Hvar, Croatia : Sleep, Eat, Shop

Hvar was what we were expecting plus a thousand times. We loved staying on Hvar and wish our 3 nights were more like 5! The island is a destination for many Europeans for holiday and stag and hen parties. It’s an island of beautiful people, yachts, delicious food and authentic culture. Though the island is full of travelers, the locals that live in the homes above the main square keep the tradition of cooking famous Dalmatian recipes which you can smell from a far, they enjoy the company of their neighbors by sitting outside conversing and playing cards and keeping their businesses open by selling their crafted goods. Hvar revolves around boats….taxi boats, holiday boats, fishing boats and ferries. In the next two posts (yes, we are tributing two posts to Hvar since we loved it SOOO much), we will be sharing the sights we saw, restaurants we ate at, where we had fun, our accommodations and where to shop! Enjoy!! (Because we sure did!)

Tips:
1. You can get to Hvar one of two ways, the Ferry, UberBoats or a private transfer. We took the Jadrolinija ferry that only takes 1 hour and 5 minutes.
2. You can drink the tap water. We bring Swell bottles with us when we travel so we have cold water with us at all times.
3. Reserve your beds at Hula Hula bar if you want prime location. (or take a chance like us and get a great table near the water)
4. Most places take cash.
5. Relax – you are on holiday!!!

Sleep

We have used Airbnb many times while traveling and once again, we had a lovely experience with the service.  (If you haven’t download the app, it makes it so much easier to communicate with your host.)  We stayed Villa Sego studio apartment III and had the best time. The location was centrally located in a quiet neighborhood and a 5 minute walk to the main square.  Barbara was very helpful and prompt on meeting us at our place once we disembarked the ferry and walked our luggage up some stairs and down some streets. (It’s not as bad as it sounds…it could be WAY worse).  The apartment was immaculately clean, decorated nicely and had all the amenities that we needed.  We would Highly suggested stay at Villa Sego.

Eat

Macondo

We had discovered Macondo on a food blog and were so excited to eat there. From the photos we saw online, the restaurant looked so cute, quant and authentic with a modern feel. The food even better! We went here on our second night in Hvar and sat outside in the front alley. (In our opinion, the best place since it offered the coolest, most lovely experience.) We ordered the seafood pasta to start with a bottle of white wine and for the main their Dalmatian special the fish of the day. It was so delightful – full of flavor, savory and perfectly cooked.  The waiters were friendly and enjoyed chatting with us. Since we loved it so much we decided to go back on the last night and order wine, the grilled squid and whole fish. Again, we were happily satisfied with our selections. This time at dinner we sat next to a lovely group from London….made for a fun social dinner!

Fig Cafe

Fig Café was our go-to place to get fresh greens for a great price. Located in a hidden alley down the way from our Airbnb, we dined here twice. Once for lunch and the other for breakfast. For lunch we ordered one fig and one roasted tomato flat bread (with rosè of course!)….delicious! Fresh ingredients from local farms, which refueled us before we headed to Hula Hula Bar! For breakfast, we ordered the breakfast burrito. Highly suggest! Definitely try Fig Café if you like fresh, healthy food that actually tastes good and fills you up!

Zori

We were supposed to go to Zori one night for dinner, but decided to dine here for lunch when we were on Palmizana Island. The restaurant is beautiful – on the water with an outdoor patio and lovely trees shading the area. Since we weren’t looking for a heavy meal, we decided on the fish soup and salads. All dishes had great flavor and were presented well. Looking around, we saw people order whole fish, pasta dishes, burgers and meats. Everything looked delicious…we just weren’t that hungry. Would recommend coming here with a group in the evening for a lovely sunset dinner.

Dalmatino

Our first night dinner was spent at Dalmatino. Dalmatino was a bigger restaurant that was very popular. Make reservations! We didn’t but were quickly seated on the bottom floor near a bar with fun bartenders and a great wait staff. They suggested we get the zucchini salad to start followed by tuna and fish of the day for our mains. Both dishes were tasty, but I would have to say the fish of the day was better than the tuna. Wasn’t as impressed with the filet – was a little too chewy for our liking. BUT that’s not to say the other dishes wouldn’t be. Next time – the pasta!

Shop

GVG Cermaics

After hiking to the fortress, we stumbled upon this lovely store – GVG Cermaics. Not only was the design of the store (white and natural color walls, green plants hung with white rope) the merchandise was displayed beautifully. From jewelry to small bowls, bow ties and ceramic glasses – this local artisan couple were very talented. We had stopped by here twice buying gifts for ourselves and friends back home. We now wish we bought more!!

Cheers,

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