Hvar Island Tourist Guide: Everything You Need to Know for a Perfect Holiday in the Croatian Madeira
Hvar island has a special place among Croatian islands.It has been nominated for years among the world’s 10 top attractive islands mainly for its mild climate and hospitable people.
I have a special feelings with this island. My parents are born on the island (Stari Grad) and here I spent the best years of my youth.
Besides the fact of being the sunniest island with crystal clean sea, beautiful beaches, good food and wine, unspoiled environment with lavender scents everywhere, I am sure Hvar will satisfy the most demanding travelers.
Sometimes travelers wrongly identify the island with the same name Hvar town, but island hides some urban settlements worth visiting, like Stari Grad (Old town), the oldest island’s village or Jelsa, Vrboska (called a Little Venice) or Sucuraj, the easternmost settlement.
Crystal blue sea, marvelous bays, sandy and pebble beaches, mild climate, lush vegetation, vineyards, olive groves, endless fields of lavender, Mediterranean cuisine, historical and cultural sights, all this make the Island Hvar, undoubtedly, the most attractive destination
It’s hard to find anything missing to an island but Hvar has all you need to make you return again and again.
Hvar Island Map
In Zadar county there is a Dugi Otok (Long Island), but Hvar is the longest island along the Adriatic coast. It’s 50,95 miles (80,46 km) long.
Looking at the above map, you’ll notice the main road from Sucuraj to Hvar town about 77 km long, 60 km to Stari Grad or 50 km to Jelsa.
The road between Sucuraj and Hvar town is rather narrow and if you are coming from Makarska, don’t forget to fill up your car tank before you use the ferry connection, as the first fuel station on the island is in Jelsa, 50 km away.
What’s the weather like?
With almost 2800 hours of sunshine during the year, Hvar island is definitely the sunniest and warmest island. The island has mild winters, warm summers and high number of sunny days which allows bathing from May to October, and for the brave ones, even more.
The average annual temperature is about 16.5 C, with warmer autumns and springs, which extends the length of the vegetation. In January the approximate temperature is about 8,5 C (47,3 F).
Don’t be surprised to see offers like – from May to October, we offer 50% discount to accommodation prices on days when it rains over three hours! Some hotels during the winter offers 100 % discount if it snows!
Perhaps it will help to know:
How to get to Hvar Island: Getting to Hvar island can be very stressful if you are traveling in the high season. Just follow my advices to facilitate that your holiday does not end before beginning by checking out the complete article here.
Best beaches around Hvar Island: Hvar island beaches are mostly rocky and pebble scattered in numerous bays, inlets and on smaller islands along the northern and southern island’s coastal line. Check out my complete guide to the best beaches here.
Top things to see and do: Tourist attractions on Hvar island are also numerous cultural and historical monuments, churches, town squares, local parks, caves, fortresses as a testimony of its glorious past. Read more here.