Cruising to Hvar Island, Croatia

Hvar tourist information.

Island Hvar Croatia, Pakleni OtociThe island Hvar is Dalmatia’s trendiest destination, after Dubrovnik, and gets jam-packed in summer.  Gently rolling hills painted a brilliant purple by the fertile flowers, lush vineyards nestling at the foot of ragged mountains, gorgeous beaches with tiny inlets and secluded coves, luscious restaurants, boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife amidst the medieval streets of Hvar Town are just a few of the treats to enjoy on this dream of an island.

Highlights of the port town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral. Imposing fortifications hover above the fluid blend of grey stone and orange cascading roofs. The remains of walls built by a long list of invaders descend towards the wide promenade edging the brilliant blue sea and the quaint fishing harbor. Marble streets reveal one of the largest squares in Dalmatia, Trg Sveti Stjepana as well as the prized Cathedral of St. Stjepan and the Renaissance theatre. Hvar island also features beaches like Dubovica and inland lavender fields. Boat excursions serve the nearby Pakleni Islands, which have secluded beaches and coves.

Things to do in Hvar

Hvar Island is known for its excellent climate. It boasts about being illuminated in over 2,800 hours of sunshine each year. With warm summers and mild winters, rich culture, beautiful views overlooking the Adriatic Sea, it’s no wonder that Hvar Island attracts so many holidaymakers. Hvar’s long history has developed into a both posh holiday destination mixed with a relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle, topped with a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Hvar Town may be the most stunning town on the island but Stari Grad, the oldest village on the island, and Jelsa, as well as a smattering of small villages, dotting the coast or nestled in the lush interior are well worth a visit.


There is fast catamaran sailings daily from Split to Jelsa, 47kn person. Approx 1,5 hour journey. Beside that during summer there are numeruos boats from and to island Brač, Makarska and other towns around Makarska. There is also hydroplane from Split airport to port of Jelsa.

Stari Grad

During summer there are several car ferry sailings daily from Split to Stari Grad. 47kn person, 318kn car. Approx 2 hour journey. Check the latest timetables in the Tourist information office.

Port order and/or content may vary, please check specific sailing date concerning risks associated with COVID-19. Please consult all applicable Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel and check at official cruise line website.

The Russia-Ukraine war has prompted a growing number of cruise lines to cancel 2022 itineraries that include stops in and around Russian ports of call. For more information please visit official cruise line website.