Hvar, Croatia

Hvar is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast. The island measures approximately 80 km, east to west and is a tourist destination. Hvar has a very mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and Mediterranean vegetation that make it one of the most attractive tourist centers in Europe. The island promotes itself as "the sunniest spot in Europe," with 2715 hours of sunlight in an average year.

Hvar town is the main tourist center. It features a large public square that is open to the sea. During the tourist season, the port is filled with large yachts. All-night discos attract large crowds of young visitors. Hvar is known for its cultivation of Lavender and is also one of the towm most famous winemaking zones in Croatia.

Things to See & Do

* Hvar Town Square
* Cathedral of St. Stephen
* Grapčeva spilja - Neolithic archeological site
* Pakleni Islands
* Hvar Fortress

General Information

Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Kuna (HRK)
Language - Croatian
Land Area - 297.37 km²
Population - 15,000 approx.
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code - + 385

Port Location - The port of Hvar is located in the city centre.

Travel Links - Hvar can be accessed by either car ferry (approx. 2hrs) or fast ferry (approx 1hr) from Split, services operated by Jadrolinija. There is also another company which operates fast ferries from Hvar town to Split. The car ferries run most regularly (approximately three per day and more during the high season (May to September) and call at Stari Grad. The fast ferries run less frequently but operate from Hvar town. There are also ferries to other destinations, most notably Italy.