USEFUL INFORMATION

HOW TO REACH HVAR

Regardless of what transportation means you use to come with to Hvar, undoubtedly you will experience a sea journey to island Hvar. When you see Hvar and start to enjoy in its benefits you will know that your journey has paid off.

You can obtain mostly all information with your agent in City of Hvar, or any tour operator and at hotel receptions, or private accommodation owner.

BY BOAT

Hvar is connected with mainland by boat lines:

  • Split - Stari Grad; Drvenik - Sućuraj; Split - Hvar
  • Fastboat connection: Split - Hvar/Hvar - Split, regularly
  • Ferry connection: Split - Hvar/Hvar - Split, daily
  • Ferry connection: Split - Stari Grad/Stari Grad - Split, daily, regularly
  • Ferry connection: Drvenik - Sućuraj/Sućuraj - Drvenik, daily, regularly

In the summer ferry connections with islands are intensified, and there are hydro-boats also. summer schedule is valid from 31st of May to 28th of September.

Hvar is connected through the port in Stari Grad, and also by all-coast ferry connection Rijeka-Zadar-Split-Stari Grad-Korčula-Dubrovnik-Bari (three times a week), and by international fast boat connection Pescara-Stari Grad- Split (daily), and by international ferry connection Ancona-Stari Grad-Split-Korčula (twice a week).

Jadrolinija is the main boat operator and has all main ferry and boat lines in Croatia. Information on boat schedules and ticket prices can be found on www.jadrolinija.hr

BY PLANE

Split airport is closest to Hvar (www.split-airport.hr) There is an organised bus transportation to Split harbour. There ask in Jadrolinija offices (www.jadrolinija.hr) ask about regular connection to Hvar.

If there is not direct flight from your destination, then you can fly via Zagreb (www.zagreb-airport.hr) which well connected with Split.

Airport - Zagreb

10150 Zagreb
Pleso bb, p.p. 40
tel: + 385 (0)1 45 62 222, + 385 (0)1 62 65 222
fax: + 385 (0)1 / 45 62 033, + 385 (0)1 45 62 297
www.zagreb-airport.hr

Airport - Split

21120 Split
Kaštelanska cesta 96, p.p. 2
tel: + 385 021 / 203 555
www.split-airport.hr

Airport Brač

tel: + 385 (0)21 648 626, - 385 (0)21 648 606
www.airport-brac.hr

BY CAR

There are two ferry ports on the island of Hvar; Stari Grad and Sućuraj. Stari Grad port is connected to Split and it is closer to Hvar (20 km) and drive to Hvar lasts about 10 minutes. The port in Sućuraj is connected to Drvenik on the mainland and it is further from Hvar as it is on the other side of the island, although this connection saves time to tourists coming from Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, etc.
Town parking lot is situated by the bus station. Hotel guests have parking organised by the hotels that they staying in.
Petrol station for cars and boats is in Križna street, working hours 7:30-19:30, tel.: (021) 741 060.
All information about ferry schedules can be obtained on: (www.jadrolinija.hr)

 

Other information:

Hrvatski autoklub: www.hak.hr

NIGHT LIFE IN HVAR

Hvar Island nightlife revolves around exciting Hvar Town which has become the town that never sleeps - at least not from June to September. You have your choice of venues and, if you get bored or if you prefer a bit crowdless, there is Jelsa (bars and restaurants).

Stari Grad and Vrboska, are more quiet places, as well as the rest of the places on the Island.

Summer night life in town Hvar is one of „the richest on the Adriatic“. Town has a special flair and there is always something going on. Parties last all night long, and guests can visit numerous events, restaurants, taverns, pubs, clubs etc.

 

GASTRONOMY

Good food (spiza, as locals refer to it) is an avoidable part of Hvar's tradition. A healthy, light, mostly cooked food (mainly fish), seasoned with home-made olive-oil and a pinch of herbs that grow everywhere around, accompanied by a glass of good wine, is a reason why people of Hvar live long and look so vigorous.

 

 

THE BEACHES IN HVAR ISLAND

The beaches in Island of Hvar are generally rocky - pebble, situated in bays, surrounded by pine forests. There are also several natural sandy beaches, mostly on the north side of the island due to fact that north winds ("bura") and sea waves are stronger then south waves and wind ("jugo"). Pebbles in pebble beaches are also mostly smaller in the bays on the north side beaches, and therefore more suitable for children. The shallow sandy beaches in deep bays can be found near Jelsa, in bay "Mlaska" near Sucuraj on the north side, and exceptionally on the south side of the island in beach "Cesminica" in Sucuraj.

But wherever you go you may be sure you will find perfectly transparent, clean unpolluted sea !

ISLAND HVAR CLIMATE

The island is characterized by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine, which allows bathing from May to November, and for the braver even longer. Gentle and moist winters (January in Hvar has an average temperature of 8.4° C) have many advantages, among other things enabling winter tourism in Hvar.
In the winter there are a windy days (jugo - the south wind), (bura - the north wind) and there are rainy days, but snow can fall once in 20 years. Infact, some hotels in Hvar offer free stay in case snow falls !

Maximum temperatures are never too high to render agriculture impossible (the highest recorded temperature of 37° C was reached in 1935).
The average annual air temperature is around 16.5° C, while autumns are warmer than springs, which prolongs the growing period. Thanks to this, vegetation in Island of Hvar is thick and of Mediterranean character, with lots of eterical plants. It is common to find more than 20 various kinds of plants in a few square meters.
Hvar has an annual average of 7.7 hours sunshine per day and 3.8 hours of cloud. (By comparison Dubrovnik has 7.0 hours of sunshine and 4.4 hours of cloud; Nice - south of France/ 7.2 and 4.2 respectively). A general belief in the health-giving effects of sunny regions led to the discovery of this "Adriatic Madeira" as early as the 19th century. It has the most hours of sunshine on the Adriatic coast, with as much as 2715 per year, and only small variations in temperature. "The Hygienic Society" was founded in 1868, and the first health hotel was opened in 1889, while The Centre for Allergies of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1965.

MAP - HVAR ISLAND