Hvar is one of the most well-known islands in Croatia and the holiday destination of choice for many who visit this beautiful country. Thanks to the warm winters and pleasant summers that come with the Croatian climate, the island appeals to visitors all year round, many of whom travel from far and wide to experience the Mediterranean nature, rich tradition, historical architecture and buzzing nightlife. There are so many things to see and do on this fascinating island, it can sometimes be difficult to fit everything in, particularly if you are only staying in our luxury holiday villas in Croatia for the weekend. We’ve created the perfect itinerary for those spending two days in Hvar so that you can make the most of your time there.
Whether you’re flying into Dubrovnik, Split or Brac, you’ll need to take public transport or hire a car to reach your final destination of Hvar by ferry. Upon arrival, settle into your home away from home and anyone staying in a villa with a pool may fancy a refreshing dip after travelling. Once you have settled in, head out for a walk to get your bearings on the local area and find a nice restaurant nearby that serves a range of fine Croatian cuisine. Keep the Croatian wine to a minimum – be careful as they like to keep glasses topped up – and retire to your luxurious villa for an early night ahead of an action-packed weekend.
Wake up early and grab breakfast al-fresco style at one of the many local cafes. Then, head to the main port of Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia where the Greeks settled from 384BC. Explore finds from the time including remnants of stonework, ceramics and coins at the Stari Grad Museum, where you can learn all about the fascinating history of Hvar. Continue to indulge on all things cultural with a trip to the Tvrdalj, built by Renaissance poet Petar Hektorović as protection from the Turks. The impressive building played an integral role in Hvar’s diverse history and the inscriptions around the building read ‘Remember that neither riches nor fame, beauty nor age, can save you from death.’
After a morning of culture, hike 45 minutes east of Hvar town towards Milna, where you can spend the afternoon on the crystal-clean, white-stoned Mekićevica Bay. Be warned, this spot is often frequented by naturists although this is by no means a requirement. Order whatever has been caught that day from the restaurant and continue to enjoy the sunshine until the waiter calls you in for lunch. After a lazy afternoon relaxing on the beach with your holiday book, take the walk back to Hvar and your villa where you can get ready for evening activities. Once showered and ready, head to Hula Hula Hvar for some sunset cocktails and perhaps even a dance if you feel so inclined. Opt for a later dinner at one of the many fine restaurants and let the Croatian wine flow freely – so much to try with so little time!
Those with a sore head may enjoy a slightly later start to the day, although there’s still so much to see and do! Head back down to the harbour for today you will set sail on a one-day boat trip around the breath-taking Pakleni Islands. Remember swimming stuff and sun cream, for this trip involves swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear waters as you explore secluded and untouched coves. Lunch is provided by a five-star hotel and taken on board whilst sailing so that you can make the most of your time out on the water. This is a fantastic way to see Hvar and the surrounding islands from a different perspective and the knowledgeable local staff members will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on board.
After returning to the port for 3pm, there’s still time to explore anything else you wanted to see on the island, perhaps The Arsenal or anything else that has been recommended to you. If all boxes are ticked, we recommend simply wondering round the centre of Hvar town, exploring the local shops and market stalls and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Head back to your villa to get ready for the final night and choose somewhere special for dinner in celebration of your holiday. Those without an early flight may wish to sample some of Hvar’s world-famous nightlife and party into the early hours whilst others may opt for retiring to the villa for a romantic midnight swim.
Whether you’re there with a partner, family or by yourself, there’s so much to see and do in Hvar, and this is just a taste of what you can get up to during your time there. Those who are staying on the island for slightly longer can check out our recent blog post, 7 days on Hvar Island,for more inspiration.
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