Lush green hills, colorful plant life and bright blue waters make Hvar one of the most beautiful spots in Europe! The Croatian island has enjoyed a tourism boom over the past few years and it’s easy to see why. The laid back lifestyle and great scenery make it perfect for a relaxing getaway.
With tourism still being somewhat new in Croatia, and such a large variety of towns and villages across the island, figuring out the perfect place to stay in Hvar can be difficult. That’s where we come in!
We’ve created this guide to help you plan your upcoming trip to the Dalmatian island. We’ve used personal experience and expert travel resources to pick the seven best areas in Hvar, as well as the best accommodation!
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Hvar
- Stari Grad – Best neighborhood in Hvar for your first time
- Krizna Luka – Where to stay in Hvar close to everything
- Hvar Town – Where to stay in Hvar for nightlife
- Milna – Best neighborhood in Hvar for families
- Zavala – Where to stay in Hvar on a budget
- Jelsa – Best neighborhood in Hvar for couples
- Sucuraj – Best neighborhood in Hvar for local culture
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
Located right in the centre of Hvar Town, the White Rabbit Hostel is one of the best rated on the entire island! They offer fantastic facilities and have a very bright and sociable atmosphere. It is run by two travellers who know exactly what backpackers want from a hostel.
Best Budget Hotel in Hvar
Hvar is full of excellent guest houses which make great alternatives to hotels if you are on a budget! Guesthouse Dvoshko is in Krizna Luka, just south of Hvar Town. This gives you a peaceful base whilst also allowing you great access to the main tourist areas.
Best Luxury Hotel in Hvar
Located in Stari Grad, Hotel Antica is the pinnacle of luxury on Hvar! As it is adult-only, the hotel has a very peaceful atmosphere that allows you to have a calm experience. The large patio area overlooks the sea, giving you marvellous views. They also have an excellent buffet every morning.
Hvar 7 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in
Let’s take a look, in more detail, at the five best neighbourhoods in Hvar. Each caters to different interests, so be sure to pick the neighbourhood that’s right for you.
(Best neighbourhood in Hvar for your first time!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Stari Grad – head into the skies and jump all the way down again with Skydiving Tandem Hvar
- BEST place to visit in Stari Grad – visit Stari Grad Plain – a UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing the long history of the island
Stari Grad is a great hub if you are looking to discover typical culture on the island and truly feel like a local during your stay! This is the oldest town on Hvar, having been settled by the Greeks, Romans and Croatians. The Stari Grad Plain is an excellent place to learn about this varied history and popular attraction.
Aside from all of that, the streets themselves are gorgeous thanks to the lavender trees and medieval architecture! There are plenty of quaint restaurants and cafés to make you feel right at home. This is great for your first time as it gets you away from the main tourist areas and into the heart of the island.
- Marvel at Petar Hektorovic Castle – built by the eponymous poet during the Renaissance period
- Check out the untouched beauty of Kabal Peninsula – which can be easily accessed by boat from Stari Grad
- Enjoy well-priced drinks and great bar-style food at Lanterna Bruna, a popular nightlife spot with sunset views in the evening
- Sample local cuisine al fresco at Jurin Podrum, located right on the main streets with plenty of outdoor and indoor seating
- Visit Stari Grad Museum to discover local legends and history, as well as artwork from across Croatia
Best Hostel Stari Grad
This hostel is located in a calm area right in the centre of Stari Grad, allowing you to fully enjoy the excellent scenery and laid-back atmosphere of the town! There is a restaurant on-site, as well as a communal dining area for socialising with other guests. All rooms are private however very well priced.
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Best Budget Hotel in Stari Grad
Located just north of Stari Grad, the Hotel Arkada has excellent views across the sea and comes in at a great price! Surrounded by native forest, the secluded location gives the hotel a peaceful atmosphere, whilst still being within walking distance of central Stari Grad. There is a pool terrace on-site.
Best Luxury Hotel in Stari Grad
Hotel Antica is an adult-only accommodation, giving you peace and quiet away from the families and youth crowd! There is a large balcony area with views over the sea and surrounding hills. A buffet breakfast is provided every morning and comes with vegetarian options. Rooms are fully air conditioned.
