I’ve been looking forward to writing up about our visit to Hvar and reliving our holiday. We arrived late Saturday afternoon the first thing I thought as we walked through the port was; ‘I’m so lucky this is beautiful!’ I’m don’t suppose I’m overwhelmed with beauty that often, but there is no other word for it. I was excited for the two weeks to proceed…
Sv. Stjepana, the public square, Hvar’s centre and pulse. Not to mention our first impression of our new destination. Wow!! It is situated directly on the port, strewn with interesting bars, restaurants and cafes. Hvar is the largest city on the island and the main centre for tourism. Saying that I wouldn’t describe it as touristy, it maintains a natural feel and beauty. The natural stone of Sv. Stjepana (St Stephen’s Square) give a sense of authenticity making reference to it’s colourful history.
Sunsetting as we arrive at our humble abode. We decided to stay at the Amfora hotel, which I couldn’t fault, the staff were amazing, hugely helpful and very friendly. Something I am particularly interested in is that the tourism industry in Hvar was first inspired by wellness, travellers came to rest and recuperate amongst the scenery and climate; it particularly attracted those with respiratory disease! The first hotel was adapted in 1899 (it wasn’t purpose built) and it still runs and operates today it’s nick named The Palace and sits directly on the port. This hotel was dedicated to health tourism and even today their is certainly a health buzz in Hvar, a buzz I was more than happy to soak up.
During 2013 Hvar was voted one of the top ten destinations by Lonely Planets, and before that Conde Nast Traveller had ranked it very highly, Sophia’s travel nose thinks it’s waaay up there. Over the next few blogs I hope you can enjoy our best bits an appreciate the things we learnt first time round too.
Tips; Make sure to arrange your ferry crossing ahead of departure, it’s easy enough to do once your there but it may save you a couple of hours in transit to have it pre-booked. We spent the end of August beginning of September on Hvar, it was quite busy- that may work or not work for you. I would probably go slightly off peak next time round. Just a general note, travel from one island to the next is very easy and so we would probably island hop and explore a little bit more.