tartanparty.
Seafood is at the heart of dalmatian cuisine.
Seafood is at the heart of Dalmatian cuisine. Image: Shutterstock/Dani Vincek.

While at it, sample the best of Dalmatian cuisine while enjoying the views of the shimmering waters, From squid ink specialities to fresh-caught fish of the day delicacies, seafood is dominant on the Dalmatian menus. Following a hearty meal of seafood and homemade truffle pasta, make sure to stop by Hula Hula and Backlane Craft Bar for sundowners. These places whip up some of the most creative concoctions in town.

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