It is not difficult to see why so many people flock to the island of Hvar in Croatia. With 2724 sunny hours a year, this popular destination just one hop away from the mainland harbors many a secret nook and cove. Think fortified towns, olive groves, lavender fields, chic restaurants and a reputation to be the party spot in the whole of Dalmatia.
With craggy cliffs, sandy beaches and pebbled alcoves – not to mention the Pakleni islands which dot the area – the island is the perfect spot to rent a boat in Croatia. The island is not only brimming with sights to see, it is also surrounded by equally stunning islands which should make it on your itinerary too. But we digress – let’s turn our attention back to Hvar, an island where man and nature, the old and the young live together in envious harmony.
Sailing in Croatia
Have you ever sailed in Croatia? The country, especially the historic region of Dalmatia, is a tapestry of richly woven islands against a deep blue background. Its beauty has known to dazzle even the most hardened of sailors who have seen much of what the world has to offer. It is incredibly rich in natural sights, entwined with historic landmarks which have withstood the test of time. Upon approaching Hvar Town, the rich yachts bobbing gently against each other give the impression that you’ve stumbled upon another Monaco – but it stops there. As your gaze sweeps upwards, the landscape changes into rugged and ancient walls, nestling a town crowned by a fortress and a Renaissance cathedral to boot. The streets are busy in high season, and for good reason. The food is exceptional and the bars serve every cocktail under the sun. Climb up the hill and take in the views of the sprawling town beneath you.
But Hvar is not all about Hvar Town, which is why renting a boat helps you make the most of the island’s characteristic beauty.
From North to South – unparalleled charm
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While Hvar Town will keep you up until the early hours of the morning, the coastal towns of the north and the quiet coves of the south will offer sweet hours of relaxed strolling and swimming. Sail to Stari Grad, the oldest town in Hvar, where the ocean meets the red-topped roofs and the green fields in a wonderful composition of colors. Rub shoulders against thousand-year-old monuments and soak in the history before sailing on southwards. Head to Zavala, a small village, and harbor of largely untouched natural beauty where you can sip on its famous white wine, the bogdanjuša before you head further inland. Here you will be met with the scents of lavender and rosemary, as fields stretch out as far as the eye can see.
Renting a boat in Croatia offers rewards the like of which you might not reap if you stick to the mainland. The islands beg to be explored and their beauty appreciated, and sailing will grant you both.