Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular holiday destinations and many visitors who arrive to Dubrovnik in the summer include the island on the list of interesting places to visit. Croatia’s sunniest island is primarily known as a hotspot for partygoers and it draws a huge international crowd each year with numerous concerts, festivals and other live events. Hvar is ideal for the social traveller, with countless cafes, bars and nightclubs to keep the party going all night. During the day, visitors can find respite on Pakleni Islands, a small limestone archipelago situated off the island’s southwest coast, which provides numerous quiet pebbly coves that are perfect for swimming, scuba diving, underwater fishing and other beach activities.
Hvar is a top destination for anyone looking to spend their days relaxing on a beach and nights discovering the most vibrant nightlife on the Adriatic coast. The Venetian architecture, old walls and fortresses, narrow streets and palm-fringed waterfront promenade of the town of Hvar offer something for everyone. However, they mostly draw a young crowd from all over the world looking to spend long days in one of the bays of Pakleni Islands, hang out in coffee shops and bars, enjoy the fantastic local food and have a cocktail at sunset to warm up for the long night ahead. The party season on the island lasts from June to September.
Other towns and villages on Hvar offer a dramatically different experience, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of the relaxed local lifestyle. Stari Grad, Jelsa, Vrboska and the villages in the pine and lavender-covered interior are perfect for a low-key getaway for anyone looking to catch their breath away from the crowds. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stari Grad Plain is a must-see, as its fascinating cultural landscape, more or less unchanged since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks in the 4th century BC, offers a unique insight into Greek architecture. The site is also a nature reserve and a popular destination for wine tasting trips. Tvrdalj Castle, a Renaissance building with a sea-water fish pool, a tower and a walled garden, is another popular attraction in one of Europe’s oldest towns.
Getting to Hvar from Dubrovnik
From April to October, there is a fast ferry running from Dubrovnik to Hvar and back every day. For a more scenic route and for visitors travelling out of season, there are also daily ferries connecting Dubrovnik and Split via the islands of Mljet, Korčula, Hvar and Brač. Another option is to take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split and then take a ferry to Hvar. The route from Dubrovnik to Split offers some of the most spectacular views in the whole Adriatic.
Accommodation in Dubrovnik
Visitors planning to spend their summer holidays exploring the natural and historic charms of the Dubrovnik Riviera can book their stay at Villas Srebreno. Situated in the scenic village of Srebreno near Dubrovnik, the Villas offer luxury accommodation in spacious 4-star apartments with captivating views of the Adriatic Sea or a beautiful Mediterranean park.
Travellers looking for 5-star accommodation near Dubrovnik will find spacious, exceptionally comfortable rooms and suites and an excellent service at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel. The luxury resort offers a range of amenities to guarantee a relaxing stay, including large indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant, piano bar, pool bar, fitness centre, tennis courts and a children’s playground. To ensure a memorable holiday, the hotel organizes day trips and sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik and the local attractions.