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(Where to stay in Hvar close to everything!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Krizna Luka – take a trip to Galesnik Island for unparallelled views across Hvar and the Mediterranean
- BEST place to visit in Krizna Luka – visit Mekicevica, a more secluded beach based in the south perfect for avoiding the crowds
Krizna Luka is based in the south of Hvar Town and is an interesting place to stay if you are looking for something more local! It is well connected to the rest of the island, with many of the public transport stops of Hvar Town ending in Krizna Luka. This makes it the ideal destination if you are looking for a good base to explore further afield.
Krizna Luka can also be somewhat of a hidden gem in itself, with calm back streets and an easy going atmosphere based just a two-minute walk away from the centre of Hvar Town! The local restaurants are a great place to discover the island’s cuisine.
- Discover some well-priced local cuisine at Djordjota Vartal – a very unique restaurant a little bit off the tourist path
- Take a kayak tour around the island from AndAdventure Hvar Day Tours for a great alternative to the regular bus tours
- Visit the Franciscan Monastery – built in the 15th Century and overlooking the main harbour, it is an important historical and religious monument
- Sample some excellent seafood at Lungo Mare – another great restaurant for experiencing local life away from the tourist strips
- Head to Eywa Bar & Street Food if you are more interested in a secluded nightlife spot with excellent views across the harbour
Best Hostel Krizna Luka
This is one of the best social hostels located in Hvar, giving you great access to both Krizna Luka and the main nightlife strip in Hvar Town! The atmosphere is pretty laid-back, though there are plenty of activities arranged to help you meet other guests. There are outdoor terraces connected to the communal areas.
Best Budget Hotel in Krizna Luka
This is an excellent budget option in Krizna Luka that allows you to stay away from the main tourist areas of Hvar Town whilst still within easy walking distance! Free private parking is available for guests with a car – allowing you to explore the rest of the island with ease. A communal patio area provides views over the sea.
Best Luxury Hotel in Krizna Luka
This is perfect if you enjoy the homely feel of B&Bs but still want some added luxury touches! It comes with a pool on-site that is open year round. Rooms are fully air conditioned with a separate seating area and workspace. There is a complimentary breakfast every morning, with continental and vegetarian options.
(Where to stay in Hvar for nightlife!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Hvar Town – enjoy the unique nightlife at bars along the centre including Kiva Bar and Hula Hula Hvar
- BEST place to visit in Hvar Town – visit St Stephen’s Cathedral – an important historical and religious hub in the town
Hvar Town is the main centre of Hvar Island and where most of the ferries to Italy and Mainland Croatia stop. Chances are it is already included in your itinerary as it is often the only stop visitors make on the island! Though there are plenty of other great destinations outside of Hvar Town, we particularly recommend this area if you are keen on nightlife.
The nightlife here is much more laid-back than you will find in the larger towns of Europe, allowing you have an easy-going night out with cheap drinks, great music and plenty of opportunities to socialise with locals and other visitors!
- Head to Momo Beach Hvar, a calm waterfront bar providing you with cheap cocktails and excellent views
- Looking to unwind after a night out? Walk down to Dubovica Beach which has some excellent facilities
- Sample delicious local food, showcasing the depth of Croatian cuisine, at Konoba Menego
- Take a boat trip out into the harbour and further to the Pakleni Islands – we recommend Nautica Adventure for excellent rates
- Visit the Armoury – a historic shipyard with ties to all of the empires that once controlled Hvar, and a quirky theatre in the centre
Best Hostel Hvar Town
This hostel truly can’t be beaten for location in the centre of Hvar town! It has an excellent rating by previous guests thanks to the great level of hospitality and overall social atmosphere. The on-site bar serves well-priced drinks in the evening and a full breakfast in the morning. There is also high speed WiFi.
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Best Budget Hotel in Hvar Town
Surrounded by native plant life, and offering marvellous sea views, the Delfin Hvar Hotel is beautifully located a short walk away from Hvar Town! They offer high speed internet – making it a popular choice for those who need to stay connected. There is a continental breakfast provided every morning.
Best Luxury Hotel in Hvar Town
This is another luxurious B&B, and is only a minute walk away from the centre of Hvar Town. A large buffet breakfast is provided every morning, helping to set you up for a day of exploring – or recover from a night of partying! All rooms are fully air-conditioned with free WiFi.
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(Best neighbourhood in Hvar for families!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Milna – hike around the coastal areas of Milna to discover some hidden gems
- BEST place to visit in Milna – check out the Church of our Lady of Annunciation, right in the middle of Milna!
