After a quick overnight stop in Split, Carleigh and I made our way by ferry to the island port of Hvar. It was easy to immediately fall in love with the town; the water is bluer than the sky and the city square is vibrant with activity and architecture. We lucked out with our rented apartment as it was just blocks from the main square, but located on a hill overlooking the city. The outdoor patio had an incredible view of the Spanish fortress and old city walls across the way. Overall, an absolutely perfect location for dinner and wine every evening.
Although Hvar is an island itself, the thing to do here is visit other, smaller islands during the day. A water taxi costs roughly $8 and takes 10-15 minutes to transfer you to the destination of your choice. Carleigh and I met up with my Aussie friend (whom I met in Thailand), Angelique, and took a taxi to Mlini beach off the coast of Hvar. It's here tanned bodies lined the rocky beaches, taking turns cooling off in the crystal clear waters. Yachts lay anchored just beyond the shore and small boats putter in to frequent the local beach restaurants and bars. A lazy afternoon in the sun was filled with people watching, swimming, and enjoying the view.
At night, Hvar shakes off the heat of the day to welcome throngs of yacht week enthusiasts, families, and young tourists. The restaurants are busy and each bar spills their people and music into the city streets. Since, again, island hopping is the thing to do in Hvar, we spent an evening on the island of Carpe Diem. The taxi to and from the island boasted beautiful night views and a refreshing breeze, and the evening beach club was a fun change of pace.
My top recommendations for Hvar include eating at Fig off the city square (a must), exploring nearby islands during the day, and heading to Hula Hula or Carpe Diem to enjoy the vibrant nightlife. As sad as I am to leave Hvar, I'm already mentally planning a return trip!