Hello Hvar and hello to some rain and overcast conditions providing some much needed relief from the sweltering heat. Hvar was a lazy, beach paradise by day and a bar/club hop at night. We loved it.
We stayed at an AirBnB called “Novak Apartments”. We had a beautiful view from our balcony on the first floor of Pakleni Islands. The apartment was clean, neat and very spacious. We were a short walk from Hula Hula Bar and “President Beach” and about a 15 min walk into town where the restaurants, bars, clubs and shops were.
Day 1 – We went to “Hula Hula” Bar and enjoyed a yummy, icy “Sex on the Beach” cocktails with an outstanding view of the water, yachts and rock beaches. We thought “Hula Hula” was very over-rated for being supposedly the best bar and the place-to-be in Hvar. It was super pricy and closed at 11pm. We strolled to town along the beautiful beach promenade and found a buy-1-get-1-free happy hour tequila on the way. Then I took my very tipsy self, back to my awesome patio and watched the sunset. Across the road was a “Primi Piatti” (not the same as the SA one) where we had delicious pizza, pasta and lamb chops (almost tasted like a braai’d chop)
Day 2 – We found a random goat with huge udders on the way to town. We did the long uphill walk to fortress for amazing views. I tried a Limun, 2% alcohol and very refreshing. We watched a massive storm approach us and thought it would a good idea to walk down to town and find cover. We found a cool restaurant recommended by a local called “Mizarola”, just in time to avoid the rain and the crowded restaurants. We had the lunch special (50kuna = R100 cheapest meal of the holiday). Pork chops with mozzarella and tomato on top and potato gratin on the side, great food. Took some “Me” time while the guys had a siesta (we had many siestas through the holiday) to walk down to “President Beach”, a short walk from our apartment. What a quiet, beautiful and serene beach it was. That evening we went bar hopping with our new found friends, our Canadian neighbours Sam and Mike. Bar 1 was “Ka’lavanda Music Bar”, very trendy place with stunning cocktails. Bar 2 was “Sidro” where the tequila was cold and flowing. We walked past “Kiva Bar” which was way too packed and ended up “Lola Bar” to end the night.
Day 3 – Hangover day. We walked to town for ferry tickets, walked back via the promenade and stopped at “Bonj ‘les bains’ beach club”. I had a thai massage on a beach lounger. We chilled under the trees and sipped on a hair of the dog while enjoying a beautiful view of the beach and water. I found a new drink of choice, vodka and Fuze black ice tea with lemon and lemongrass (wished they sold this in SA but they don’t), such a refreshing drink. Chilled at “President Beach” on loungers with our cool Canadian neighbours and swam in the refreshingly, cool water (again I regretted not having scuba shoes). Completely over Croatian food, fish-pizza-pasta and repeat, we ordered takeout from Gustico. The variety was much needed and oh so delish’. Cheese and tomato balls, cheese and chilli balls, chicken wings, sweet potato fries, pizza tacos…
Hvar was done and we hopped aboard a Ferry to Dubrovnik, via Korcula for about 3 and a half hours. The ferries were really nice, high speed and smooth.
Other stuff to mention is that “Somersby’s” apple cider and “Sierra” tequila were our go to drinks in Croatia. Sierra tequila, you’ve got to try it, way better than Olmeca and Jose Cuervo and is also available in SA. Also, we ate a lot of cheese in Croatia, they put it on everything and at least it was always very good cheese.
So Hvar was for chilling by day and partying by night and as usual…eating and drinking. Hvar is definitely worth a visit.