Located east of Hvar Town, Milna has a much more secluded feel and is perfect for families looking for a quiet getaway! The local atmosphere is very welcoming and allows you to get up close with Croatian culture and the rural way of life in the country.
There are plenty of excellent restaurants along Milna – especially if you like seafood! The hiking trail running through the city is somewhat off the beaten path, giving you a fantastic way to discover some of the island’s more secluded natural beauty areas. The small beach is also ideal for travellers with children, with plenty of excellent facilities.
- Head down to Milna Beach, a family friendly area with sun lounging areas and a more secluded feel than other beaches on the island
- Enjoy some sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine at Mala Milna, with an easy-going vibe and varied menu
- For a more local experience, head to Taverna Milna where Croatian cuisine is combined with Greek for some interesting dishes
- Take a private boat tour from Milna to other areas of the island – the most popular choice is Hvar
- If you’re interested in a luxury dining experience, head to Moli Onte who offer tables right next to the sea
Best Hostel Milna
Though located in Hvar Town, ORANGE is one of the closest hostels to Milna and offers easy access to the village by public transport! Away from the noise of central Hvar, this is a great option for families on a budget, or backpackers looking for some more peace and quiet.
Best Budget Hotel in Milna
This seaside resort is located right on the beach, giving you unparalleled views of the sea! There is a large pool area with sun loungers, as well as bike rentals and organised tours. The on-site restaurant serves varied cuisine inspired by Southern Europe, and there are table tennis and billiards facilities.
Best Luxury Hotel in Milna
There aren’t many splurge options in Milna, and unfortunately this hotel is adult only. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic option if you are travelling without kids as it provides a peaceful and exclusive atmosphere! The on-site restaurant offers a complimentary buffet breakfast, and the secluded pool area is right next to the beach.
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(Where to stay in Hvar on a budget!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Zavala – head on a boat trip to nearby Scedro Island for more natural beauty and great restaurants
- BEST place to visit in Zavala – visit Zavala Beach – a secluded beach offering great sun lounging facilities
Zavala is a small village on the south of the island with a very calm atmosphere and great beaches. The entire village is surrounded by vineyards that make the regional specialty – bogdanjusa wine! Zavala is great for budget travellers thanks to the cheap accommodation prices and excellent restaurants.
The nearby area can also be easily explored from Zavala – giving you a unique alternative to the more touristy areas surrounding Hvar Town! Scedro Island is easily accessed from Zavala and offers a new perspective on Croatian island life. The smaller villages surrounding Zavala also have some unique beaches.
- Enjoy some sumptuous Croatian cuisine at excellent prices at Konoba Ivo Tavern, right in the centre of town
- Head to the vineyards of the surrounding forests to discover local winemaking traditions and sample bogdanjusa
- More into cocktails? Terra Nova has you covered with some well priced cocktails and a small food menu to keep your stomach lined
- Hike along the trail to the Church of St Leopolda Mandica for incredible views across Zavala and the rest of Hvar
- For a more unique food experience, head to Restaurant Skalinada where many of the dishes are cooked over open flame
Best Hostel Zavala
The Cast Away Eco village is a truly unique experience just outside of Zavala! Located right on the beach, they offer beach huts and hammocks where you can admire the open skies. The village has a very communal atmosphere, allowing you to socialise with other guests during your stay.
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Best Budget Hotel in Zavala
This magnificent guesthouse has an excellent restaurant on-site that makes their own wine from local grapes! All rooms are fully air conditioned with private bathrooms, and many even offer balconies with views towards the sea. Free parking is available on-site – perfect if you have hired a car on Hvar.
Best Luxury Hotel in Zavala
This magnificent hotel has astounding views from the pool terrace with modern sun lounging facilities! Rooms are fully air-conditioned and come with flat screen TVs and international cable television. They offer both continental and buffet breakfasts every morning – the perfect start to the day.
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(Best neighbourhood in Hvar for couples!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Jelsa – head north to Bota Windsurfing Centre to try your hand at watersports
- BEST place to visit in Jelsa – visit Jelsa’s Cultural Centre – the Lapidary – and discover tombs dating back to the Roman era
Jelsa is a quaint town in the north of Hvar that offers excellent boat connections to Split. This makes it a popular stopover for visitors from the mainland and the perfect option for a couples getaway! The town is surrounded by fantastic, secluded beaches and also has some interesting historical churches.
