From the moment you step off your ferry (or yacht) onto the stunning Croatian island of Hvar, you’re met by an alluring mix of historic charm and gorgeous mountain backdrops. You’ll likely be bathed in brightness wherever you go; sunshine is more plentiful on Hvar than anywhere else on the Adriatic Sea.
Located near the center of the Adriatic’s eastern edge, Hvar—pronounce the “h” and “v” together quickly, as though they were one letter—was a key regional trade hub for centuries. You’ll soon see evidence of the waves of conquerors—from the ancient Greeks to the medieval Venetians to empiric Austrians—who left their marks on the island’s unique architecture and culture everywhere.
Arrive on Hvar via the picturesque, red-roofed harbor of Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe. Head into the island’s interior, where you’ll find unspoiled greenery, craggy mountains, centuries-old vineyards and fragrant fields of lavender, the island’s biggest export.