Holidays to Hvar Town put you in a Croatian beauty spot, with traditional restaurants, age-old monuments, and a beach-filled archipelago to explore.
A model town
Hvar Town certainly has looks on its side. It’s actually considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Croatia. Its gothic palaces and squares are framed in by 13th-century walls, which slope downwards to the Adriatic Sea’s azure waters. See it from above with a trip to the Spanish Fortress. It’s perched high on a hill overlooking the terracotta rooftops, the marina and the pine-cloaked islets that dot the shores.
Cathedrals and cafes
St Stephen’s Square is at the town’s centre. This long rectangular plaza was formed when an inlet was filled in and paved over. There’s a cathedral with a tall bell tower at its helm, while street cafes line up either side. Wander south along the bay and you’ll come to the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery – make sure you go inside to get a glimpse of the impressive Last Supper painting in the dining hall.
While Hvar Town doesn’t lay claim to any beaches per se, just a hop across the water lands you on an archipelago that’s full of them. Named the Pakleni Islands, these largely-uninhabited mounds are fringed by secluded sand-and-pebble coves. And that’s not all they have to offer – there’s museums, one of the best nightclubs around and some decent snorkelling, too.
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