Hvar Croatia is a medium-sized island in the Adriatic Sea. The sunniest Croatian island to be found, it’s also often considered one of the country’s most beautiful and appealing. Hvar Island is a part of the central Dalmatian archipelago that covers an area of about 200 square miles and has a population of more than 11,000. For travelers touring Croatia, it is a must-see destination, especially if you’re looking to island-hop along the Dalmatian coast—in which case, Krk, Vis, and Dugi Otok should also form part of your itinerary.
Hvar Croatia houses a great many attractions and places of interest. These include Hvar Town itself, Stari Grad, Sucuraj, Jelsa, and Vrboska. Other interesting locations situated on the coast of Hvar Island include Milna, Svet Nedilja, Ivan Dolac, and Zaval. Hvar Croatia is popular for its Adriatic setting and is famous for its gentle winters and warm summers, which include a heady amount of sunshine—approximately 2,700 hours a year, in fact.
The Hvar beaches that help lure tourists away from the Croatian mainland are typically rocky or pebbly stretches of coastline located in bays and enveloped by pine forests. That’s not to say you won’t find sand here, however; head north of Hvar Town and you’ll come across a slew of idyllic beaches that consist of fine, soft-under-foot sand. These Hvar beaches to the north are particularly popular among families traveling with children. Not only is the sand gentler, but the general level of swimsuit-wearing is higher than in the south, where the secluded nature of the beaches attracts nude sunbathers.
If you're looking for sandy Hvar beaches, head to Jelsa, which is a small port town located in the mid-section on the northern coast of the island. Not only is the sand welcoming here, but the water is also crystal blue, making for great sea-swimming. Jelsa is a significant tourist center, so tourist provisions are plentiful here.
Stari Grad Hvar is essentially a town bordering a harbor at the end of a bay on the northern side of Hvar Island. The town is covered with vineyards, and a major attraction here is wine tasting. It also has ample olive groves, fishing, fruit growing, and grape-processing industries. In this respect, Stari Grad is a thriving tourist hub. The town also has a variety of accommodations such as hotels, apartments, camps, rooms, and rentable bungalows, so the incoming visitor will have no problem finding a place to stay.
Among the other attractions in Hvar Town is its fortress (or citadel). The fortress sits on top of a hill, right above the old town. First constructed in the 1700s, it has since gone through several major reconstructions, with its final appearance sealed during French rule at the start of the nineteenth century. The fortress today hosts a major collection of amphorae, a type of two-handled vase, and similar objects from the Middle Ages, while its towers offer great views of Hvar Town and the neighboring Pakleni Islands
Traveling around the islands of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is simply a wonderful idea for a vacation. The transportation links here are excellent, and many rental services are also available should you require an added level of independence. The islands are also enjoyable year-round, though for beach-dwelling, the summer months prove the best time to go, as that is when the weather is at its hottest.