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How to reach Hvar?

As you all (or most of you know 😊) Hvar is an island in the Croatia. So, the main question is always how to reach Hvar. There are different paths you can take to come to our island and city Hvar, so in this blog I will explain them one by one.
First option you have is that you can came to Hvar from Split, Drvenik (little place near Makarska) or Dubrovnik. You can also come to Hvar from Italy, however, believe or not that is the simplest, you just take ferry from Ancona to Stari Grad (Hvar) and you are at your destination. So, to go back on main topic, you have three choices when planning your trip and mostly they depend from where you are coming from.

Option number one – How to reach Hvar from Split?
If you came to Split and wanted to spend rest of your vacations on Hvar, of course firstly you choose destination on Hvar (Stari Grad, Jelsa, Hvar or some smaller place on island), after that you have to go to ferry port and from there you can board ferry boat or catamaran. Ferry boats are bigger boats that carry cars and other transportation vehicles. They drive on relation Hvar – Stari Grad and then from Stari Grad you can take a bus, taxi or by your own car to your chosen destination. It takes 2 hours journey from Split to Stari Grad by ferry boat and it is quite comfortable ride, where you can sit inside, drink coffee or go on the deck and enjoy sun (just be careful you do not get sun burns, since sun can be very strong, but wind from driving can make it seem not so dangerous). If you want to go directly to Hvar city or Jelsa you can take catamaran ticket at port and board to faster, and smaller ships that are only for transportation of passengers. Ride takes approx. one hour; however only downside is that you can’t go outside on the deck.

Option number two – How to reach Hvar from Drvenik?
If you find yourself somewhere near Makarska riviera, and you do not mind driving through island (this option is only if you are with your own car) the best option is that you go to Drvenik and board small ferry to Sućuraj. Sućuraj is small city on other part of island, and driving by ferry from mainland takes only 20 min. After that you can just follow one and only main road at island Hvar and you can reach (in following order) Jelsa, Stari Grad or Hvar. The biggest advantage of this solution is that in 2 hours driving through island (if you are headed to city Hvar) you will explore most of the island; you will go through many small villages and see beautiful panoramic view on sea and surrounding area.

Option number three – How to reach Hvar from Dubrovnik?
This option I left on purpose at the end… and reason is that it is most complicated… Just kidding 😊 this one is the simplest, you just board ferry in Dubrovnik and after three hours you are at city Hvar. This is also only for passengers and not vehicles.

After all there are also many private speed boats that you can take, and skippers will drive you direct to your resort or chosen city. However, to fully experience some destination you have to try to explore it in ways that local people live it.

Christmas on the Hvar island

Christmas on the Hvar island

The most joyous holiday is approaching ... as everywhere else, Christmas on the Hvar island is really special. The lights are on, the Christmas tree is ready and lots of fun at the little Christmas cottages in the center of town. Imagine a Christmas magic without big crowds, without traffic jams and similar situations. If you want a relaxed and magical Christmas then Christmas on the Hvar island is the solution for you.

The end of the summer and the beginning of winter on Hvar

Hvar is known for the summer, many tourists who visit it, luxury yachts in the harbor and many cultural sights, but Hvar has its charms in the winter also. When the ferries stop driving every hour or two, when the weather gets bad, these few catamarans, and sometimes even the ferries, stay at port in Split. When music is no longer heard in the city and many restaurants and caffe bars close their doors, then the island and all its beauty are truly experienced. There are no strangers on the streets anymore, no English is heard on every corner, no flashing lights ... just a couple of outdoor caffe shops and locals in their winter daily routines. In the winter, everyone is more relaxed, more often engaging in small conversations with each other, recounting their experiences and impressions from last season, and planning their own trips and vacations.

How do we celebrate Christmas on the Hvar island?

As with any city, decorations are ready, the Christmas tree in the square is decorated and ready to be the main symbol of Christmas on the Hvar island, but the difference between Christmas in small towns versus big cities is obvious. In Hvar we do not have dozens of Christmas cottages, but only three. The streets are not full of visitors looking for a warm place to have a drink or eat something delicious. Mostly everybody is familiar to each other, and you say hello to everybody you encounter. The atmosphere in the city versus the big cities is more family friendly, safer and warmer ... It may not have the amenities and fun like in bigger cities, but there is some warmth that cannot be experienced anywhere but on an island in winter. If you want to see "new" faces then just head to another city on the island ... the atmosphere is the same, but at least there are different people. Now let's get back to the topic of this blog ... Christmas on the Hvar island ... Along with the already mentioned Christmas cottages, which already became a symbol of Advent, Christmas is felt on the streets, the city is being decorated, every day we get a new decoration .... People are gathering more and more, making suggestions for decorations, arranging dinners and other social meetings, and planning the Christmas Eve. We don't have a lot of choice where to go out in these Christmas days here on the island, either we stay at home, by a fireplace with a few selected companions or out in the city, and most often it is a combination of both. In addition to Christmas Eve, in recent years there will also be a program throughout December where something can be found for everybody. For the youngest, the program runs during the day, and for those a little older in the evening. So, this year, various workshops and performances are organized for children, where the youngest can express their creativity and enrich their cultural knowledge, since frankly in other parts of the year there is a lack of it in Hvar.

And what about after Christmas on the Hvar island?

As every year, Christmas comes and goes... Only good memories of getting together and many retelling of various events remain. After Christmas on the Hvar island, the notion of winter on Hvar gets its full potential, the decorations are taken off, the locals no longer meet on the promenade, only then the winter on the island takes full potential. Even then, the stories and the preparations for the coming season begin, and a few more months of the deserted island until it is filled with many tourists, busy workers and luxury yachts. The season will come and go and Christmas will live on the island again and bring many hidden joys that cannot be described on a few pages of text, you can only feel it, if you ever have the opportunity to visit Hvar in winter.

Until then, I have attached a few Christmas photos below and wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Christmas in Hvar

Christmas

Hvar Summer Festival 2019.

Hvar Summer Festival 2019.

Hvar summer festival is an annual festival that takes place from 1961. Enjoy amazing performances from Croatian singers, the world knows jazz soloists and great actors in different dramas.

The Festival lasts from June 1st to September 28th and includes performances on amazing locations such as Franciscan monastery, Hanibal Lucić’s summer residence, Veneranda summer stage, Hvar fortress (Fortica), the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and St. Stephen’s Square, as well nearby villages of Velo Grablje and Malo Grablje.

Here are some main events in August:

Amira Medunjanin – 02.08. at 21.30, Veneranda Summer stage

Male Vocal Group „Stine“ – 17.08. at 21:30, Hanibal Lucić Summer Residence

Andrey Gugnin, piano – 20.08. at 21:30, Franciscan Monastery (cloister)

Zdenka Kovačiček & Greenhouse Blues Band – 28.08. at 21:30, Veneranda Summer Stage

Ultra Europe Hvar – Beach party 16.07.- 17.07.2019.

Ultra Europe Music Festival is returning for the sixth year in Croatia, and music lovers from around the globe will be able to enjoy the world’s top DJs once again.

If you’re looking for a place to make unforgettable memories, make friends and have a time of your life, then Ultra Beach on the island of Hvar is the party that you can’t miss!

Each year, over 3,000 attendees gather together for this massive party at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort to dance and splash to their favorite DJs. This summer move your body in the rhythm of two world’s famous DJs Sigma and Europa (Jax Jones & Martin Solveig).