Hvar Vacation Packages & Boat Tours

Plan your Trip to Hvar, Croatia

All our main small boat cruises between Dubrovnik and Split include stops in Hvar. We offer private island tours and the best hotels in Hvar during your stay.

Sunny Hvar Island is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, offering just about everything anyone could want in an unforgettable trip. That includes spectacular scenery with postcard-perfect beaches framed by dazzlingly clear blue waters, vineyard- and olive grove-covered hills, and lavender fields. 

Hvar Town is famous for its world-class dining and nightlife that draws international jet setters and celebrities, but it also offers an enticing historic center. The town square is home to many centuries-old buildings like the Cathedral of St. Stephen, Europe’s oldest still active community theatre which opened its doors in 1612, and Spanjola Fortress where one can enjoy a panoramic view over the town, yacht-filled harbor, and nearby islands from the top.

There is lots of history to soak up in ancient Stari Grad on the northern side of the island too. It’s the oldest town in all of Croatia, dating back to 384 BC.

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Where to Stay in Hvar

While Hvar Town is the most popular place to stay on the island as the central hub, with some of the best hotels and the widest range of shopping, dining, and nightlife experiences combined with spectacular beaches and historical landmarks, there are other options too. At the center of the island, Zastrazisce village provides a serene oasis for enjoying the tranquillity and picturesque landscapes with olive groves, stone houses, ancient forts, and lovely churches.

Jelsa is a tourism center on the northern coast and offers secluded coves, wineries, and centuries-old architecture, while Star Grad, less than a 15-minute drive away, is an ideal pick for history buffs. You’ll also discover beautiful sea views, cobbled lanes that are enjoyable to wander, and some fabulous resorts.


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When to visit Hvar

One of Europe’s sunniest islands, Hvar enjoys 2,724 hours of sunshine a year, but it’s most popular in the summertime with the peak season of July, August, and early September. It’s the best time to enjoy swimming on the idyllic beaches, joining lively parties, and taking advantage of the buzzing nightlife in the clubs and bars. For warm but not too hot weather without the thick crowds, consider the shoulder seasons of May and June or mid-September through early October.

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Hvar FAQs


Natalie Our Croatia Expert

How many days do you need in Hvar?

While it can be done in less, you really need a minimum of three days in Hvar. You’ll want time to explore the island’s fascinating history and its centuries-old landmarks from Hvar Town to Stari Grad, a day to go sailing with a boat tour to the Pakleni Islands is a must. Another day allows you to explore the vineyards and wineries as well as spend time on one of the beautiful beaches. You can even visit the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach on Brac Island from Jelsa.

What is the best time to see the lavender fields?

Hvar is famous for its lavender fields that create a sea of purple that blankets the already picturesque landscapes and fills the air with a sweet aroma. To witness it, you’ll have to come in June or July as they’re only in blossom during early summer. The main lavender harvest coincides with the lavender festival in late July, a time that you can learn all about the harvesting, the production of oil, and other items, as well as buy many lavender-based products from soaps and perfumes to scented pillows and oils.


What are the essential sights to see in Hvar?

Hvar Town is a must to explore with its many historical highlights like the early 17th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built in baroque style, and the Arsenal Theatre that opened in 1612. Towering above is the Spanish fortress, Spanjola, built in the early 16th century. A top attraction in Hvar, from here you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the town and the nearby archipelago. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain, first colonized by the Greeks in the 4th century BC and still nearly intact today. Dubovica Beach along the island’s southern shores is often referred to as Hvar’s most beautiful stretch, set in a secluded cove.


Is Hvar worth visiting?

The views from Spanjola Fortress alone are worth visiting Hvar, but there is a long list of other things to see and do, making it worthy for at least an overnight stay, and ideally longer. While Hvar Town is famous for its partying and nightlife with an impressive number of clubs, if you’re not into that, just wandering the Old Town is enjoyable. Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to do some touring and tasting. There are multiple family-run wineries where you can chat about the history and winemaking process with the owner as you enjoy a sample.

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