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Hvar is the jewel in Croatia’s crown. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe with its rolling hills, pristine beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, incredible architecture, delectable cuisine, and boisterous nightlife.

But a visit to this island paradise doesn’t come cheap! That is why we put together this guide for where to stay in Hvar, Croatia.

This insider’s guide will help you find the best town or village to stay in Hvar for your visit.

Our expert travel guides will share their hidden gems and best-kept-secrets, some of which will really surprise you! By the end of this article, you’ll be able to book your dream Hvar vacation with confidence and ease.

Read on to discover our recommendations for where to stay in Hvar.

 

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Hvar

  • Where to stay in Hvar first time – Stari Grad
  • Where to stay in Hvar on a budget – Jelsa
  • Best area to stay in Hvar for nightlife – Hvar Town
  • Coolest place to stay in Hvar – Zavala
  • Best neighborhood in Hvar for families – Milna

 

In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:

Stari Grad
Stari Grad is the oldest town on the island. It is a charming medieval village with winding cobblestone streets, pine trees and lavender lined lanes and stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.
Places to Visit:
  • Go for a swim or watch the sunset at Lanterna Bruna
  • Dine at Antika and enjoy authentic Croatian dishes
  • Enjoy a nice meal with an amazing view at Eremitaž

 

Where to Stay in Hvar

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Hvar.

 

Best Hostel in Hvar: The White Rabbit Hostel

The White Rabbit Hostel is our choice for the best hostel in Hvar. Set at the center of the town, this hostel has great bars, clubs, restaurants, and beaches at its doorstep.

The rooms are bright and spacious. It has a common room, book exchange, hot showers and an on-site bike rental.

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Best Airbnb in Hvar: Double Private Room

A light and airy double room with a balcony right in the heart of Stari Grad. The view, as you can see in the photos, is absolutely fantastic. Free parking space, WiFi, and A/C. Charming private homely space on the first floor of a family house. The room is equipped with a queen-size bed, bedside tables, wardrobe, table, two chairs, fridge, kettle, plates, and cutlery for preparing breakfast. There is another table with two chairs on the balcony.

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Best Hotel in Hvar: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

This upscale, beautiful four-star hotel is located amongst the vibrancy and action in Hvar Town, our pick for the best area to stay for nightlife and restaurants. This hotel is close to town’s best bars, clubs and restaurants.

Here is what really sets this hotel apart: access to a saltwater swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. There’s even an on-site beauty salon and nightclub!

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Best Apartment in Hvar: Apartments Jerkovic

The Apartments Jerkovic is our pick for the best apartments and hotel on Hvar Island. Located close to the city centre of Stari Grad, this property is a short walk to tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and beaches.

It boasts a swimming pool, terrace and stylish lounge. Each room has a kitchenette, so you can cook meals at home, and private bathroom.

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Hvar Neighborhood Guide

Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Hvar

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Stari Grad

  • Stari Grad is the oldest town on the island. It is a charming medieval village with winding cobblestone streets, pine trees and lavender lined lanes and stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.
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Jelsa

  • Jelsa is a small, picturesque town located on the north coast of Hvar. It is connected to Split and nearby Bol by ferry. There is limited public transit in Jelsa, so unless you plan to rent a bike or explore on foot, we recommend you hire a car.
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Hvar Town

  • For glitz, glamour and legendary nightlife, look no further than Hvar Town. The island’s main hub, Hvar Town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, one-of-a-kind shops, and historic landmarks. It also has a beautiful waterfront promenade and incredible beaches
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Zavala

  • Set on island’s southern coast is the small harbour town of Zavala – one of the coolest villages in Hvar.
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Milna

  • Milna is a small village located on the southern coast of the island just six kilometres east of Hvar Town. Set in a protected cove, Milna is home to sandy beaches, charming streets, and a small pine forest.
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Hvar is an island of stunning natural beauty and is one of the most incredible islands in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia.

Boasting more than 2,700 hours of sunlight each year, its no wonder this amazing island attracts vacationing celebrities, socialites and royalty from around the world.

There’s plenty to see and do in Hvar, from dining on delectable Croatian cuisine to exploring the island’s rich history and dancing the night away under stars.

Located nearly 45 kilometres off the coast of Split, the island of Hvar covers 300 square kilometres. It is divided into four administrative districts, which are home to a number of distinct and diverse towns and villages.

Hvar Town is the main town on the island. Located on the west coast, Hvar Town is famous for its vibrant and exciting nightlife, pristine beaches and incredible cuisine. Home to a ferry port, this is one of the most accessible parts of the island.

Travel east and you’ll arrive in Milna. A traditional Croatian village, Milna is a great destination for those seeking lazy days spent at the beach. Here you’ll find turquoise waters, pebbled land, and lots of waterside fun!

