Croatia boasts over 1000 islands dotted along its extensive coastline, giving the region its name, the Dalmatian Coast. Nevermind that most of these islands are uninhabited, they’re still a major asset of Croatia’s natural beauty. So when you do come to Croatia, you absolutely must find time to visit at least one of them! From Split, the most popular to visit is Hvar Island. The ferry ride over will take you on a cruise through the Adriatic Sea for an hour and place you right in the middle of the action in the harbor in Hvar town. You can visit the island for just a day trip, but there’s also plenty of options for staying on the island to explore more extensively over a couple of days. Either way, I would recommend booking ahead for both the ferry and your hotel, since Hvar Island is a popular port.
Once you’re on Hvar Island, take your time to mosey around the historic old town and explore its cobblestoned back alleys. Enjoy breakfast at Kalavanda, where you have a more sophisticated menu than most of the cafes in the square will offer. Go shopping in the many artisan shops and galleries, including some talented jewelers in Tanya Cunin Shop and Coral Shop. Then put your leg muscles to the test and walk up the hill to reach the fortress (takes about 30 minutes at a leisurely pace), where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the port, the nearby islands, and the sea. It’s totally worth the effort. You can enter the fortress for 30kuna but the views from its base are just as lovely. Back down at sea level, you’ll need to refuel, so indulge in the café culture that’s pervasive throughout Croatia and sit for lunch while watching the foot traffic go by. After lunch you will also be able to enjoy walking along the waterfront walkway that extends in either direction past the port.
For those of you who don’t face the motorized transit challenges that I do, I would recommend renting a scooter to go explore around the whole island. There’s a lot to see beyond the old town, like extensive fields of lavender! You’ll also notice that the boating scene is much more prominent out here so you have plenty of opportunity to do a boat rental or a cruise around the islands. These usually take up most of the day and should be booked in advance.
There are so many things to do and ways to enjoy Hvar Island, I hope you enjoy this perfect little day trip from Split!
This outfit is entirely Croatian! I saw this beautiful olive green dress on display at a boutique store and just had to go in to try it on. Well I ended up coming out with the dress in hand, as well as these tan strappy sandals and matching cross body bag. Here are some styles that are similar and that I also love!
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