This 4 days in Hvar guide includes everything you need to know for planning your next trip to Croatia including where to stay, eat & drink, what to do, and how to get around the city.
Where to Stay in Hvar:
We stayed at this AirBnB which was great bang for our buck and in a very convenient location in the city!
This is the review I left from our stay:
“We loved our time at Zora’s place!! She was so great and greeted us upon arrival showing us a map of the best spots around the island. She even gave us her nephew’s number to schedule a boat tour. The room was perfect for 3 girls since we each had our own bed and the kitchen was great and we used it one morning to cook breakfast. We also liked that there was an additional communal bathroom in the house for other rooms to use as well. Note that there are other rooms in the house that she also hosts so you will not have the house entirely to yourself but you have the personal room and bathroom with communal kitchen. This was not an issue at all for us and we loved our stay! The location was great too – close to the port and very close to the city!”
A few additional Airbnb’s you could check out for 3:
- Hvar, downtown apartment: Red! – “Located in the centre of town, in a very peaceful area with beautiful sea view on Pakleni islands archipelago.”
- AMAZING SEAVIEW PENTHOUSE STUDIO – “Amazing view at Hvar’s bay and Pakleni Islands, brand new, fully furnished, all appliances available, wi-fi.”
- Hvar Sunny Studio Apartment with a Gorgeous View – “situated on the main sea-side promenade between the Hvar city centre and the Pokonji Dol beach. The apartment has a full view of the island’s coast line, with a large, sea-facing terrace.”
Where to Eat in Hvar:
(Compiling all of the top places I found while researching for our trip – there are also a bunch of supermarkets in Hvar if you want a budget friendlier option to make your own snacks/meals in between nicer meals). We would also often stop for lunch at one of the islands during our excursions during the day.
- Fig – Continue reading to understand the love we had for Fig 🙂 Order the Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito (V, OVG) and the California Toast (OV, OVG)!
- Green Goodness Hvar – Recommended for fresh juices & smoothies!
- Dalmatino – This is a must eat in Hvar and an amazing dining experience with incredible service. Dinner includes multiple rounds of free shots including a liquor that tasted like chocolate after eating a carob fruit and a post dinner lavender shot + dessert wine. Try the Gnocchi Istria and Tuna Tartare!
- Fig – Order the Fig & Farm Cheese Flatbread (V), Vegetarian House Burger (V) (must try), and the Green Chili Chicken Burrito.
- Restoran Mizarola Hvar – A more casual dinner spot with delicious pizzas and a cute rooftop.
- Lungo Mare – Highly recommended restaurant if you enjoy meat dishes (we had a vegetarian friend with us so we did not stop by here)!
- Central Park Club – This is right down the street from Dalmatino with patio seating, live music, and a great ambiance. We came here for drinks one night after dinner and had a blast!
- Konoba Arsenol – Locally owned with stunning views of the bay
- Konoba Menego – If you are looking for a more traditional Croatian dinner, this would be a great spot to try! It is family run and nestled in Old Town along the way to the Fortica.
How to Get Around Hvar:
Walk: Hvar is very walkable and not too spread out. We walked nearly everywhere when going to meals/bars.
Boat: To get to other beaches/islands you can walk to the port and there are a variety of options you can take! We recommend connecting with our boat driver Antonio (+385 91 572 2147) He was amazing! There are a variety of options including taking a water taxi to just get to a single destination, paying for a personal boat driver for the day (we would just text him if we wanted him to pick us up and take us to another island), taking a full day excursion trip with group, or renting your own personal boat for a day.
Scooter: We did not do this during our time in Hvar, but we were very close to doing a full scooter day trip hopping around interior cities within Hvar and stopping by Stari Grad which is supposed to be beautiful! There are a bunch of places within Hvar where you can rent for the day.
What to do in Hvar:
- Explore Old Town – you can easily get lost in the streets wandering around the city
- Hike up to the top of the Tvrdava Fortica at sunset for the best views of the city
- Rent a boat to island hop for the day or pay for a personal driver for the day do drop/pick you up for the day
- Take a boat excursion to explore parts of the island with tour
- Explore the island – you can rent cars or scooters to explore the inner towns of the island
- Spend a day or half day in Stari Grad. This was the one thing we didn’t get a chance to do during our time in Hvar but looks beautiful! There are places you can do wine tastings and explore the lavender fields within this quaint town. (Some things to do in Stari Grad: Srinjo Kola (Middle Street), Tvrdalj Palace, Skor Square, Za Pod Zub, Hora Farm Wine Tasting, Lavender ice cream, and Glavika Hill sunset)
How to Get To Hvar from Split:
We booked a ferry through Bookaway that left at 11:30am from Split (Gat Sv. Petra, 21000, Split, Croatia) and arrived at 12:20pm in Hvar. The ride was very smooth and our AirBnb was within walking distance to the port which was very convenient.