Its distance from Hvar Town might seem inconvenient at first, but it also ensures that Jelsa is one of the most budget friendly destinations on Hvar! The beautiful scenery surrounding the town can be easily explored on foot – or by hiring a bike. We do recommend you hire a car if you are staying in the town and want to explore further.
- Unwind and admire the gorgeous views from Jelsa Park
- Take in a typical, rural Croatian square by visiting Pjaca – great for people watching or dining at a local restaurant
- Hike up to the Tor, a large church tower that offers excellent views north towards Jelsa and the sea
- Head out to Vina Tomic where you can learn how wine is produced on the island and taste a few samples while you’re there
- Head to the neighbouring villages to discover some of the most secluded beaches on the island – most are completely tourist free!
Best Accommodation for Backpackers in Jelsa
Villa Rosa is a small two star homestay that is perfect for either backpackers or young couples looking to save some money! Rooms come with either a patio or a balcony offering sea views and are fully air conditioned. There is a great barbecue area outside where you can socialise with guests and the hosts.
Best Budget Hotel in Jelsa
This quaint B&B is the perfect getaway for couples to Hvar! The romantic setting offers a large garden area with patios and seating areas. A continental breakfast is provided every morning, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. There is also parking available on-site if you have hired a car.
Best Luxury Hotel in Jelsa
Located just outside Jelsa, the Adriatiq Resort is located right on the coast with excellent views of the sea! There is a large swimming pool on-site, as well as a separate pool for kids and an excellent restaurant. Rooms come with balconies and kitchenettes, and there is a buffet breakfast provided.
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(Best neighbourhood in Hvar for local culture!)
- COOLEST thing to do in Sucuraj – explore the Perna Inlet – a beautiful natural park area located a five minute drive away
- BEST place to visit in Sucuraj – admire the sweeping views of the sea – and even of the mainland on a clear day – from Sucuraj lighthouse
Located on the far east of Hvar, Sucuraj offers the quickest connections to mainland Croatia. Despite this, it is left off most itineraries to the island and is great if you want to embed yourself in local culture! There are many excellent restaurants, cafes and small bars in Sucuraj just waiting to be explored by more adventurous travellers.
The surrounding area also has plenty of untouched natural beauty, with excellent beaches that are almost tourist free. Heading west to Perna Inlet is a rewarding experience with gorgeous pebble beaches and forested areas. If you want off the beaten path, this is the place to be!
- Visit Drvenik on the mainland – it’s only a short boat journey away and is quite a unique experience on the Dalmatian Coast!
- Both St Nicholas and St George church offer a unique insight into the importance of religion in the area and local history
- Fortica is perhaps the best seafood restaurant on the whole island, and offers seating right on the beach!
- For a more typical Croatian meal, visit Gusarka Luka in the town centre with a great terrace overlooking the main square
- Head to the local bars and check some of the listings in the town stores for folk nights to embed yourself in the local culture
Best Hostel Sucuraj
A mere two minute walk from the beach, this hostel will give you a great local experience whilst visiting the far east of Hvar! They offer mostly private rooms, however, these are budget friendly and come with excellent facilities. Free high speed WiFi is available throughout the hostel – perfect for digital nomads.
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Best Budget Hotel in Sucuraj
Sucuraj mostly offers apartments rather than hotels, and these are a great budget friendly option in the town! The complex comes with barbecue facilities that you can enjoy year round, and rooms are fitted with balconies giving you great views of either the sea or surrounding scenery.
Best Luxury Hotel in Sucuraj
Apartments in Sucuraj offer a variety of splurge apartment options across the area and in neighbouring towns! They all come with free WiFi and parking areas, as well as modern conveniences and luxury fittings. This particular option is located close to the centre and has a balcony.
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Hvar?
Hvar is a great destination to explore off the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia! Offering picturesque scenery wherever you go on the island, there are also plenty of recreational, nightlife and culinary experiences waiting to be had. We suggest you get there quick before the tourism grows even more!
For the best area, it has to be Hvar Town! Not only is it excellent for nightlife, but they also offer a huge range of local experiences and restaurants. It is well connected not just to the rest of the island, but to Croatia and Italy – making it perfect for multi-country itineraries.
We hope this guide has helped you find the perfect area in Hvar.
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