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Mini Pearl Hvar  Croatia
Partying on Hvar Hvar  Croatia
Hvala Hvala Hvar  Croatia
An island worth getting back to-HVAR Hvar  Croatia
Island hopping in Croatia Hvar  Croatia
Last Light Hvar  Croatia
Vlaka, Clearly Hvar  Croatia
Hvar Island and Pakleni Islands Hvar  Croatia
Eastern Tip of Hvar Island, Croatia Hvar  Croatia
Visit the enchanting, aromatic island of Hvar Hvar  Croatia
Cycle the hills of Hvar (earn your beach cocktail) Hvar  Croatia
On the Road in Hvar Hvar  Croatia
The Adriatic Sea on Hvar Hvar  Croatia
Exploring Hvar's Hidden Beaches by Vespa Hvar  Croatia
Sightseeing on Wheels Hvar  Croatia
Exploring Croatia on a Gulet with Friends Hvar  Croatia
Mini Pearl Hvar  Croatia
Partying on Hvar Hvar  Croatia
Hvala Hvala Hvar  Croatia
An island worth getting back to-HVAR Hvar  Croatia
Island hopping in Croatia Hvar  Croatia
Last Light Hvar  Croatia
Vlaka, Clearly Hvar  Croatia
Hvar Island and Pakleni Islands Hvar  Croatia
Eastern Tip of Hvar Island, Croatia Hvar  Croatia
Visit the enchanting, aromatic island of Hvar Hvar  Croatia
Cycle the hills of Hvar (earn your beach cocktail) Hvar  Croatia
On the Road in Hvar Hvar  Croatia
The Adriatic Sea on Hvar Hvar  Croatia
Exploring Hvar's Hidden Beaches by Vespa Hvar  Croatia
Sightseeing on Wheels Hvar  Croatia
Exploring Croatia on a Gulet with Friends Hvar  Croatia
Mini Pearl
If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic then Hvar Town is Mini Pearl. It has everything to offer that Dubrovnik has but on a far smaller scale. Hvar Town is a picturesque little town located on the southwestern coast of Hvar Island. The heart of the town is the Pjaca (Piazza). At one end is the town's cathedral, at the other end is the bay and all around are shops, art galleries and plenty of restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating to soak in the wonderful weather. There’s even a small park, near the Pjaca that has bench seating that you can plop yourself down on and catch views of the bay and the sea beyond. We took the catamaran ferry from Split to Stari Grad which is located on the northern end of Hvar Island. Ferries are also available directly to Hvar Town. Information on the ferry service can be found at http://www.jadrolinija.hr/default.aspx?lang=2. From Split, it’s a two hour ferry ride. From Stari Grad, there’s a bus that goes to Hvar Town. The thirty minute bus ride from Stari Grad to Hvar Town passes through the scenic hillsides of Hvar Island with the sparkling turquoise colored waters of the Adriatic Sea providing the backdrop.

Partying on Hvar
Hvar island is a surefire spot to get your groove on. Fun is round the clock here—you'll find sunset beach parties, full-moon revelries, and bass-infused beach bashes. Don’t miss designer cocktails at Carpe Diem, a seafront bar that placed Hvar firmly on the world’s party map. DJs spin fresh tunes and a party-happy crowd dances inside palace arches. For serious nighttime fun, the sound of deep house, and star-splattered skies, take a boat to Carpe Diem Beach in the secluded Stipanska Bay on Pakleni Otoci, an archipelago of islets just offshore. Book a sun bed at Hula-Hula Hvar for front-row seats to the sunset, with an iced bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a soundtrack of lounge-y tunes.

Hvala Hvala
The most legendary Croatian party island is Hvar. Little touched (or troubled it seems) by past history, Hvar is one of the few places in the world where you can order breakfast cocktails and then not move until midnight.

The town’s buzz was nearly palpable with a cacophony of calls from the marketplace. “You English, You English” beckoned this smiling mouth with the gold teeth, her hands dangling a lace creation. After the customary exchange, it was Hvala, Hvala (thanks) then off to her next customer.

