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The Essential Guide to Hvar

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Exploring the Best of Hvar: Your Guide to Top Sites, Restaurants, Nightlife, and More. From Cultural Experiences to Outdoor Adventures, We'll Help You Make the Most of Your Time in the City.

Welcome to Hvar! If you're planning to move to Hvar, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Hvar has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Hvar.

Hvar, is a stunning island in the Adriatic Sea, known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and vibrant nightlife. One of the most iconic landmarks in Hvar is the Hvar Fortress, a hilltop fortress offering panoramic views of the city and the sea. The fortress is a testament to Hvar's rich history, dating back to the 16th century. Another must-visit site is the St. Stephen's Square, the largest square in Dalmatia, surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings. The square is home to the 17th-century St. Stephen's Cathedral, a beautiful structure with a bell tower that dominates the city's skyline.

For those interested in history and culture, the Franciscan Monastery and Museum is a must-visit. The monastery houses a collection of ancient artifacts, including old coins, lacework, and a 16th-century painting of The Last Supper. The Hvar Public Theatre, one of the oldest public theatres in Europe, is another cultural gem. Nature lovers should not miss the Pakleni Islands, a group of stunning, forested islets with crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Hvar's restaurant scene is as diverse as its landscape, offering everything from traditional Croatian cuisine to international dishes. One of the most popular restaurants is Dalmatino, known for its local dishes like Peka, a slow-cooked meat or seafood dish under a bell-like dome. Another favorite is Macondo, which serves fresh seafood in a charming, rustic setting. For a more upscale dining experience, Divino offers stunning views of the Pakleni Islands and a menu featuring Mediterranean and international cuisine.

The nightlife in Hvar is vibrant and energetic, with a range of bars and clubs to suit all tastes. Carpe Diem is perhaps the most famous, a beach club by day and a nightclub by night, attracting a young, lively crowd. Hula Hula Beach Bar is another popular spot, known for its sunset parties and DJ sets. For a more relaxed evening, head to the Jazz Bar, a cozy spot with live music and a wide selection of wines.

Recreational activities in Hvar are plentiful, with the island's natural beauty providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits. Water sports are popular, with many visitors enjoying sailing, kayaking, and diving. Hvar Adventure offers guided tours and equipment rental for these activities. For those who prefer land-based activities, hiking and cycling are great ways to explore the island's interior. The Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a popular spot for these activities, with its ancient stone walls and trims.

Wine tours are another popular activity in Hvar, with the island known for its excellent local wines. Tomic Winery offers tours and tastings, providing insight into the island's winemaking history. For a more relaxing activity, many visitors enjoy spending the day at one of Hvar's beautiful beaches, such as Dubovica Beach or Milna Beach, both known for their clear waters and stunning surroundings.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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