Head northeast to Stari Grad. This is the oldest town on the island and is an ideal base for culture vultures. Here you’ll find many historic sights, cultural landmarks, and plenty of nature to explore.

To the east of Stari Grad is Jelsa, where you’ll find great beaches, delicious restaurants and a handful of inexpensive accommodations.

Continue travelling east and you’ll pass through Humac, Poljica, and Bogomolje en route to Sucuraj, the smallest town on the island.

Still not sure where to stay in Hvar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered below!

 

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5 Best Towns to Stay in Hvar

Now let’s take a look, in more detail, at the five best towns and villages on Hvar Island. Each is a little different than the last so be sure to pick the town that’s right for you.

 

1. Stari Grad – Where to Stay in Hvar for the First Time

Stari Grad is the oldest town on the island. It is a charming medieval village with winding cobblestone streets, pine trees and lavender lined lanes and stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.

This small village boasts a great mix of history, tradition and modern amenities. It has a lot to offer history buffs, including historic landmarks, ancient sights, and interesting museums.

Stari Grad is also packed with plenty of natural beauty, including Stari Grad Plain. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stari Grad Plain is a lush and verdant green space with carefully preserved walls and crops of grapes and olives.

Stari Grad is easily accessible by car ferry from Split and is connected to Hvar Town by public bus.

Stari Grad, Hvar

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Things to See and Do in Stari Grad

– Explore Stari Grad Plain, an agricultural landscape established by Greek colonists in the 4th-century BC.

– Eat incredible seafood at Jurin Podrum.

– Go for a swim or watch the sunset at Lanterna Bruna,

– Climb to the top of Glavica Hill and take in the incredible views of Stari Grad, the sea and beyond!

– Visit Tvrdalj Castle, a beautiful Renaissance building used as the summer residence of Croatian poet Petar Hektorovic in the 16th-century.

– Dine at Antika and enjoy authentic Croatian dishes.

– See the Church of St. Stephen.

– Enjoy a nice meal with an amazing view at Eremitaž.

 

Best Hostel in Stari Grad: Sunce Hostel

This wonderful hostel is located near the centre of Stari Grad. The area is quiet and calm, and there are plenty of restaurants and shops nearby. It has single, double and triple rooms with comfortable and clean beds. This hostel has a restaurant, a dining room, and a relaxing rest area.

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Best Airbnb in Stari Grad: Double Private Room

A light and airy double room with a balcony right in the heart of Stari Grad. The view, as you can see in the photos, is absolutely fantastic. Free parking space, WiFi, and A/C. Charming private homely space on the first floor of a family house. The room is equipped with a queen-size bed, bedside tables, wardrobe, table, two chairs, fridge, kettle, plates, and cutlery for preparing breakfast. There is another table with two chairs on the balcony.

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Best Hotel in Star Grad: Hotel Pharos Stari Grad

The Hotel Pharos is a charming and quaint two-star hotel in Stari Grad. A short walk to the town centre, this hotel is close to Stari Grad’s top tourist attractions as well as restaurants and bars.

There is a stunning pebble beach with crystal clear turquoise waters nearby, and plenty of nature to explore.

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Best Hotel in Star Grad: Apartments Jerkovic

The Apartments Jerkovic is our best recommendation for where to stay in Stari Grad. Located close to the town centre, this property is a short walk to tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and beaches.

It boasts a swimming pool, terrace, and stylish lounge. Each room has a kitchenette and private bathroom.

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2. Jelsa – Where to Stay in Hvar on a Budget

Jelsa is a small, picturesque town located on the north coast of Hvar. It is connected to Split and nearby Bol by ferry. There is limited public transit in Jelsa, so unless you plan to rent a bike or explore on foot, we recommend you hire a car.

Jelsa is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Nestled between the two highest mountains on the island, this small village is packed with plenty of green space and hiking trails.

It is also a good base for travellers on a budget. Considerably cheaper than Hvar Town, here you’ll find a handful of inexpensive hotels and budget apartment accommodation options.

Jelsa, Hvar

 

Things to See and Do in Jelsa

– Dig into a delicious burger at the Flying Pig restaurant.

– Dive deep into Jelsa’s history at the Jelsa Municipal Museum.

– Take a stroll through relaxing Jelsa Park.

– Eat fresh and delicious seafood at Me & Mrs Jones.

– Spend a day lounging in the sun on one of Jelsa’s incredible beaches.

– Climb to the tops of St. Nikola and Hum mountains, Hvar’s two tallest peaks, and enjoy panoramic views of the island and the sea.

– Enjoy great food and a wonderful ambience at Konoba Nono.

– Wander through Pjaca, one of Jelsa’s most beautiful squares.

– Sample local wines and tour the vineyards at the Vina Tomic.

