Hvar old town

Price guide: Free

Old Town, Hvar, 21450

Price guide: Free

Hvar's old town
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By Jane Foster, your Hvar expert

#2 of 5
expert-rated things to do in Hvar
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Romance, Sightseeing

Expert review of Hvar old town

My favourite town on the islands – a lovely stone settlement with no cars.

Built around a sheltered harbour, Hvar’s old town is made up of old stone houses on three hillsides. The magnificent main square is backed by a 16th-century cathedral with a towering campanile, and rimmed by aristocratic stone palazzi, many now cafes and restaurants. On the palm-lined quayside, you’ll find the 17th-century Arsenal, where the Venetians used to repair their galleys – be sure to go upstairs to see the tiny theatre, the first public building of its kind, dating from 1612. Above town there’s a Venetian castle, beautifully floodlit at night, and south of the centre, on the coast, stands a 16th-century Franciscan Monastery, well worth a visit for its lovely cloister and small museum.

Price advice: 

Entrance into the old town is free. You pay 10 kuna to go inside the theatre, 25 kuna for the castle and 20 kuna for the Franciscan Monastery.

Expert tips: 
If you hike up to the castle, wear comfortable walking shoes and take a bottle of water.

More information on Hvar old town:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Historic site, Town
Old Town, Hvar, 21450
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
The Hvar Town tourist information centre, on the main square, is open Jun-Sep Mon-Sat 8am-10pm and Oct-May Mon-Sat 8am-2pm.

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