The Island of Hvar lays claim to be the sunniest island in Croatia, with 2724 hours of sun per year, so it’s no wonder it’s one of Croatia’s most popular holiday spots.
Hvar Town is the island’s largest town and most glamorous destination with its super yacht marina, fine dining restaurants and chic boutiques. For all it’s modern glamour the town still has many typical Venetian characteristics within its 13th Century walls, and its main square is one of the oldest in Dalmatia.
The rest of the island is much quieter and it’s not hard to find a secluded rocky cove. The town of Stari Grad is a great base for a more subdued stay with a very nice bay and even a UNESCO World Heritage site of it’s own, Stari Grad Plain-an ancient Greek agricultural settlement that is perfect for exploring by bike.
The island’s interior is full of abandoned villages and craggy peaks and in the summer turns a heady shade of purple with fields upon fields of aromatic lavender.