Full Itinerary in Hvar:
Day 2 (Monday) in Hvar:
- 11:30am-12:20pm: Ferry from Split to Hvar
- 12:30-1:30pm: Check into AirBnB, meet host, and get freshened up for day
- 2-3:30pm: Lunch at Fig – easily our FAVORITE restaurant of the trip. The food was incredible and the staff was so welcoming and kind. One of the server’s Alfredo went out of his way to give us a ton of recommendations around the island of where to explore. The veggie burger was INCREDIBLE along with the fig & farm flatbread.
3:30-7pm: Spend the late afternoon at Mustaco beach. This was within walking distance to the city and the walk over was beautiful! We were exhausted from traveling and going out the night before in Split, so this hit the spot just soaking up the sun and laying by the water for the day.
7:30-9pm: We booked it back to the city to make it to the top of the Tvrdava Fortica in time for sunset. Along the way we stopped at a local grocery to pick up a few snacks for a picnic at the top. This is a MUST do in Hvar as the views were incredible!
Nightime: We took it easy for the rest of the night since we had a big day coming up, but there are a bunch of bars/clubs you can head to in the city!
Day 3 (Tuesday) in Hvar Itinerary:
We took a full speedboat day tour with the following stops:
- Green Cave – this cave is on the small island of Ravnik, and ticket was not included. It wasn’t crazy expensive, but if on the fence to go into this cave, we would recommend saving your cash for the blue cave! It was beautiful but the blue cave was a lot cooler inside. Swimming is optional in this cave once inside!
- Blue Cave – Transport to the Blue Cave is made upon arrival to Bisevo Island. Admission is also not included but it was definitely worth the cost! Photos did not do the cave justice and note you cannot swim inside.
- Pakleni Islands – Our last stop was at the most beautiful island Palmizana and we were able to grab a bite to eat + drinks! We had some time to walk around and explore the island.
6:00-7:30pm – Go back to AirBnB and freshen up for night.
7:30pm – End of Night: Cocktails along the pier followed by dinner at Restoran Mizarola Hvar (pest pizza in Hvar). Party at Kiva Bar for the night (note the bar scene was very different than it normally would be due to Covid. Kiva bar was one of the most popular spots during the time we were in Hvar which is why we ended up there. Carpe Diem was also on our list but everyone said it was dead when we were there!)
Day 4 (Wednesday) in Hvar:
11am-1pm: Sleep in and head to Fig Cafe for a late brunch.
1-6:30pm: Spend the rest of the day at Robinson Beach & Pachamama. We started at Robinson to see and quickly walked over to Pachamama to lounge there the rest of the day since they had a much more aesthetic vibe and lots of lounge chairs. We LOVED Pachamama and the owner was so sweet & gave us free shots!! Definitely a must see during your time in Hvar we couldn’t stop taking photos while we were there.
7-8pm: Head back to Airbnb to freshen up for night.
8:30pm: Late dinner at Dalmatino! This was such an incredible experience and absolutely recommend eating here during your time in Hvar. The food was delicious, the ambiance was great, and the service was incredible. They also included a variety of drinks that were included with the meal starting with a liquor that tasted like liquid chocolate – it was incredible! The truffle gnocchi was delicious.
Day 5 (Thursday) in Hvar:
11am: Sleep in and make homemade brunch. We stopped by a supermarket and picked up bread, eggs, avocados, fruit, and creamy Peanut Butter.
Rest of Day: Island Hop around. One of the beaches we absolutely loved was Tri Grede and they had great service along with very comfy chairs/bean bags for lounging. Plus the views were amazing!
Night: Dinner at Fig once again (we weren’t kidding when we said how much we loved this restaurant) and gelato from Icy Bar Hvar (my favorite flavor was oreo)! After that we went out to Kiva Bar for the rest of the night.
Be sure to check out my full One Week in Croatia Recap + Itinerary if you plan on hopping around towns in Croatia!