Hvar about another side to Croatia

by lekendal

For a chance to explore the Croatian road less traveled, stay at a secluded campsite on the beautiful Hvar island, where adventure travellers are well rewarded for their efforts!

Imagine spending your days snorkelling in crystal clear waters, a stone’s throw from where you rest your head at night. Imagine exploring a stone walled old town, replete with a maze of narrow cobbled streets and shops to explore. Imagine walking beneath a star sprinkled sky, to the sound of crickets and nothing else, arriving to a marina and feasting on fresh squid, washed down with local wine. Imagine friendly people, happy to help you in your every endeavour and pleased to welcome you with open arms to their country. And imagine doing all this out of the Eurozone, only a two hour flight from the UK. Welcome to Croatia!

Split is a 2 hour flight from the UK and Hvar island a short ferry hop from there. Most tourists head straight to Hvar town in the west of the island, but those enough brave enough to venture further from the madding crowds will be well rewarded. Jelsa is a small stone town, full of charm and character. With just enough restaurants to keep you spoilt for choice and few enough tourists to make you feel you’re a million miles from anywhere, it’s surprising it’s not a more popular choice. For an even greater sense of escape, stay at Camp Grebisce (www.grebisce.hr) a highly rated camp site with excellent facilities. There’s a shop on site, two beach bars serving snacks and drinks, a breakfast bar with fantastic coffee and above all a beautiful view.

When it comes to dinner time, don’t be afraid of exploring away from the marina to find your evening meal. Some of the nicest restaurants are hidden away in the back streets – and half the fun is trying to find them! When dinner is over, take a leisurely stroll back to the marina and pick up an ice cream (exceptional quality and only around 30p) before heading to the roof top Libido Bar (http://www.myspace.com/libidojelsa) – where you can choose from the extensive cocktail menu and watch the lights twinkling on the water.

I’m trying to find something negative to say about Hvar island … but really the only low point is having to leave.