Hvar boasts a rich and colorful history and has a fantastic set of tourist attractions to match. Beyond the beautiful diving is an island waiting to be explored.
The Fortress (Citadel)Perched above the old town, the Citadel was built at the beginning of the 16th century (under the Venetians) and has seen many reconstructions, with additional reinforcements completed by the French and the barracks and observation post by the Austrians. It hosts a prominent collection of amphorae and other objects from the ancient times and the Middle Ages.
The Cathedral of St. StephenStanding on the eastern side of the main square, it was built on the site of an early 6th century church. The present appearance of the Cathedral was finalized in the 16th and 17th century. Co-located in the square is an old 13th century arsenal, housing (on the first floor) the oldest European theatre (built in 1612).
The Blue Cave (Biševo)One of the most unique, natural phenomena in the world, the Blue Cave is situated on the island Bisevo. With its silvery-blue color created by sunlight refraction entering through a crack in the stone, it is a must-see location!
Pakleni IslandsThe legend says that the Pakleni Islands came into existence as a result of a secret love between the sea god Poseidon and a nymph. Even today, marvel at the beauty and cohesion of the little islands that surround the town of Hvar. Spend a day away from crowded beaches, enjoy the sun and relax in the serenity of hidden coves and the tranquil clear-blue sea.
Franciscan MonasteryBuilt in 15th century as a retreat for sailors, the monastery now contains a collection of artifacts which are the oldest on the island, consisting of paintings, manuscripts, old coins and incunabula (early printed books).
Hvar Island nightlife revolves around its exciting city square, almost becoming a town that never sleeps – at least not from June to September.
The town has a special flair and there is always something going on! Summer brings a wave of people, particularly young party-goers with the port swelling to cater for this increased tourism.
The island’s popularity has certainly been increased thanks to the private island party ‘Carpe Diem’ and the ‘Hula Hula Beach Club’.
Hvar boasts a large choice of dinner and party venues, but for those preferring a quieter ambiance, you can easily escape the crowds by visiting the bars and restaurants of nearby Jelsa, Stari Grad and Vrboska – just a short drive from Hvar.