Hvar: The Luxury Island of Croatia
We all love to travel luxuriously. Luxury travel is going to be the new type of travel after the novel coronavirus. People will like to spend time in the least crowded places while exploring ancient Europe.
Hvar, Croatia's most happening island, is the perfect place for moneyed revelers and travelers who love to travel in five-star luxury. A celebrity's destination is spontaneous magic revolving around in the town, giving the feel of a contemporary city, yet infused with ancient magic. The secluded getaways away from the hustle of the modernized world, at the beaches and the old town, is what attracts the tourists the most.
A chic capital in Dalmatian Island has white-stoned Venetian Renaissance buildings full of precious artworks. Hovering around in Hvar's galleries, boutiques, and cafes or staring open-mouthed at the gleaming super-yachts moored in the harbour, there can never be fewer options to explore in Hvar.
One of the most visited tourist places in Croatia, the landscapes painted lilac with the lavender flowers in the early summers, is the best time to visit Hvar.
Planning a trip to Croatia? Let's explore Hvar.
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What to do in Hvar
Gorge on Gregada
Gregada, the signature dish of Hvar, is a stew of fish, potatoes, onions, garlic, and top-quality local olive oil. Accompanied by home-baked bread, Gregada is best sampled in the historic Venetian surroundings of Giaxa. It is one of the traditional Croatian recipes, with organically grown flavors, which gives the conventional feeling of being a true Croatian.
It is the oldest way of preparing fish in Dalmatia and was brought by the Greek settlers more than 2000 years ago. Being the staple food for the local fishermen, Gregada is prepared throughout the region, but it originated from Hvar. Thus, on a trip to Hvar, this has to be the menu of one of your meals.
Sunset Party at Majerovica
Croatia is all about spending time with your loved ones, partying around, and making memories for the lifetime. And the perfect place to do so is sunset beach parties at Majerovica. A formerly secluded spot is much more commercialized in recent times than it was in the past. One of the main hangouts for the locals, Hula Hula Hvar, is the perfect restaurant for the same. The best part other than the parties over here is that the food is mouth-watering.
With a great view and the lovely sunset, Hula Hula Hvar has to be on your list to spend time on the beach while partying around.
For the people who love to hike, there is a perfect place just 45 minutes hiking from the city of Hvar. The hike to Mekanovic is what we are talking about. Rewarded with crystal-clean white stoned Mekicevica Bay, this beach has to be on your list while on a trip to Hvar. Mekanovic is a cove famous for its sparkling waters and white pebbles, which outranks Hvar's blue beaches. Other than that, a little stone-house kitchen, hidden behind the Mekanovic Cave, Robinson's kitchen, is where you can satisfy your hunger cravings.
This is one of the off-beat places in Hvar, which one should visit.
St. Stephen Square
The city center of Hvar, an episcopal palace of Croatia, is the largest square in the Dalmatian Islands. Surrounded by the Cathedral of St. Stephen, this is the city's center for public and social gatherings. Located in the heart of the city, a walking trip is suggested to explore this part of Hvar. Perfectly curated architecture and streets will leave you spell-bound.
Hvar's cathedral houses valuable paintings and contributions of famous painters. The evenings at this square are perfect, with many restaurants and bars serving local dalmatian food and wines and cuisines from all over the world. Hence, keep this place in your itinerary when on a trip to Croatia.
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What to see in Hvar
Hvar's rustic gem, Stari Grad is the highlight of this island. A short day trip to explore some of Stari Grad's best things to do from your villas with a pool in Hvar is what you are looking for. A shy, modest cousin to the party-centric and glitzy town of Hvar, Stari Grad boasts the old Venetian laneways. Tourists looking for some relaxed vibe, friendly people, and, more importantly, the Mediterranean old town, this is the perfect place for them.
The Skor Square and Tvrdalj Palace are some of the worth visiting places in Stari Grad. Being Croatia's first civilization, Stari Grad is home to beautiful streets, picturesque squares, mouth-watering restaurants. The Hvar town influxes the tourists with one of the best attractions in Croatia.
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Croatia is famous for its wines. One of the oldest winery plantation regions, Croatia, gives the world one of the best wines made. Tomic Winery is one of the most famous wineries in Dalmatia. The local families locally produce wine through the 250-year-old traditions, Tomic Wines. A winery situated in Jelsa is perfect because of the favorable weather and productive soil.
An adrenaline rush during the vineyard tour and wine tasting take place every day, making it a perfect place for wine lovers.
The renaissance monastery near the harbor has exquisitely built interiors and exteriors. With a small headland and a bell-tower, this monastery is a fine art by Venetian painters Palma Junior and Francisco Santacroce. This monastery holds great importance in the history of the town, and this is the place of an ancient cypress tree that has been there since the early 1700s.
Thus, this is the perfect place for history enthusiasts who love to explore historic Europe from an early age.
After the passing of novel coronavirus, ecotourism and off-beat tourism will be on the rise. Less crowded places will be more preferred by people and trust us; the island of Hvar is going to be one of the best decisions you have ever made in your lives.
Now all you need to do is pack your suitcases and fly off to Hvar, making memories that will last a lifetime.
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