Hvar - the island of dreams!
Step aside Split as Hvar has just blown you clean out the water! We arrived here and my aw nearly touched the floor…wow, just wow. Firstly, some logistics. It takes about 50 minutes to cross to Hvar via fast ferry and we bought our tickets from Krillo, costing $35NZD each. You can buy these online or from the ferry port.
Upon arrival we were greeted with crystal clear water, beaming sunlight which made this ancient town glow with vibrancy and charm. We are staying in and Air B n B again costing $34NZD per night and it’s about 2 minutes from the old town, and to be honest when we arrived, I already knew it’s made the top 5 for accommodations so far!
Hvar is Croatia’s sunniest capital and in the town are white-stoned Venetian renaissance buildings full of precious artworks, and you can potter around Hvar’s galleries, boutiques and cafes or stare open-mouthed at the gleaming super-yachts moored in the harbour. Lonely planet – my go to for quick explanations describes Hvar as ‘The island’s hub and busiest destination, Hvar Town is estimated to draw around 20,000 people a day in the high season. It’s amazing that they can all fit in the small bay town, where 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets’ – Yup, pretty accurate. Luckily, we are traveling in Low season so it’s busy but not too busy.
We set out on an adventure to the Spanjola Fortress, a pretty well preserves castle that we can see well from our bedroom balcony. Really easy to get to as you pass through the Porta di Datallo, you can ascend the steep stairway where we passed so many stopping to pant and then you will arrive to this Venetian fortress from the 1500s. It’s in very good shape considering its age, with walls, towers and tunnels to check out, however it costs $25NZD to enter so we admired the beautiful views for free from outside the castle.
We then wandered for about 30 minutes to Pokonji Dol beach which was totally aesthetically beautiful. The water remind me of French Polynesia and the people are warm, friendly and full of smiles. Even in October, Leo stripped down and went for a dip while I lay sunning my pale, Scottish white bod! We stayed soaking up the sun for about an hour before making our way to ‘Anna’s for a well-deserved beer.
So far, we explored the tip of Hvar and a few of it’s wondered by my goodness I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! The view from our apartment is totally spectacular, so beers and dinner on our balcony was a must to sit and watch the mesmerizing sunset.
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!