Hvar old town

Address: Old Town, Hvar, 21450, Croatia

- Free


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture