Hvar is a small island that packs a big punch. It was the next stop on my trip across Croatia, absolute blast and I fell for it so hard I will be making my third return trip there. Here is why:
If you are doing Yacht week, do it in Croatia. You get to island hop across some of the most amazing islands in the Croatian archipelago. It’s cheap, everything is clean, the water is so clear I am not sure I will be able to take a bath in London water, let alone drink it. Music, fun, sun, historic sights, Ultra festival… I am gonna zip it now, and let you check hit this up on Google/the Yacht Week website.
HULA HULA BEACH BAR
The place to go in the afternoon for some sun, which turns into a beach party and a beach bar in the evening. Live DJs, sun, fun, party, party, bikini, beach, yacht. Check it here.
Dust off your dancing shoes (or flip-flops; whatever floats your yacht), and head over to Carpe Diem for the night. It’s a bar in the main marina, and come 2am the entire of Hvar nightlife gets put on boats and shipped off to the Carpe Diem island, where you can dance till dawn (or quit while you’re ahead before 1 am and take the boat back to Hvar, boats come every 5-10 minutes). Stay, lie on the beach, swim in the pool, swim in the sea, chill in the lounge, and meet the sunrise riding the waves back to Hvar town and stroll along the main square back home with a local snack. That last one is a must. Getting your 6am pizza slice is like claiming your medal after a marathon.
If you love a good view or want to give your sunburn/liver a break, take a hike up the hill to the 16th century fortress. It’s got some canons, amazing backdrops for a selfie and the most stunning sunset views across the archipelago. Watch the sun kiss the waves and paint everything bright pink. The sun sets at about 7:30 in the summer. Get there for 7, and leave a good amount of time for the walk there. It’s a good 45 minutes from Hula Hula, unless you are doing this as part of your evening HIIT (high intensity interval training) run…
Yes there are stairs. Yes there are many stairs. But the little town is well worth the climbing expedition. Walk around all the side streets and spend the evening having dinner or drinks in one of the many cafes and restaurants in the town. KaLavanda, just off the main square, is my fave. Lavanda meaning lavender, and boy do these guys have a thing for lavender! I think it might be a national treasure. Just check this and this out. It was legibly playing the national Croatian music channel…The The streets of Hvar and Split are covered in it and I think I brought enough home to make my place uninhabitable not only to moths but also to humans… I am not gonna go on. Check out the pics in this post. Check out the pics in the next post. Enjoy Hvar!