One of my favourite destinations of our Croatia trip was Hvar, a paradise island one hour away from Split by high-speed ferry. It is located in the centre of the Adriatic sailing routes and is apparently known as Croatia’s most happening island and prime destination for celebrities and luxury travellers. With big yachts parked at every corner of the harbour and fancy cocktail parties on the beach, I’m not surprised. However, the island felt humble and serene, and it was actually one of the most relaxing moments of the holiday.
Having spent a few days in Dubrovnik and Split which was crowded by tourists, Hvar was a nice little escape. Once we arrived, the first thing we did was to hike up to the Fortress Fortica Španjola to soak in the beautiful city view from above. Another zig-zag hike, but no where near as tiring as the one up Mount Srd. We then went down to explore more of city centre and eventually got lost in the charming alleyways. After the active part of the trip was completed, we made our way to Hula Hula bar for a drink & dip, and then continued our sun lounge evening at a spot near Podstine beach.
The walk from Hvar harbour to the beach was about two kilometres along the coast. The scenery was stunning and the crystal clear water more so. We ended up staying for almost five hours until we eventually got hungry and had to start looking for a place to dine. Typical us.
Back in the city centre there were hundreds of restaurants to choose from, but we decided to go for a place called Junior, which was recommended by a local guy we met. The atmosphere here was really nice and the food was authentic and delicious, and the prices were decent. After dinner we went back to the harbour to watch the sunset before getting the ferry back to Split. It was a perfect ending to our short visit to Hvar.