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7 Tips for Living in Hvar

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Hvar or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Hvar or thinking about moving there.

Living the Expat Life in Hvar: 7 Essential Tips

Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich history, Hvar, Croatia, is a dream destination for many expats and digital nomads. However, living in a foreign country can be a challenging experience, especially if you're not familiar with the local customs and lifestyle. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate your new life in Hvar, Croatia.

1. Learn the Local Language

While many Croatians speak English, especially in tourist areas, learning the local language can greatly enhance your experience. It shows respect for the local culture and can open doors to deeper connections with the locals. Plus, it can be a fun and rewarding challenge! There are many language schools and online resources available to help you learn Croatian.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Hvar is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its unique charm. Stari Grad, the old town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with historic buildings and narrow, winding streets. Jelsa is known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, while Vrboska is a picturesque fishing village. Spend time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Croatian cuisine is a delightful blend of Mediterranean and Central European flavors. Seafood is a staple in Hvar, given its location on the Adriatic Sea. Be sure to try local specialties like gregada (a fish stew) and pršut (Croatian prosciutto). Some of the best restaurants in Hvar include Dalmatino, known for its seafood dishes, and Konoba Menego, which offers traditional Croatian cuisine.

4. Embrace the Outdoor Lifestyle

With its sunny climate and stunning natural beauty, Hvar is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, or water sports, there's always something to do. Don't miss the chance to visit the Pakleni Islands, a group of small islands off the coast of Hvar, known for their crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches.

5. Understand the Cost of Living

While Croatia is generally more affordable than many Western European countries, Hvar is one of the more expensive places to live due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Be prepared for higher prices, especially during the summer season. However, by living like a local and avoiding tourist traps, you can keep your expenses manageable.

6. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new place is to get involved in the local community. This could be through volunteering, joining a club or organization, or participating in local events. It's a great way to meet people, learn more about the local culture, and make a positive contribution to your new home.

7. Respect the Local Customs and Traditions

Croatians are proud of their heritage and traditions, and showing respect for these can go a long way in helping you integrate into the local community. This includes understanding local etiquette, such as greeting people properly, dressing appropriately, and observing quiet hours. It's also important to respect the natural environment by not littering and adhering to local regulations when visiting natural parks and other protected areas.

Living in Hvar, Croatia, can be an enriching and exciting experience. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful island paradise. Whether you're drawn to its historic charm, outdoor adventures, or vibrant social scene, Hvar has something to offer every expat and digital nomad.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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