How to get there: Depending where you are from, the most convenient and fastest route would be to fly into Split, Croatia. Then you have to get a ferry from Split to Hvar. The uber from Split airport to the ferry port is about 30 min and then the ferry to Hvar is about an hour. I would not buy your fairy ticket in advance, because if you have any delays then you are screwed. There are 2 main Ferries that run almost every half hour- The Jadrolinija and Krilo . Since it takes about 2 hours minimum to get to the island of Hvar, I would be conscious of when you book your flight out of Split- or spend a night in Split on either end of your trip. I think a maximum of 1 night in Split is more than enough and a minimum of 3 nights in Hvar.
Where to stay: We have been to Hvar twice and stayed once in a hotel and once in an airbnb.
Luxury option:: Our first time around we stayed at Hotel Podstine. This was a beautiful hotel further away from city center, but still only a 20 minute walk along the water. It was oceanfront with an amazing pool and incredible views. Breakfast was included, but was a bit pricey for the room you get. If you want all the convenience of a hotel and seclusion from the tourist part of Hvar then I highly suggest this.
Cheaper option: Airbnb, this year we stayed at an Airbnb hosted by Ela Maija. It was incredible. Located above Hula Hula beach club, with an amazing view, the apartment had everything you needed and a nice balcony to have breakfast on with amazing views. Only a 15 min walk into town, the location couldn’t have been better. On top of that, the homeowner actually picked us up and dropped us off at the port. The price per night was great, would highly recommend this.
Day 1: Depending when you get in on the ferry it’s likely you really only have a half day your first day here. Since we settled in around 2pm we went straight for lunch and drinks at Hula Hula beach club. This place is primarily a party beach club at night but it has amazing oceanside seating and good drinks. Food is ok, but the vibes make up for what it lacks in food. Definitely come here for sunset drinks and partying from 6pm onward.
Dinner: Dalmatino. We went here based off of a lot of recommendations from other websites saying it was the best. Unfortunately, this was not the case for us. The service was very nice, however after ordering, our meal arrived within 10 minutes. We had a 3 course meal within a span of 40 minutes. This felt like more of a fast food restaurant, rather then one of the nicest spots in town. While the location is great, the staff are lovely, the food was just ok- I would pass on this one.
Rent four wheelers. We rented four wheelers for the day, you get it from 10:00am-7:00pm for $80. This gives you the whole day to explore the stunning island. You can ask the people who rent the bikes for suggestions of where to go.
1st stop: We stopped in a small town called Milna first, just a 10 min quad ride from old town Hvar. The water is stunning here, it is a rock beach with a few cute restaurants/bars around it.
2nd stop: Dubovica beach. Stunning beach tiny secluded beach, it’s about a 15 minute walk down a mountain. There is one little bar at the bottom called dubovica beach bar where you can get beer and wine. Beware, this is also a rocky beach so bring something comfy to lay on and maybe some water shoes.
Lunch: Santa Marija in Dol. This is a super family run restaurant in the middle of nowhere wine country. Only about 10 minutes on four wheeler and was one of the best meals we had. Super fresh fish and produce they get from their own farm. Highly recommend. No reservation required.
Wine tour: Tomic Winery. This is some of the best wine I have ever had. You can take a tour of the winery and taste all the different grapes they have, with some light bites. Highly highly recommend doing this.
Jelsa: We stopped in the town of Jelsa for some ice cream. This is a gorgeous little port town, something straight out of Game of Thrones. Definitely make a stop here for some ice cream and a drink.
Dinner: Passarola. This was a stunning restaurant with an open air second floor, the service was amazing and the food was incredible. Great whole fish and wine. Highly recommend. Make a reservation.
Day 3: Boat day. One of my favorite activities when on an island is to have a private boat tour. It’s the best way to see the most the island has to offer. We go the boat from 10:00am- 7:00pm for $400. It is pricey, but well worth it. You can tell the captain you want private, secluded beaches and they will take you exactly there. One of our first stops, which we had explored 2 years previously is the island of Vis. It is one of the only islands with sand beaches. There is absolutely nothing there, just a tiny private beach. Highly recommend going to just chill out for a little. Then have the driver take you around to more private beaches around the island.
Lunch: Moli onte in Milna. This has to be on my top 10 favorite restaurants in the world. We came here 2 years ago and have been dreaming of it ever since. The woman who runs it is the sweetest lady and asks you what you like, and will bring you exactly that. They have HUGE pans of fresh fish cooked in oil, veggies and potatoes. It is seriously enough to feed a family of 6. It is one of the freshest and tastiest meals I have ever had. The rose is fantastic also, with views overlooking the stunning water- this is an absolute must.
Dinner: Giaxa. Thankfully we saved the best dinner for last. This was better than we had remembered it being years ago. The scallops, lobster linguini and monkfish were all incredible. The soufle to end was perfect and they have a great wine selection. Nestled in the beautiful streets of Hvar, this place is a definite repeat.
Day 4: Departure day
Make sure you have enough time to get on a ferry and to the airport in Split. We left Hvar 4 hours prior to our departure time so we could have lunch in Split before heading up to the airport- because there is absolutely NOTHING in the Split airport- so you want minimal time there.
Lunch: Villa Spizza. This came as a recommendation from a friend, and it did not disappoint. This was one of the best meals we had on the trip. Everything was super fresh, the seafood pasta and Monkfish were incredible. If you have any time in Split I would suggest coming here.