Hvar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Adriatic Sea. The 68 km long island is situated between Brač and Korčula islands and only 4,5 km away from the mainland. The surface of the island used to be covered by forests but today it is the home of wineyards, fig and olive plantation, lavendel and rosemary fields. The number of sunny hours is very high in Hvar.

The first inhabitants of the island were the Greek who called the island Pharos. The today's name origins in this Greek name. The three langest settlements are Hvar, Stari Grad and Jelsa.

The town of Hvar is situated in a protected inlet. The tourism of this place started as early as 1868. The 'Health Society' was founded in this year in order to make the island popular among tourists. This was the first organisation in Europe with this aim.

Getting here & around

Stari Grad port

By car

Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Šestanovac (road 39 and road 8) - Makarska (8) - Drvenik (ferry slip) - Sučuraj (Hvar)


exit Karamatići - Ploče (road 8) - Drvenik (ferry slip) - Sučuraj (Hvar)
Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Šestanovac   190 Kn

                      Zagreb – Karamatići    222 Kn

The centre of the island, Hvar town is connected to Sučuraj with a 77 km long road. At the border of the town the road forks. If you turn on the left shortly you reach a parking lot (parking 10 Kn / hour). From here it takes a 5 minute walk to get to the main square. The road passing by the parking lots leads up to the Spanish fortress.
If you choose to turn right at the junction, you get a residental area. Parking is free here but you have to walk approximately 15 minutes to reach the old town.

By bus

The bus station is situated next to the market, behind the cathedral. Buses operate between Hvar, Stari Grad and Jelsa at frequent times.

By ferry and boat

There are two ferry slips on the island: in Sučuraj and Stari Grad. Hvar is accessible only with boats (no cars).
Drvenik - Sučuraj (10-11 ferries daily)
Split - Stari Grad (7 ferries daily)      

Split - Hvar or Jelsa (catamaran)       

Ferry and ship rates

Tourist information


The tourist office can be found on the main square (Trg sv. Stjepana), in the building of the former granary (Fontik).
Tel: +385 21 741 059

internet: www.tzhvar.hr

e-mail: tzg-hvar@st.htnet.hr, info@tzhvar.hr
Working hours: Mon - Sat 8.00-14.00 and 15.00-20.00

                      Sun 8.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 20.00

Stari Grad
The tourist office is located at the marina, close to the town market.
Obala dr. Franja Tuđmana 1.

Tel: +385 21 765 763

internet: www.stari-grad-faros.hr

e-mail: tzg-stari-grad@st.t-com.hr

Franciscan monastery

Franciscan church

Sridnji Rat

The construction of the monastery started in 1461 and was allegedly ordered by the commander of the Venetian fleet, Piero Soranza who wished to express his gratitude by this way for surviving a storm. The monastery hosts a museum where Venetian masters' pictures from the 15-18th century are on display. An atlas from 1525 is also exhibited here. In the garden a centuries old cypress grows.

Benedictine monastery

Ulica Matija Ivanića

The museum within the walls of the monastery commemorates the famous Hvar poet, Hanibal Lucić.

Town loggia and Clock tower

Clock tower

The Clock Tower dates from 1466, it used to belong to the town wall. Under the Renaissance arches of the Town Loggia the Hotel Palace is situated.

Sv. Stjepana square

Szent Istvan Cathedral

The square stretching between the marina and the cathedral used to be a small bay. In the summer it is packed with tourists sitting at the terraces of cafés and restaurants. In the middle of the square a fountain can be found from the 15th century. Its side is adorned with a carved lion.

The St. Stephan's Cathedral is a baroque building with Italian masters' pictures, a carved canon chair and a treasury. It was built in the core of a church from the 6th century, its campanile stands separated. The neighbouring building is the Bishop's Palace which houses a museum today.



This building with the huge rounded arch was built on the shore of the former port (Mandrač) in 1292. It was called Arsenal and served as the dock of the arriving ships which swam under the arch. After the port was banked up and the building got a floor, it was used as a granary. On the first floor the oldest theatre in Europe was run.

Hektorović Palace


The uncompleted house of the Croatian writer attracts visitors with beautiful Gothic windows. It dates back to the 15th century.

The Spanish fortress

Spanish fortress

The fortress was built in 1579 following a gunpowder explosion which devastated the former fortress. This was comissioned by the Venetians in the 13th century to protect the bay for their ships.

Today it houses a museum, a restaurant and a wine shop. Also, it provides a beautiful panorama of the town and its surroundings.

Napoleon fortress

The summit of the Hill of St. Nicholas is crowned with this fort. The French built it between 1806 and 1810. Today it houses an observatory.

Stari Grad

Stari Grad

The oldest settlement on the island, the centre of the Greek Pharos. The remains of the town wall from the 4th century, the Roman mosaics, the ruins of early Christian churches and the Medieval old town beside the port reveal the rich history.

The castle of the philosopher and poet Petar Hektorović (Tvrdalj) dates back to the 16th century. It was restored in Baroque style two centuries later. In the garden, on the shore of the tiny lake the humanist poet spent most of his time. The building has a wing that was built for the poor and the travellers. The chapel is situated on the left, it bears the name of St. Roche. Do not miss to have a look onto the coffer ceiling.

The Dominican monastery (Kod Sv. Petra) was built in 1481 but was damaged seriously in a pirate attack. The enforced walls were built after this. The museum is open every day from 10 am until 12.30.

The Church of St. John can be found in Kod Sv. Ivana since the 12th century. It was built on the site of a former church from the 6th century whose baptistry is still visible.

The Cathedral of St. Stephen is quite new, it dates from 1605. Its interior is decorated with pictures of Italian masters. The campanile was built from the stones of the ancient Pharos.


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