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View of Hvar Town from the Spanish Fortress: a view from above, you see a small harbor surrounded with white buildings topped with orange roofs. In the distance are the green Pakleni Islands.

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There are so many fun things to do in Hvar, Croatia! Hvar is one of the most popular islands to visit in Croatia, and for good reason. In fact, lots of travelers visit Hvar as their one and only Croatian island.

Hvar has long had a reputation is the party island. And yes, there’s truth to that. The best nightlife in the Adriatic can be found here, especially in exclusive clubs like Carpe Diem Beach. Indeed, if you find a celebrity in Croatia, they will probably be hovering off the coast of Hvar on a yacht!

But Hvar is far more than parties and famous people. Hvar happens to be the sunniest island in Croatia, with 2800 hours of sunshine each year. Hvar is covered with pine forests and olive trees, and local vineyards make an incredible selection of Hvar wines.

And while the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hvar Town is the big draw of the island, there are lots of more low-key towns to visit, from Vrboska to Velo Grablje. And in the month of June, lavender blooms on Hvar’s hills.

In short, there’s a lot more to Hvar than its reputation. I’d love to show you more of what makes Hvar one of the best places to visit in Croatia, the country that I love so much. Let’s take a look at the best things to do in Hvar!

(Note: Hvar is the name of the island, as well as the name of the main town on the island. To avoid confusion, I will refer to the town as Hvar Town in this guide.)

This guide was published in March 2023.

Hvar Town, as viewed from the Spanish Fortress

Best Things To Do in Hvar Croatia

How much time do you need in Hvar?

Most people only come to Hvar for a day or two, but I recommend visiting for three days or longer to actually get to know the island.

Lots of people walking in a piazza in Croatia with a white stone church with a bell tower in the center.
The main square in Hvar Town at sunset.

Explore Historic Old Town Hvar

Hvar Town has a rich past. This means that there are plenty of beautiful and fascinating sites to visit and explore. It’s the perfect place for history enthusiasts.

The Cathedral of St. Stephen is a great place to start. This magnificent piece of renaissance Venetian architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the early 1600s.

It’s also worth visiting the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, which date back to the 15th century. The gothic exterior is stunning, but this location is also home to a museum full of ancient artifacts and…

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