An island worth getting back to-HVAR
We absolutely loved HVAR where we travelled with a couple of teenagers that can be hard to please. it was a win win island for all of us. Easy to find some action at the local beach clubs, or hula hula beach bar, but walk around the island from town and you will find serenity and a quiet place to swim and chill. The medieval city of HVAR is quaint and incredibly well preserved with lovely sites and great restaurants. Can't wait to come back and stay a bit longer next time!

Island hopping in Croatia
Croatia is absolutely gorgeous on land and from sea. But with so many islands to explore being on a boat is a great way to experience its coast.
We hired a wonderful captain for a few day trips, and made our way from HVAR down to Dubrovnik...we definitely preferred this to being in a car.

Vlaka, Clearly
I did not take this picture because I thought it made my legs look fabulous. I took it because I could not believe how perfectly clear the water was. It was cool, refreshing and hidden. I was standing in Vlaka cove, on the tiny island of Sv. Klement, Croatia. Saint Klement, as it is also known, is a short boat ride from the island of Hvar. Hvar is chic, buzzing with restaurants, clubs and beautiful people. On a July afternoon, my husband and I hired a local boatman to ferry us over to Saint Klement in search of an oasis of quiet and simplicity. After being dropped at the rocky shoreline (no dock), we scrambled up the hillside and noticed a wooden sign nailed to a tree with the words “Dionis restorau” in faded blue paint at the beginning of a stony trail. We climbed the path for five minutes through low scrubby brush and came upon some tables and chairs under an awning, where grilled food was served by the lone waiter/cook from an open air kitchen. We were the only guests. We enjoyed a delicious grilled fish, eggplant and cold beer lunch, and then ambled for fifteen minutes down to the other side of the islet for a nap and a dip in the water. Nobody was there but the two of us. And, by the looks of the clean, clean water, not too many people had been there before us either.

Last Light
You know the feeling.
As the sun sets and closes the door on a beautiful, relaxing day, you secretly say to yourself "Sun, don't go...just stay a little while longer". That was this moment. Spent snorkeling in the cove, watching people on their yachts, boys competing in an impromptu stone-skipping contest (which I'd take a gander is a regular event around here). You can't help but want to stay forever.

Hvar Island and Pakleni Islands
Hvar Island was one of the ports a call in a recent cruise I took. Hvar is very picturesque and charming. They grow lavender on the island so if you are a lavender lover like I am you will be in heaven. They sell all different kinds of lavender products all along the port. There is even a picking lavender tour for those interested. I was not able to go as I decided to take a tour of the Pakleni islands (you can rent a boat at port). Have lunch at Palmizana beach and then you can take a dip in the beach or a nap before heading back to Hvar.

Eastern Tip of Hvar Island, Croatia
A 30-car ferry travels between Drvenik, on the mainland of Croatia, to the beautiful island of Hvar, followed by a one hour drive then length of the island to Hvar Town, at the opposite end.

Visit the enchanting, aromatic island of Hvar
Explore every nook of this charming island and breathe in the smells of fresh lavender, rosemary, capers, pomegranates, chamomile, and more! Take a water taxi or ferry from Brac or Korcula.

Cycle the hills of Hvar (earn your beach cocktail)
After several days on the Hvar beaches, my boyfriend and I decided a little exercise was necessary if we were to continue in such an over-indulgent vein.

The hills are hard work, especially if, like us, you borrowed bikes from your hostel and your footwear choice stretched from flip flops to flip flops. The view from the top is absolutely stunning, and there is some room by the side of the road for a picnic or a drink.

The ride down is a little hairy (some of the bends are quite sharp and the cobbles don't make it any easier) but there aren't too many cars so you can release the brakes a bit and enjoy the breeze in the heat.

Once at sea level again, I would recommend pushing the bikes around the sea promenade as far as you can go. This is not only a peaceful spot with beautiful views - there is an idyllic bar (the name of which I can't remember) serving a short menu of food and drinks at Hvar cheap prices served as you lounge on bean bags overlooking the ocean - you'll have deserved it by then.