 

Best Hostel in Jelsa: Sunce Hostel

This is the closest hostel to Jelsa. Located just a short 15-minute drive away in Stari Grad, this hostel is close to top attractions, great restaurants and pristine nature.

It has a quiet and relaxing environment so you can sleep peacefully. There is an on-site restaurant, a dining room, and a tranquil rest area.

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Best Airbnb in Jelsa: Modern Private room with terrace

Private room for 2 or 3 guests with a private bathroom and terrace with a great view overlooking the Pakleni Islands. This place is managed by four sisters, and the property is their family house. Their goal is to make you feel relaxed and comfortable in their house like it’s your own.

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Best Hotel in Jelsa: Villa Vista

This great three-star property is ideally located in Jelsa. Close to the village centre, this property is also a short drive to Stari Grad and Hvar Town.

Villa Vista has a sun deck, terrace and bicycle rentals. Each apartment is outfitted with a refrigerator, kitchenette and coffee/tea facilities.

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Best Hotel in Jelsa: Apartments and Rooms Dobrila

Apartments and Rooms Dobrila is one of our top picks for where to stay in Jelsa. This property is surrounded by nature. It is quiet and serene and has a swimming pool, playground, and a sundeck.

The rooms are comfortable and spacious, and each has a kitchenette, private bathroom and coffee maker.

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3. Hvar Town – Where to Stay in Hvar for Best Nightlife

For glitz, glamour and legendary nightlife, look no further than Hvar Town.

The island’s main hub, Hvar Town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, one-of-a-kind shops, and historic landmarks. It also has a beautiful waterfront promenade and incredible beaches.

Hvar Town is one of the most popular party destinations in the Adriatic. It’s where you’ll find great bars, vibrant clubs, and plenty of places to dance the night away.

On the island’s west coast, Hvar Town is connected to the mainland via ferry and speedboat. There is also a bus that runs between Stari Grad and Hvar; however, we recommend you rent a car if you’d like to explore outside of the town.

Hvar Town, Hvar

 

Things to See and Do in Hvar Town

– Bask in the sunshine at Dubovica, a stunning beach just a short walk from the town centre.

– Climb to the top of Fortica, a medieval castle that sits high above the city and has stunning views out over the island and the sea.

– Sip great drinks at Carpe Diem.

– Dance the day and night away on the beach at the Hula Hula Hvar beach bar.

– Enjoy great music and a super fun night out at Kiva Bar.

– Eat authentic Croatia food and enjoy a few drinks at charming Konoba Menego.

 

Best Hostel in Hvar Town: The White Rabbit Hostel

The White Rabbit Hostel is our best recommendation for where to stay in Hvar Town. Set at the centre of the town, this hostel has great bars, clubs, restaurants and beaches at its doorstep.

The rooms are bright and spacious. It has a common room, book exchange, hot showers and an on-site bike rental.

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Best Airbnb in Hvar Town: Charming one bedroom

This charming stone wall studio apartment is just a 5-minute walk from the ferry with a view of the marina. The location gets even better, 10 minutes to the Spanish Fortress, and a 30-minute walk to the beach. Another plus is that all furniture and equipment is brand new. A complete renovation took place in 2018.

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Best Hotel in Hvar Town: Park Hotel Hvar

The Park Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels on the Island – and it’s our best recommendation for where to stay in Hvar Town.

Just steps from the town centre, this hotel is ideally located for exploring Hvar. It has beautiful views, stylish rooms, and a breakfast buffet offered daily.

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Best Hotel in Hvar Town: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

This trendy four-star hotel is located at the heart of Hvar Town. It is a stone’s throw from the town’s best bars, clubs and restaurants.

It has a number of wellness facilities including a saltwater swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. There’s even an on-site beauty salon and nightclub!

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4. Zavala – Coolest place to stay in Hvar

Set on island’s southern coast is the small harbour town of Zavala – one of the coolest villages in Hvar.

At first glance, Zavala is a quiet and relaxed town, but only scratch the surface and you’ll find it has a great culture, wonderful atmosphere, and a variety of holiday fun!

Zavala is one of the best locations on the island for a peaceful beach holiday. With a myriad of beaches to explore, you can enjoy golden pebbles, clear turquoise waters, and incredible views without the large crowds and tourist traps.

Zavala is also an area famous for its amazing white wine, bogdanjuša, whose grapes grow in the vineyards surrounding the village.

Zavala, Hvar

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Things to See and Do in Zavala

– Enjoy great food and drinks at Konoba Ivo, a traditional Croatian tavern.

– Eat amazing dishes while looking out over the sea at Restaurant Davor.

– Spend a relaxing day lounging in the sun and swimming in the surf at Zavala beach.

– Hike to the Church of St. Leopolda Mandica, which sits above the city.

