When I think of heaven, a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea immediately comes to mind – Hvar. A two-hour ferry ride from Split, Croatia, the island of Hvar is a paradise that is remote enough for a weekend retreat yet close enough to easily get to mainland Croatia.
I arrived on the island early in May, the perfect time to avoid the incoming tourist season yet still soak in the warm weather. While most people venture to Hvar City for its party atmosphere, I opted for the quieter, more peaceful location of Stari Grad. The town is one of the oldest settlements in Europe with neolithic tribes occupying present-day Stari Grad between 3500 BC and 2500 BC. In 384 BC, the ancient Greeks officially established the town and it has been inhabited ever since.
Stari Grad Harbor
The harbor of Stari Grad is a leisure and easy walk that provides wonderful views of quaint fishing villages, old stone buildings, and the bluest teal water. Lining the streets around the harbor are delicious, authentic restaurants with some of the freshest food you could ever imagine!
While sandy beaches are far and few on the island of Hvar, there is a wonderful secret beach less than a 20 minute walk from the center of Stari Grad (see map below). Bring a towel, lounge on the huge slab of stone, and admire the crystal clear water surrounding this gorgeous island.
Old Architecture of Stari Grad
Before catching my ferry back to mainland Croatia, I spent my final morning exploring the stone streets, overgrown gardens, and secret passageways of this ancient town. Ushering in May, the town was lush and green with everything in bloom!
This heavenly island of Hvar and the town of Stari Grad have completely stolen my heart. I daydream several times a week about when I’ll next be able to vacation in this paradise. Enjoy this perfect weekend escape from mainland Croatia and fall in love with Hvar!
+ STAY: At this clean and convenient Airbnb in the center of Stari Grad: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1020990
+ TRANSPORTATION: Make sure to check the ferry times beforehand! They run a limited schedule until the middle of May. When on the island, rent a car! Scooters tend to be really unsafe on the island and bus transportation is almost non-existent.