Hvar has always been a popular island destination. Among the list of its appeal includes its outstanding views, charm and attractions, including a wonderful array of traditional restaurants and buzzing bars. What’s more, it’s perfect for families, with plenty of activities to try.
Hvar is a charming town that stretches alongside a beautiful bay where yachts bob up and down with a slow tide. A small beach is located here if you fancy a respite and a perfect spot to admire the view.
You can easily lose track of time as you explore the stone-walled streets, popping in and out of shops, bakeries and a few fantastic places to eat. Away from the bay is the main square, which is not hard to miss considering it’s the largest in Dalmatia. Here, you will find the striking St Stephen’s Cathedral that shadows over the square. If you’re one for amazing architecture, this could be the place for you. What’s more, as you wander through Hvar Town as evening descends, you can hear the sound of the bells ringing which adds another dimension to this enchanting experience. The great thing about exploring Hvar Town is that the main square and the harbour are flat, making them suitable for strollers and young, adventurous children. Steep steps, however, will greet you in the back streets where many of the restaurants and bars are situated, so bear this in mind when visiting.
Behind Hvar Town, perched on the hill is Hvar Fortress, known locally as Španjola Fortress. To reach it, there is a 20-minute ascent up a series of steps from the old town, as well as a zigzag path. If the walk seems too much for your family, you can jump in a taxi that will take you up the road and drop you off outside.
Expect to pay a small entrance fee at the door but know that it is worth it when you look out over Hvar Town and over the Adriatic Sea to the Pakleni Islands. The kids will love nothing more than playing in the fortress and the prison inside, letting their imaginations run wild.
If you are staying in Hvar for a while, you may consider taking a trip over to those Pakleni Islands you spotted while at the fortress. Take a water taxi or boat excursion to this quaint chain of islands off the main town.
This attraction will depend on the time of year you visit. However, if you time it right, you will be able to visit the magnificent lavender fields. The best time to visit is in June and July where, due to the climate and sunshine, they will be in full bloom. A sweet scent of lavender will await you, and it’s the perfect way to unwind after busy, jam-packed excursions.
Of course, when you’re in Croatia, you’ll have to take a dip in the sea. There are plenty of small beaches dotted around Hvar to try. Some, however, can be rocky, so it’s advisable to take little sea boots to avoid any accidents. Alternatively, plan ahead to make sure you visit the best beach suitable for your family. Once in the sea, you will see why people fall in love with Croatia and the Adriatic Sea that hugs it. This crystal water is absolutely clear, which means you can easily see the sea life that you’re sharing a swim with!
If a holiday with swimming and relaxing is top on the agenda, why not take a look at Hvar holiday villas with pools? That way, even when you leave the beach, you will have your own private pool to dip into – each one with space around to socialise and relax. The kids will also love being able to splash around at home while they wait to go out for the day! Take a look at our portfolio today to book your perfect escape.