– Hop across the water and take a day trip to Šcedro island, where you’ll find lush nature, beautiful beaches, great swimming and delicious restaurants.

– See an amazing view as you sample excellent cocktails at Terra Nova.

 

Best Hostel in Zavala: Cast Away – Eco Village

Located a short drive east of Zavala is the Cast Away – Eco Village. This one-of-a-kind property lets guests get back to nature and enjoy the pure life undisturbed.

It has beach huts, hammocks and incredible views of the stars and the sea. There are self-catering facilities and a great outdoor terrace.

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Best Airbnb in Zavala: Seaview apartment with 2 bedrooms

This amazing property is located only steps away from the sea. It is perfect for people looking to relax and spend their days on the beach unwinding. Beautifully decorated and fully equipped with everything you need for your stay, including an outdoor grill where you can barbecue overlooking the sea.

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Best Hotel in Zavala: Pansion Marjan

This three-star property is located in Zavala. A short drive from Hvar Town and Stari Grad, it is close to the island’s top attractions and beaches.

Comprised of 9 recently refurbished rooms, this property is comfortable and charming. Rooms have private bathrooms and kitchenettes. There is also an on-site restaurant and bar.

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Best Hotel in Zavala: Apartments Lancek

Apartments Lancek is a small and peaceful three-star property. It’s one of our top picks for where to stay in Zavala. This property has three rooms and is outfitted with a range of amenities.

It is a short drive from Hvar Town and Stari Grad, and there are a number of great beaches nearby.

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5. Milna – Where to Stay in Hvar for Families

Milna is a small village located on the southern coast of the island just six kilometres east of Hvar Town. Set in a protected cove, Milna is home to sandy beaches, charming streets, and a small pine forest.

This quaint and traditional village is perfect for families. It has two pristine beaches, perfect for building sand castles and playing in the sand. The waters are also calm and shallow, ideal for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

But there’s more to Milna than surfside fun. This charming villages also boasts a good variety of restaurants and cafes where you can sample fresh and delicious seafood and traditional Croatia fare.

Milna, Hvar

 

Things to See and Do in Milna

– See the Church of Our Lady of Annunciation, a beautiful church in the centre of town.

– Dine at Restaurant Milina, where the food is good and the views are amazing!

– Eat excellent dishes at Gostiona Kod Barba Bozjeg.

– Enjoy fresh and delicious seafood, vegetables, and more at Robinson restaurant.

– Hike along the coastline to Hvar Town where you’ll find deep coves and secluded beaches.

– Spend a day at Milna Beach, a public beach where you can relax on the sand or play in the surf.

– Take a boat ride from Milna to Hvar and see the island from another angle.

 

Best Hostel in Milna: ORANGE

The ORANGE hostel in Milna is an ideal base for families visiting Hvar. Just five minutes from the bus station and ferry, this hostel is close to the town’s best restaurants, shops and beaches.

They offer free wifi, free linens and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is also a laundry service, terrace and incredible sea views.

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Best Airbnb in Milna: 2 bedroom apartment with sea view

Beautifully decorated 2 bedroom apartment, each window has a stunning sea view. Welcome to Villa ForTudor! 50 meters from the beach, imagine a mixture of traditional and modern Dalmatian architecture, all the amenities that you would like to have while on vacation. The romantic atmosphere set up by the creativity of the owners makes it feel like home. A baby crib and highchair are available at request (subject to availability) and dogs are allowed free of charge.

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Best Hotel in Milna: Villa Tudor Milna

Villa Tudor is our top recommendation for where to stay in Milna, Hvar. It is a great choice for families as this property has large rooms outfitted with kitchenettes and refrigerators.

It has beautiful gardens, a gym, and an on-site laundry service. There are stunning beaches and lush nature nearby.

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Best Hotel in Milna: Apartments Marija Magdalena

Enjoy incredible views and comfortable accommodations at the Apartments Marija Magdalena. Located in the serene village of Milna, this property is close to Stari Grad, Hvar Town and all the island’s top attractions.

Each apartment has a refrigerator, kitchenette, and free internet access. There is also a terrace, in-house restaurant, and car rental desk.

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Hvar

Hvar is far and away one of the most spectacular islands in Europe. It has everything from verdant nature and charming villages to vibrant nightlife and excellent shopping.

Whether you want to lounge on the beach or dance until dawn, there’s something for everyone in Hvar. It’s no wonder Hvar is consistently rated one of the must see places in Croatia.

To recap; Hvar Town is our pick for the best village to stay in thanks to its exciting nightlife, great restaurants, and beautiful views. It’s also home to our favourite hostel, The White Rabbit Hostel.

Our pick for the best hotel is Apartments Jerkovic because of its on-site amenities and central location in Stari Grad.

Have we missed anything about Hvar? Let us know in the comments below!

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