About Hvar & Nearby Areas
Proclaimed the Saint Tropez of Croatia, Hvar & its surrounding areas offer the authentic Mediterranean experience - day and night. One of the jewels of Croatian tourism, Hvar Town is the capital and largest settlement of the island of the same name.
Its rich Venetian architecture harks back to its glorious cultural past which includes the oldest public theatre in Europe that continues today with the Hvar Summer Festival, and its cultural locations that include the Franciscan Monastery, Veneranda, the Arsenal and theatre, and Hanibal Lucic garden. Hvar is also home to its Spanish Fortress that offers fabulous views of the town and Pakleni Islands.
Hvar’s iconic waterfront, or “riva”, one of the most exclusive ones on the Adriatic, is where backpackers and superyachts mingle in this most egalitarian of towns. With daily water taxis to the gorgeous Pakleni islands, you’ll find a range of activities, from beaches and nightlife, sailing and kayaking, to art galleries and fine dining.
Indulge in the restaurants and wine bars of Hvar Town, famed for their excellence in preparing local specialities such as Hvarska Gregada, as well as a wider Mediterranean and international menu.
Soak up the sun in one of Croatia’s sunniest islands and take a swim at its numerous crystal clear beaches due to which Hvar is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
According to one of the most famous American tourist magazines “Travel + Leisure”, Hvar was named one of the top 10 most favourable island destinations in the world, and was proclaimed as the most glamorous Adriatic sea island. Even the British The Guardian has selected Hvar as one of the top Croatian islands for your Dream Holiday.
Hvar is also one of the main destinations for celebrities like Beyonce Knowles, Jay Z, Solange Knowles, Prince Harry, Bernie Ecclestone, Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich and many other.
Getting to Hvar & Villa Oceanus
The usual route to Hvar includes arrival by plane to Split Airport, and then taking a ferry or catamaran to the Island of Hvar.
Hvar is connected to the mainland and other islands through four harbours, only two of which allow for cars. The main car ferry terminal is near Stari Grad, a 20-minute drive from Hvar Town, and there are regular ferries throughout the year from Split harbour, as well as from Italy during the peak season.
Hvar Town is well served with regular catamarans to and from Split, as well as onward boats to Korčula daily, and Vis once a week. In 2019, a new private catamaran service was introduced, connecting Split Airport to Stari Grad, with a one-hour transfer.
Once your Villa Oceanus stay is booked, we’ll be in touch to help you arrange the ideal arrival plan based on your specific circumstances.
see & do in Hvar - our recommendations
Visit the oldest public theatre in Europe, check out the views of Hvar Town from the top of the Spanish Fort, and much more.
Do It Like The Locals
Grab an espresso, relax and people watch just like the locals from one of the many cafes and restaurants on the Hvar waterfront, or “riva”.
For a great night out in town visit the Carpe Diem Bar, or take a boat to the Stipanska island & dance under the stars at one of the TOP 10 World famous beach clubs Carpe Diem Beach. You can also party it up in July during the Ultra Europe Festival.
Enjoy the taste of the Mediterranean and the authentic Dalmatian cuisine - from fresh seafood, high-quality olive oil to exceptional wine. Grab a bite in town, or take a boat to the Marinkovac Island & enjoy the food & drinks in an idyllic setting at the Antonio Patak Restaurant.
Tours & Outdoor Activities
Explore the numerous hiking & biking paths, book a wine tour or take a day trip to one of the nearby islands – all that and more awaits for you on Hvar.