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Hvar

Country
Croatia
State
Dalmatia
City
Hvar
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

The town of Hvar is a charming little place with old stone houses and a beautiful main square near the harbor. The town is situated on a bay with some small outlying islands known as Pakleni Otoci (Pakleni Islets). High above the town, on one of the three surrounding hills, sits a Venetian fortress. There is regular ferry service from Hvar town to the city of Split. All the regular tourist facilities are offered in Hvar, including accommodation, restaurants, bike rentals, and car rentals. This is a good base from which to explore the rest of the island.



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How to Reach

By Air

The closest international airports to Hvar are the ones in Split and Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik is 100km from Drvenik and ferry Drvenik - Sucuraj). From Dubrovnik, frequent bus lines are available to Drvenik or Split, or you can choose taxi or car rental.
Split Airport is situated 30 km from Split ferry station. Transfer of passengers from the Airport is organised by buses, also there is a local bus every 20 minutes and taxis are available during the operating time of Split Airport.

By Ferry

The easiest way to come to the Hvar island wether you come by car, train or plane is from Split and  Drvenik (Dalmatia) or Ancona and Pescara(Italy) by ferries or catamarans.
There are also cross - island ferry lines to Hvar from Korcula, Vis and Brac (Dalmatian islands), and coastal  boat line  from Rijeka to Dubrovnik and vice versa.

By Train

The train station in Split is  right across the ferry station in Split, where you can take a ferry to Stari Grad, or catamaran to Jelsa and Hvar city.
Other option is to take a bus to Drvenik, (92 km from Split), where you can take a ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar island.

InterCity trains operate now  from Zagreb to Split and back three times a day (with additional connections at night) with duration of 6 hours

By Bus

Bus lines connect all parts of the country. Regular international bus lines connect Croatia with all neighboring countries, as well as most of middle European and west European countries.

If you are travelling Hvar by bus - there are connections from all bigger cities and places to Split.

Key places to visit
Hvar Island, Main Square, Vis, Pakleni Otoci


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Places to Visit

Hvar Island

Hvar Island is considered by many to be the gem of the Adriatic. Hvar is a green island, with beaches spattering the coastline and lavender fields gracing the interior. The town of Hvar is one of the most popular destinations in the Adriatic with numerous historic buildings and structures dating as far back as the 13th Century. At the west end of the island is Stari Grad, Jelsa, and Vrboska.

Ferries service the island of Hvar on a regular basis from the main port in Split. Once on the island, local buses run between Hvar and the other towns. It is also possible to hire a car or bicycle.

Main Square

The most impressive buildings on the island are on the Hvar Main Square (Trg Sveti Stjepana). The Cathedral of St Stephen (Katedrala Sv Stjepana) with its huge 17th Century bell tower is the main attraction. The interior of the Cathedral is home to some notable 16th and 17th Century artwork, including pieces by Palma il Giovane, Juan Boschetus, and Domenico Uberti. Also on the Hvar Main Square is the Loggia, Clock Tower, and Hektorovic Palace, all of which date to the 15th Century. From the 17th Century is the Arsenal on the south side, containing the Renaissance Municipal Theater (Kazaliste), opened in 1612.

The west end of the Main Square opens up onto the harbor. In the center of the square is a well that was built in 1520. The Main Square in Hvar is one of the largest squares in Dalmatia. Many of the buildings around the square now house cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Vis

The island of Vis has been inhabited throughout the ages by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Venetians. Historically the island also played a role in the Second World War and was used by Tito in military operations. Up until 1989 the island was used exclusively for military purposes and visiting Vis was prohibited. However since that time it has been rediscovered by visitors and has a few hotel options as well as private accommodation. The two main towns are Vis and Komiza. The island has some beautiful coves and beaches along the coast.

In the old town of Vis are the remains of Greek and Roman settlements, including a Greek cemetery and Roman baths. The Archeological Museum (Arheoloski Muzej) on Vis has some interesting collections offering insight into the history of the island. On display are exhibits of pottery, jewelry and art. Of particular interest is a bronze sculpture of the head of a Greek goddess. It was created in the 4th Century.

Near Vis is the island of Bisevo, known for the Blue Grotto (Modra Spilja) cave, where the water color changes depending on the time of day.

Pakleni Otoci

Pakleni Otoci are the small group of islands located just off the Island of Hvar, closest to Hvar Town. These are a string of uninhabited islands covered in pine trees. Most of the islands have rock shores and pebble beaches. The main islands are Jerolim, Marinkovac, and St Klement. St Klement is a very green island and home to the popular Palmizana beach. From Hvar it is also possible to catch a water taxi to the small village of Milna, to the east of Hvar.

Right Time to Visit

July - August

Temperature

January - February -> 5(°C) - Summer
July - August -> 28(°C) - Spring


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