The exact route we took - head east on S. Buzolic Tome, then left onto Domovinskog rata, continuing on the D116. After 2km turn left toward Ul. Biskupa Jurja Dubokovica and then turn onto that road. After just over 1km turn right onto Pavla Rossa then follow the road down to the sea.

On the Road in Hvar
The islands of Croatia are no longer dots steadily connecting visitors to a trail off the beaten path. But if you come in mid-autumn, when Hvar has lost its summer crowds and the sun still shines warm on its coast, you’ll find an island seemingly undiscovered. Rent Vespas in town, otherwise known as the small cluster of storefronts on the harbor, and putt-putt along the Adriatic before ascending into the mountains. Traffic will be almost nonexistent on the two-lane highway, but a lack of guardrails on the curving hills will keep you from speeding. Rush past open expanses of greenery, and watch as the turquoise water blurs between trees. Stone homes will occasionally come into view, but you’ll mostly be on your own.

The Adriatic Sea on Hvar
The color of the water was just so beautiful!

Exploring Hvar's Hidden Beaches by Vespa
We arrived at the Port of Hvar, Croatia by ferry, about an hour ride from Split. Near the center of town, we found a man who rented us a couple vespas for 50 Euros a day. He also gave us a simple map, which we used to hop on the main highway heading towards the opposite side of island.
The drive took us through olive groves and vineyards, up and down the mountains along the coast. We didn't know exactly where we were going, so we ended up just following any road that looked like it led to the ocean.
We landed at Dubovica first, parking our vespas on the side of the highway and following a dirt path for about ten minutes down a hillside. It spit us out on a secluded, empty beach with crystal clear water. After spending a couple hours swimming in the salty cove and lying in the sun, we climbed back up the hill, hopped on our vespas, and continued on down the road.
The next exit we came across led us to Milna. The beach was a little more exposed, and speckled with sunbathers, so we walked into town in search of food. There were only a few restaurants, and we ended up at Kod Barba Bozjeg. The food was inexpensive, but the portions were generous and delicious. Their patio overlooked the water, and we watched the sun set while eating big greek salads, steak, seafood, and beer.
We headed back to town as the last rays of light stretched out across the sea, returned our vespas, and considered it a day well spent.

Sightseeing on Wheels
Cycling along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, I was able to explore the area from the inside out, fully immersing myself in the surroundings. I got drenched in the rain. I sweated up the hills in the scorching sun. When I got tired, I stopped for a dip in the aquamarine coves along the coast. I rode on dirt roads through olive groves and vineyards, pausing along the way to feast on grapes and figs. I passed whitewashed limestone villages and stopped for lunch at small, off-the-beaten-path restaurants, some of which seemed like they had not changed since Tito’s time. And after a full day on the road, when I felt blissfully tired and high on the exercise, I got to explore the main tourist attractions in town.

Exploring Croatia on a Gulet with Friends
Sailing holidays are a fantastic and memorable experience where you will relax and have fun away from the noisy cities.My previous experience at the see was even more fun when we rented a gulet to celebrate the 5th wedding anniversary with my family and 3 friends at the Croatian coast. The booking was done in advance online by a gulet charter in Croatia, 2 months prior the actual day. The gulet could only accommodate 6 people allowing us to enjoy our privacy unlike in big cruise ships

Celebrating our anniversary in Croatia was motivated by the great and ancient tourist attractions including archaeological sites.The three day holiday started on a Saturday at the Croatia Coastline. The breathtaking quiet and stylish villages and nature was a good way to start our journey. The gulet cruise took us to various towns in including Hvar, Gocek and Gokova Bay, Split as well as Dubrovnik. The captain would stop once in a while at the various beaches for us to enjoy fishing, kayaking swimming and even sunbathe at the foredeck of the gulet. The visit to various islands including Brac,Kornati and Korcula was just spectacular.We wound up our holiday by visiting the Krka waterfalls to capture the beautiful scenery nature has to offer.Taking a gulet was a luxurious way to celebrate the anniversary and the experience was made unforgettable by the delicious meals prepared by the crew.

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