The main city of Hvar, which shares the name of the island, is a small and peaceful
medieval town with only 4,000 inhabitants. However, during the busiest season of tourism,
the medieval streets and lovely beaches of Hvar host more tourists than local people,
which makes the cityscape of Hvar quite international, with luxury yachts and
The name HVAR is without doubt Greek in origin, from Pharos (lighthouse). From it the
Romans derived the name Pharia. The Dalmatian Romans then derived from this Fara, and the
newly settled Croats in the early Middle Ages changed this to Hvar.
Hvar, the island in Adriatic Sea , is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island and
one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is a part of the central Dalmatian
archipelago with the area of 299.6 sq km (length 68.2 km, width up to 10.5 km) and
population of 11,459 inhabitants. Hvar Island is administratively part of the
Split-Dalmatia county in Dalmatia, Croatia.
The island is characterised by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine.
Gentle and moist winters (January Hvar has an average temperature of 8.4° C) have many
advantages, long other things enabling winter tourism in Hvar. Hvar has an annual
average of 7.7 hours sunshine per day and 3.8 hours of cloud.
Wine, lavender and honey have long been the main peasants' produce in Hvar. Wine from
Hvar and other Dalmatian areas were successfully exported to France and then Hungary
from 1870 until 1894, when phylloxera devastated the majority of Dalmatian vine yards.
Then, in the first decades of the 20th century large numbers of islanders emigrated
to North and South America. People from Hvar became the pioneers of wine growing in
California and still participate a great deal in the production of wine there.
Today economy is based on tourism, fishing, farming, viticulture, olive growing and
especially on cultivation of rosemary and lavender.
Friendly people, well-indented coast, numerous picturesque and intact beaches and
bays, virgin nature, very rich historical and cultural inheritance, the scents of
lavender, olive trees and wine are the reasons that island Hvar welcomes more and
more tourists each year.
Hvar Google map
Tourism industry in Hvar is rising, which means comfortable services are well available.
However, Hvar is still quite far from being one of the hot spots for tourism in Europe,
which makes the destination even better. You can stay in comfortable hotels in Hvar, and
enjoy the excellent food and restaurants in Hvar without crowds, enjoying the natural
beauty and fresh air of the island, which is particularly refreshing because of the
lavender. Hvar is a safe place to travel to, where English is understood by many locals.
Nightlife in Hvar is quite active, and offers attractions to many tastes. Especially
during the summermonths, when tourism in Hvar has a high season, local bars and restaurants
are filled with people. Particularly outdoor terraces such as Carpe Diem bar are popular
places for nightlife in Hvar.