Follow The Gap Map itinerary found on the main Europe page and you can catch a bus from Budva in Montenegro to travel across the Croatian boarder into Dubrovnik. From there, hop on another bus to Drvenik. This is where you will find the ferry which gets you to the island of Hvar. The ferry wharf in Hvar is called Stari Grad. Keep this in mind when booking tickets online. You will find that booking the ferry tickets online can be cheaper than booking them on the day in the office. Also, you can be sure that you have secured a spot on board. During peak season the boats can be fully booked.
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All photos in Hvar were taken by my travel companion and talented photographer @caley.jean
Ultra Music Festival is Hvars biggest event of the year held at the stunning Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort. The lineup is yet to be announced for this phase of the festival but Ultra never disappoints! Get your tickets fast before they sell out and book your accommodation well in advance.
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If you get some time to relax, wander the cobbled streets of Hvars old town and explore the paths that lead around the harbours edge.
Mlini Beach is one of the less crowded spots in Hvar for swimming if you’re after some peace and quiet.
Dubovica is another beach option to beat the crowds. Get the bus in the direction of Stari Grad but tell the bus driver you want to get off at Dubovica. It always helps to ask the driver if he can let you know when to get off as it is easy to miss this stop. The descent to the beach is quite steep so you may want to wear comfortable walking shoes. There are beautiful views on the way down and the small track is what keeps this little beach hidden from the rest of the tourists!
When arriving by ferry it is very common to disembark at Hvar and be surrounded by locals holding signs to rent rooms. This gives you the opportunity to stay with a local, often in a clean apartment for less than what a hotels cost. These houses often have outdoor terraces with views of the ocean. Of course the risk is that you can’t book it until you show up on the day. There is also a language barrier so familiarise yourself with the Kuna and it’s exchange rate so you know what you’re paying.
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Shaka Hostel is the best hostel in Hvar. With friendly staff and festive atmosphere you will definitely have a good time here. Featuring a spacious seaside view and outdoor terrace with BBQ, where you can meet other guests, listen to music, read a book or grab a beer from the bar. Every night there are usually happy hours in the hostel. After you can tag along on their nightly pub crawl and get free shots and discounted drinks in Hvar’s best bars. Cost is around 11 Euro for a dorm and 15 Euro for a private. Book
Villa Dinka has a pool and a sea view so it’s worth the hike up the hill. Pizzas are about 40Kuna or 5 Euro and there is a mixed BBQ grill for around 80Kuna or 10 Euro which is also good value. Sometimes you can even find them cooking things like lamb on the spit.
Dinka Kovacevica 14 | 21450 Hvar
Marinero is located in a nice square near St Marks church and is probably the most affordable place for seafood which is the local specialty in Hvar. Try the mixed seafood platter for around 155Kuna or 20 Euro, which serves two people (10 Euro a head).
Sveti Marak 9, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450
Bistro For is on a backstreet away from the crowds. It’s a favourite for simple but good quality food on a budget. The pasta is home made. Get a three-course meal for around 50-60 Kuna or 7 Euro.
Braće Bibić 17, hvar, Croatia.
Stari Mlin is a good one to try if you are staying in the Stari Grad port area. There are cheap set menus and the best lamb chops!
21460 Stari Grad | Petra kunicica 3, Hvar
Hula Hula Bar is the best place to drink with an amazing view. It’s right on the water and definitely the best place to go in the late afternoon. Catch those last rays in your swimmers before the sun goes down and enjoy some ice cold drinks. Prices here vary. A lot of the menu items aren’t cheap but there are a few budget options. There are glasses of wine for around $3 – $4 Euro as well as the Snack Tower, which is a good ‘Gap Snack’! It’s around $25 Euro and can be shared between two people. You get a tower of chicken wings, chips and dip, satays and salads. Enjoy and get ready to kick off the night.
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Carpe Diem is by no means the cheapest bar in Hvar but it’s a must see. Experience this at least once on your trip to Hvar even if it’s just for one drink. It’s on the main strip and is often visited by celebrities so you never know who you may see there.
Riva (HVAR) City, 21450 Hvar
Other popular clubs include Kiva, Aloha and Nautica all located very close together.