Hvar is a truly gorgeous destination. The city is the perfect example of the Croatian Renaissance, a city full of white houses with red clay roofs huddled together in the shadow of a dominating medieval castle all overlooking perfect emerald waters. At sunset, the city lights up in a golden gleam that makes the city looks like it is on fire. All of this is perfectly matched with a desirable Mediterranean climate with warm summers and temperate winters. The island itself gets more than 2700 hours of sun a year, and is the sunniest island in Croatia. It’s truly an incredible place to visit!
Add tot he beautiful nature and architecture the fact that this is a well-established holiday location, and you’ll find everything you need in Hvar. There are a variety of excellent eateries, sports opportunities (kitesurfing, anyone?), spas, museums and ancient ruins. Really the only thing missing from Hvar is you!
If you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust, read on and find out more about this fantastic island.
Important dates in Croatia
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- January 6 – Epiphany
- Mid-April – Easter
- May 1 – Labor Day / May Day
- June 15 – Corpus Christi
- June 22 – Day of Antifascist Struggle
- June 25 – Statehood Day
- August 5 – Homeland Thanksgiving Day
- August 15 – Assumption of Mary
- October 8 – Independence Day
- November 1 – All Saints’ Day
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day
If you are planning a trip in coming years, click here to find holiday dates that might shift annually
- At least 10% of the land in Croatia is made up of 8 national parks, 11 nature parks and two nature reserves.
- The hit HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed on the Dalmatian coast in Split and Dubrovnik.
- Hvar is Croatia’s sunniest island getting more than 2700 hours of sunlight last year!
Good to know
In 2013, Croatia became a member of the European Union, however it is still not a part of the Schengen Area. This means that immigration controls still take place, but travelers from another EU state are exempt from rigorous custom checks.
The EU residents are welcome to enter with a valid identity card or passport. Many other foreign nationals are welcome to enter the country with a valid passport for up to 90 days. Check the policy in place for your home country.
Culture and Etiquette in Hvar
Croats are incredibly proud of their heritage and call their country “Our Beautiful Homeland”– also, the title of the national anthem. The sense of nationalism comes from their long and rich culture, as well as a legacy of foreign invasion and great control. When visiting here, be polite and courteous. Learn a few Croatian words, and impress the locals. Of course, you will not be fluent (Croatian is widely known as one of the hardest languages for Westerners to learn), but citizens like to see an effort to embrace the culture. Follow a sensible, respectful demeanor, and everything will be fine.
There are no rules in particular concerning dress codes, which means you have the right to expression. Croatians aren’t afraid to wear bold colors. This fashionable attire looks great against the Adriatic Sea. Croatia is hot, hot, hot during the summer months, so make sure to pack your sunscreen!
Out of respect, do wear longer, more formal clothing when visiting museums and churches, as this is always a good idea. Remember, we do not want to minimize the beauty around us with distracting outerwear.
Following an upscale dining or bar experience, tip 10-15% gratuity, as it is expected. Otherwise, it is considered polite, but not mandatory to leave coins from your change on the table in cafes and restaurants.
Religion and politics are sizzling topics to avoid, almost universally. In Croatia, stay away from discussing Croat-Serb relations or anything related to the War for Independence, unless you feel extremely confident in your wisdom regarding the topic.