Why choose a cruise to Hvar?
There’s never a dull moment on a Hvar cruise, for this stunning island has plenty of places to explore. Get lost in the winding alleyways and red-roofed houses of the old town, Stari Grad, or enjoy the high life in the glamorous resort of Hvar.
Hvar is rich in natural beauty, the coastline dotted with beautiful beaches. Inland you’ll encounter craggy forested mountains, crumbling villages and vibrant-purple lavender fields.
A guide to Hvar’s hotspots
Hvar Town is a picturesque, upmarket resort where you can relax in luxurious surroundings enclosed in ancient town walls. Wander past the glitzy yachts bobbing in the marina, visit an upmarket boutique on one of the pedestrianised marble streets or enjoy an al-fresco dinner in the picturesque main square.
There are so many beaches to choose from on Hvar. Dubovica, a short drive from Hvar Town, is one of the most beautiful in Croatia. This small, white-pebbled cove is tucked into craggy limestone cliffs and lapped by pristine turquoise waters. A stone house, once a nobleman’s residence, is located to the side of the bay.
Stari Grad is an unmissable destination on a Hvar cruise, and the perfect place for a relaxing swim or a meal. It lies on either side of a long narrow bay, with brightly coloured houses lining the waterfront. Among the elegant stone houses of the old quarter you’ll find Tvrdalj Castle, a picturesque Renaissance building.
Jelsa is another beautiful town in Hvar. It’s surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and is renowned for wine and olive oil. Visit the cask-filled cellar of the Duboković family for a sensational tasting experience. Near Jelsa you’ll find picturesque Grebišće Beach, one of the few sandy bays on the island, surrounded by pine forests.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Hvar
The best time to visit Hvar
The sun-kissed shores of Hvar are beautiful year-round, but to make the most of the sunshine we suggest visiting in July or August, when the temperature averages 25°C and the mercury often soars to the high 20s.
We also recommend a visit in May or June, which is still shorts-and-T-shirt weather. In May, temperatures average a balmy 18°C, while June has seen highs of 28°C. There are some fascinating cultural festivals around this time, including the annual lavender festival – the island’s most aromatic celebration.
Did you know?
- Condé Nast Traveller has rated Hvar as one of the world’s most beautiful islands
- Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe
- Hvar is one of the sunniest spots in Croatia
- Intricate lace is a speciality here – it’s woven by nuns using locally picked agave leaves