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Things to do in Hvar

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Harbour / Marina
“HVAR, the island of sunshine Hvar is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast, lying between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. Approximately 68 km (42.25 mi) long, with a high east-west ridge of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, the island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields in the agricultural areas. Hvar’s location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes has long made this island an important base for commanding trade up and down the Adriatic, across to Italy and throughout the wider Mediterranean. It has been inhabited since pre-historic times, originally by a Neolithic people whose distinctive pottery gave rise to the term Hvar culture, and later by the Illyrians. The ancient Greeks founded the colony of Pharos in 384 BC on the site of today’s Stari Grad, making it one of the oldest towns in Europe. They were also responsible for setting out the agricultural field divisions of the Stari Grad Plain, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In medieval times, Hvar (city) rose to importance within the Venetian Empire as a major naval base. Prosperity brought culture and the arts, with one of the first public theatres in Europe, nobles’ palaces and many fine communal buildings.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
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“The hill overlooking the town of Hvar is a magnificent viewpoint. From there, you can look down on the town itself, watch the comings and goings in the harbour, see the Pakleni islands and the sea beyond. On a clear day (which they mostly are), you can see right over to Vis. The benefits of such an ideal defensive position wasn’t missed by the early settlers of the island.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Built in the 16th century by a well-known family of stonemasons from Korčula. It's Renaissance cloister leads to a refectory containing lace, coins, nautical charts and valuable documents.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“A very nice restaurant that has been in Tripadvisor's top three for years and for a good reason. Great food and service but make sure to book in advance. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Popular beach bar.. definitive must go place.. full of nice people.. you can dance at Hula hula, you can excersise , surf, paddle boat.. or just enjoy in coctails and sunset.. Hula Hula is amazing beach bar..”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“Bar immersed in nature, with nice lounge music, perfect for relaxing alone or in company and the sunset is priceless! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Market
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Want to go crazy but with regular people and normal prices? You do not like stuck up elite that visits place like Carpe Diem? Then Kiva is place for you. Prepare for happy crowd, some pushing to get to bar - but if you are tipsy, you will just enjoy...”
  • 12 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The best Croatian multi-cultural isolated sunset island beach bar on Paklini islands, 500m south by boat (please drink and behave responsibly). Boats leave from Carpe Diem on main Riva (Marina)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“It´s a famous old castle in Stari Grad from the Croatian poet Petar Hektorovic (1487–1572)”
  • 16 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
“Tradiotional quisine with modern touch, lovely setting. Local vibe and tasty food, ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great restaurant in city center with great veriority of food. It high season you cannot make a reservation and it's very difficult to get a table.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Island
“The gorgeous Paklinski Islands are located just a short boat ride from Hvar, and are known for the most amazing beaches and hidden parts, as well as its vegetation and abundance of sea life.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Great restaurant in city center. The restaurant isn't to expensive and it has a great variety of food.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Excellent seafood, fresh fish, often mentioned as the best fish restaurant in Hvar, pricey.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Castle
“Fortica is medieval castle that dominates Hvar town. There is ticket to pay, you get to see dungeons, a display of antique roman amphora, cannons, souvenir shop, but most important - best view to Hvar town (beside Napoleon fortress that is much harder to get to)”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mediterranean Restaurant
“A very nice restaurant that has been in Tripadvisor's top three for years and for a good reason. Great food and service but make sure to book in advance. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The best Croatian multi-cultural isolated sunset island beach bar on Paklini islands, 500m south by boat (please drink and behave responsibly). Boats leave from Carpe Diem on main Riva (Marina)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
“Tradiotional quisine with modern touch, lovely setting. Local vibe and tasty food, ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great restaurant in city center with great veriority of food. It high season you cannot make a reservation and it's very difficult to get a table.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Great restaurant in city center. The restaurant isn't to expensive and it has a great variety of food.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Excellent seafood, fresh fish, often mentioned as the best fish restaurant in Hvar, pricey.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Large variety of food, from pizza, pasta, to typical Croatian dishes. The large portions of excellent food is served by friendly staff ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Must go lounge bar and restaurant..amazing food, coctails, vine.. in Blue Lagoon known as Palmizana.. the best chef works there ,, Bono Vox is eats”
  • 11 locals recommend

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