Island hopping in Croatia: Hvar

Often referred to as the Queen of the Dalmatian Islands for many reasons, Hvar, surely, does justice to its title. Its mild climate, fertile coastal plains, and the favorable location being a few of those reasons for which it gets that title, indeed, make it the most populated island in Croatia. Even though it is a small island it has forever been an important trade hub across the Adriatic as well as the Mediterranean.

We  all know that when a place becomes the center of trade, history is bound to take shape in its every nook and corner. Then culture thrives in its people, legends are born out of its very own soil, and its glory travels to the farthest corners of the world. 

In short, Hvar is precisely what I have just explained. This island with a pre-historic existence has witnessed history taking shape. Over a very long period in the glorious history of the world trade, this place had attracted the Greeks and the Venetians alike.

Centuries later, the business is good as usual. The island sells incredible amounts high-quality lavender, olives, and wine. Also, people from all over the world throng in here just to see how it became one of the most famous islands in the region.

Apart from the rich culture and the ancient history, Hvar is one of the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world and I had the good fortune of stepping foot here last year (2016) even if it was just for a couple of hours. 

We didn’t get to see a lavender field as most of them were hidden high up on the other side of the island and also didn’t get time to hike up to the Hvar Fortress guarding the island since the early 13th century. Instead, we decided to stroll around the seafront with innumerable yachts and ships. Then we went to explored the lavender selling stalls lined near the sea front and to lose ourselves in the labyrinthine alleys of the old town area. 

I have already written a series of posts about our trip to Croatia. But Hvar Island deserves a special post for stealing my heart. Undoubtedly, this pretty piece of heaven in the Adriatic sea is one of Croatia’s must visits.

This was the kind of place that tweaks your absurd dream of staying back in a beautiful place and never returning. But without much ado, I will let my photographs speak for what I have just blabbered. By the way, Hvar is the self-proclaimed sunniest place in Croatia as facts point out that this place receives about 2715 hours of sunlight a year. 

Photo Gallery:

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A piece of paradise by the sea

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Welcome to the sunniest Croatian island

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The Hvar Fortress seen from the old town square

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Houses that make you never want to leave

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Did I tell you, this place screams history???

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Ancient streets like this..


The summer siesta

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A glimpse of the old town area

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Pretty little shops

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Hvar is officially the ‘Lavender island’ of Croatia




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Lavender love

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Neat island life..


How to reach Hvar

The nearest major city to reach Hvar is Split but one can go from Dubrovnik as well. We camped in Split and took a speed boat day tour that included a couple of islands and also the most famous blue Cave. There are innumerable tour companies in Split that conduct such tours. 

The best way to go to Hvar from Split is by ferries operated by Jadrolinija. There are daily ferries from Split to Hvar and the journey time is 1 hour 40 minutes approximately.

This is also car ferry services (with other vehicles also allowed on board)

Getting around Hvar

The best way is to hire a car or a scooter or even a bicycle. 

Buses run between the towns of Hvar.


  • Ticket to Adventures March 1, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Looks so beautiful, thank you for sharing! I am seriously considering spending my summer holidays in Croatia.

    • Jutismita Hazarika March 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks a lot dear. Yes, you should go there as it is heavenly. And I am sure your photos would be a treat to the eyes. But I must warn you about the touristy crowd which I am sure is the case with almost every popular European country 🙂

  • AnaLuciaSilva February 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful =)

  • Ester February 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful place!


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