Hvar Island

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Hvar, a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, is best known as a summer resort. Highlights of the port town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral. The island also features beaches like Dubovica and inland lavender fields. Boat excursions serve the nearby Pakleni Islands, which have secluded beaches and coves. Wikipedia




"Hvar (pronounced [xv̞âːr]; local Chakavian dialect: Hvor or For, Greek: Pharos, Φάρος, Latin: Pharia, Italian: Lesina) is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast, lying between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. Approximately 68 km (42.25 mi) long, with a high east-west ridge of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, the island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields in the agricultural areas. The climate is characterized by mild winters, and warm summers with many hours of sunshine. The island has 11,103 residents, making it the 4th most populated of the Croatian islands.

Hvar's location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes has long made this island an important base for commanding trade up and down the Adriatic, across to Italy and throughout the wider Mediterranean. It has been inhabited since pre-historic times, originally by a Neolithic people whose distinctive pottery gave rise to the term Hvar culture, and later by the Illyrians. The ancient Greeks founded the colony of Pharos in 384 BC on the site of today's Stari Grad, making it one of the oldest towns in Europe. They were also responsible for setting out the agricultural field divisions of the Stari Grad Plain, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In medieval times, the City of Hvar rose to importance within the Venetian Empire as a major naval base. Prosperity brought culture and the arts, with one of the first public theatres in Europe, nobles’ palaces and many fine communal buildings.

The 16th century was an unsettled time, with the Hvar Rebellion, coastal raids by pirates and the Ottoman army from the mainland, resulting in some unusual fortified buildings on the northern shore to protect the local population. After a brief time under Napoleonic rule, the island became part of the Austrian Empire, a more peaceful and prosperous time. On the coast, harbours were expanded, quays built, fishing and boat building businesses grew. At the same time, the island's wine exports increased, along with lavender and rosemary production for the French perfume industry. However, this prosperity did not continue into the 20th century as wooden sailing boats went out of fashion, and the phylloxera blight hit wine production. Many islanders left to make a new life elsewhere.

One industry, tourism, has however continued to grow and is now a significant contributor to the island's economy. The formation of The Hygienic Association of Hvar in 1868 for the assistance of visitors to the island has been instrumental in developing an infrastructure of hotels, apartments, restaurants, marinas, museums, galleries and cafés. Today, the island of Hvar is a popular destination, consistently listed in the top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine." Wikipedia









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Vinogradisce Bay
2.4

English translation: "For 41 feet on the buoy 50 euros that is highway robbery. Without electricity water breakfast. There are many charter yachts in Croatia without a sewage tank. So what happens in this bay every morning? I guess 50 - 100 people do their business in the promised bay every morning, mind you." Original review: "Für 41 Fuss an der Boje 50 Euro das ist Wegelagerei. Ohne Strom Wasser Frühstück. In Kroatien gibt es sehr viel Charter Yachten ohne Abwasser Tank. Was passiert also jeden Morgen in dieser Bucht? Ich schätze mal so 50 - 100 Leute verrichten ihr Geschäft in die gelobte Bucht wohl gemerkt jeden Morgen."

Hvar
5.0

We struggled and failed to find space to moor in Hvar so chugged on round to the next bay (Milan) and took a red restaurant buoy and had the most amazing dinner during sunset. A lucky find. We headed back to Hvar the next day to stroll around and grab some groceries. An interesting hustling busy city.

Milna
5.0

We struggled to find a space at Hvar town so we pottered round to the next bay... Milna (not to be confused with the town Milna with same name but on Brac Island). It started getting a little late and we looked for a buoy to moor up but a non-english speaking man on a rib told us all the black and white buoys had been reserved.... The place is beautiful so we started to head out and saw a red buoy. Again a man on a rib came out and asked us if we wanted to stay the night and if so we would need to eat at his restaurant. A little risky, but OMG the food and service was amazing! The sunset incredible.

Parja Cove
5.0

We stayed here one starry night, firmly attached to one of the two buoys in the cove, with another yacht on the other. It was the most amazing experience, so peaceful... well until the local fisherman from the house came past at 5am is his noisy fishing boat, putt putt putt, LOL.

Stari Grad Marina
3.8

We liked Stari Grad, but it was al little smelly on the other side of the marina, and some of the buildings looked a little run down. We ventured off and found some really nice off-beat places to eat in the back streets.

Stari Grad Marina
3.8

We liked Stari Grad, lots of history, but a little run down and smelly in places.

Dubovica Cove
3.8

We took the family here to get away from the busyness of Hvar. Our children loved the paddling.





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Parja Cove
1 . Parja Cove
3.8

A very pretty cove with two buoys and a beautiful house. A fisherman on his noisy putt-putt boat leaves very early in the morning.

Stari Grad Marina
2 . Stari Grad Marina
3.3

This natural safe harbour has been developed into a large marina offering a pleasant stay with moorings for many yachts. It hosts a multitude of restaurants and facilities.

Dubovica Cove
3 . Dubovica Cove
3.2

A small pretty cove with a nice beach to the east of Hvar and Milna.

Stari Grad Marina
4 . Stari Grad Marina
3.1

This natural safe harbour has been developed into a large marina offering a pleasant stay with moorings for many yachts. It hosts a multitude of restaurants and facilities.

Vira Bay
5 . Vira Bay
2.7

A small (read tiny) harbour with no breakwater packed with local fishing vessels.

Zukova Cove
6 . Zukova Cove
2.5

A forked cove, overlooking Bol on the opposite island, offering several options for anchoring, a short walk to Rudina, or longer overland south to Stari Grad.

