Best Things to Do in Hvar

Hvar is known for its abundance of sunshine, vineyards, lavender fields, historic landmarks, world-class restaurants and lively nightlife. You’ll be surrounded by beauty no matter where you go on this island, with many idyllic sandy beaches for soaking up the sun and swimming in enticing turquoise waters too.

Hvar Town attracts many international jetsetters, as you’ll see from the many superyachts in its harbor. Just a few of the big names that have been drawn to this cosmopolitan island include Prince Harry, Jackie O, Beyonce, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, and Neil Patrick Harris. But beyond the hopping clubs, you’ll find plenty of other things to do in Hvar.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hvar
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hvar

Built in 1605 on the site of a church from the 9th century, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of Hvar’s most important historical buildings. Local tradesmen constructed it in Baroque style while the interior features paintings created by Venetian artists. Inside the bell tower, you’ll see a 2nd-century stone relief of a Roman ship.

Spanjola Fortress

Spanjola Fortress, Hvar
Spanjola Fortress, Hvar

The island’s Venetian fort, Spanjola sits on a 328-foot-high hill. The gentle climb to reach the top is well worth the effort. You’ll see a tower, circular bastions, and walls with battlements as well as a stunning panoramic view of the pretty harbor, the sparkling Adriatic and nearby islands.

Pakleni Islands

Pakleni Islands
Pakleni Islands

The Pakleni archipelago is just off the southwest coast of Hvar and a sailing trip provides a memorable introduction. The emerald island gems, covered with dense vegetation, are known for secluded beaches and aquamarine waters, with mesmerizing hidden coves that make for the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip.

Blue Cave

Blue Cave, Bisevo
Blue Cave Entrance

A natural sea cave lying along the rocky coast of Bisevo Island, the Blue Cave can be accessed by boat tour from Hvar. Witness one of Mother Nature’s most magical shows, with the sun’s rays beaming through a crack in the cave roof. Reflecting off the limestone sea bottom, it’s illuminated in a surreal blue glow.

Dubrovica Beach

Often referred to as Hvar’s most beautiful beach, Dubrovica lies along the southern shores of the island, about six miles east of Hvar Town. The pebbly stretch lies in a secluded cove framed by dazzling, translucent aquamarine waters, accessed by about a 10-minute walk down a winding dirt path.

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields, Hvar
Lavender, Hvar

The famous Hvar lavender fields will be blooming in June and July. Come during this time and you can take a stroll through an endless sea of purple while enjoying the aromatic scent of the flowers. A mid-July festival celebrates them, featuring various events like workshops and demonstrations, along with many lavender products.


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