Vlaska Cove
7 . Vlaska Cove
2.5

This north west tip of the peninsula from Stari Grad on Hvar Island offers several small coves for visiting yachts.

Saint Glavna Cove
8 . Saint Glavna Cove
2.5

A narrow cove on the Stari Grad peninsula offering some shelter for visiting craft.

Tiha Cove West
9 . Tiha Cove West
2.5

Tiha bay has multiple coves, this western one provides some shelter from and a small landing on the western coast.

Tiha Cove East
10 . Tiha Cove East
2.5

The eastern of the three coves in Tiha bay offers less shelter from swell or winds, but does host a restaurant.

Tiha Cove Central
11 . Tiha Cove Central
2.5

This central cove within the Tiha bay provides limited shelter but is an idyllic picturesque spot a short distance from Stari Grad.

Zavala Cove Stari Grad
12 . Zavala Cove Stari Grad
2.5

This long cove is home to a restaurant half way up on the south-west shore that provides some buoys for mooring.

ACI Vrboska Marina
13 . ACI Vrboska Marina
2.5

A medium sized marina with all the necessary facilities, a short walk from the main town.

Vrboska Harbour
14 . Vrboska Harbour
2.5

The main harbour in the centre of the main town provides shore-side mooring for local motor boats.

Jelsa Harbour
15 . Jelsa Harbour
2.5

Two pontoons hidden behind the breakwater provide mooring for a good number of boats.

Jelsa Riva
16 . Jelsa Riva
2.5

This shore-side mooring is found nestled in the base of the cove close to bars and restaurants.

Gracisce Cove
17 . Gracisce Cove
2.5

A small pretty cove on the approach to Starigrad provides a nice place for a short stop.

Maslinica Cove
18 . Maslinica Cove
2.5

A small cove to the west of the main ferry terminal is home to a pretty Villa and some small jetties.

Prapratna Cove
19 . Prapratna Cove
2.5

This pretty cove is tucked in behind a hilly headland east of Jelsa. Home to a few a small number of houses and apartments.

Stiniva Cove
20 . Stiniva Cove
2.5

A small forked cove to the east of Jelsa, and to the west of Zecja beach, provides a small amount of shelter for mooring.

Vela Stiniva Hvar
21 . Vela Stiniva Hvar
2.5

A pretty cove with a breakwater for shore-side mooring, behind the beach area it is a little built up.

Pokrivenik Cove
22 . Pokrivenik Cove
2.5

A small cove on the north side of Hvar island hosting a nice beach to the south and a smaller cove to the east.

Mala Garska Cove
23 . Mala Garska Cove
2.5

This small very narrow cove to the west of Hvar town provides some confined shore-side mooring for smaller vessels.

Vela Garska
24 . Vela Garska
2.5

A naturally sheltered forked cove on the south of Hvar island and to the west of Hvar town, hosts a single tavern.

Pelegrin Cove
25 . Pelegrin Cove
2.5

An unsheltered cove, not much shelter but a nice short stop for lunch.

Pribinja Cove
26 . Pribinja Cove
2.5

A slightly larger cove than neighbouring Vira, hosts two taverns providing some limited mooring.

ACI Hvar Marina
27 . ACI Hvar Marina
2.5

This small busy marina provides a number of pontoons and jetties in shallow water. There are basic facilities, including a taxi to Hvar town.

Podstine Harbour
28 . Podstine Harbour
2.5

A small harbour with a small break-water provides limited shore-side mooring and shelter but is in close proximity to a number of beach bars.

Saint Jerolim Island
29 . Saint Jerolim Island
2.5

A small island nearest to Hvar town hosts a lighthouse and a small cove on the southern side for unsheltered anchoring.

Stipanska Island
30 . Stipanska Island
2.5

A small uninhabited island with a couple of restaurants hosts a couple of options for anchoring.

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Milna
1 . Milna
(Central Dalmatia )
4.1

Two places in Croatia have the name Milna, one on the island of Brac and this one on the island of Hvar.

Hvar
2 . Hvar
(Central Dalmatia )
3.7

Hvar is a city and port on the island of Hvar, part of Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. The municipality has a population of 4,251 while the city itself is inhabited by 3,771 people, making it the l...

Zavala
3 . Zavala
(Central Dalmatia )
3.7

A small town on the island of Hvar with views of Otok Scedro.

Stari Grad
4 . Stari Grad
(Central Dalmatia )
3.5

Stari Grad is a town on the northern side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia. One of the oldest towns in Europe, its position at the end of a long, protected bay and next to prime agricultu...

Zarace
5 . Zarace
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

Zarace is a village in Croatia on the island of Hvar

Sveta Nedelja
6 . Sveta Nedelja
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

Sveta Nedilja, officially known as Sveta Nedjelja, is a small village on the Croatian island of Hvar. It is located near the town of Hvar and it has 131 residents. Wikipedia

Ivan Dolac
7 . Ivan Dolac
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

A small town on the island of Hvar with views of Otok Scedro.

Sucuraj
8 . Sucuraj
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

Sucuraj is a picturesque small town on the east cape of the island Hvar in Croatia, 3 NM from the Dalmatian coast and 77 km from the town of Hvar. Sucuraj has about 400 residents, with tourism and ...

Jelsa
9 . Jelsa
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

Jelsa is a town in Croatia, on the island of Hvar, the seat of the eponymous municipality within the county of Split-Dalmatia. Wikipedia

Vrboska
10 . Vrboska
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

Vrboska is a settlement on the north coast of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia, in the Municipality of Jelsa. Founded in the 15th century as a fishing harbour, Vrboska is best known for the ...

Pokrivenik
11 . Pokrivenik
(Central Dalmatia )
2.5

Pokrivenik is a small village on the island of Havr

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