This may have been the highlight of the entire trip…Hvar is awesome! We took the ferry from Brac to Hvar (a 20 minute trip) and arrived in the early morning. While Hvar is famous for it’s fun clubs and nightlife, we took a more R & R approach to the island. We wined, dined, and boated our way around the island…
FREE PEOPLE dress: shop here // JANESSA LEONE hat: shop here and here // CELINE sunglasses: shop here // ZIMMERMAN suit: shop all options here
Probably one of our favorite things we did on this trip was rent a boat and scoot around the Stari Grad bay. Firstly, for a full day rental we only paid $45!! You get to choose from 3 different boats based on their horsepower and amenities, ours being the middle one. You get a quick rundown on how to power up, steer, and anchor (they’re very trusting…our tutorial took about 3 minutes!), and then you’re off! We brought a couple sandwiches and beers along on our boat ride, and putted around the coastline of Hvar until we found a secluded bay.
Outside of our boat excursion, our days consisted of wandering around these charming streets of Stari Grad. These old streets are insanely clean and transport you back in time…you feel like you’re visiting another century. We decided to stay in Stari Grad (this cute little town) but were told that Hvar Town is a great area to spend time in as well. Hvar Town hosts night clubs, a beautiful beach, and a town square to check out.
J. CREW sweater tank: shop here // PENFIELD jacket: shop here // MADEWELL jeans: shop here // ANTHROPOLOGIE earrings: shop here // VANS sneakers: shop here
A must-see if you are in Stari Grad is this crafty, artisanal delicatessen called Za Pod Zub. It’s run by a French couple that stocks their store with (almost) all local, Croatian delicacies: craft beer, truffle oils, chocolates, sausages, etc. We grabbed a couple chocolate bars (one with lemongrass and coconut!), truffle cheese, a couple local beers, and sausage. And loved everything so much, we went back again for a second load and for gifts to bring home.
One thing that made Hvar such a fun part of our trip was our accommodations: Hidden House. This bed and breakfast is run by an English couple that moved to Croatia over 10 years ago to set up shop and convert this home into a B & B. And it’s so cool. Amanda and Chris (the owners) did an impeccable job decorating this house, with mixed prints in the bedrooms, cowhides spotted throughout and funky, unique glassware available to use. Amanda is extremely friendly and warm (and has awesome pink hair!) and Chris travels the world judging cocktail competitions (and made us a riff on a pina colada that was to die for!). Each room is decorated completely uniquely in it’s own style. We stayed in Silvija…find photos of the room here.
(^This is actually Chris and Amanda’s dog! He has since passed but lived with them in England and frequently hung out at their bar)
We woke up each morning to a spread of typical European breakfast foods: cereals, pastries, breads and marmalades, and espresso. Chris would run out each morning and grab us breakfast, snatching whatever local fruit looked good that morning. I think the only one that enjoyed this breakfast more than me, was one of their four cats, Dave. Dave (who is actually a girl but was named before her gender was known) was all over the cereal! All four of their cats are extremely friendly (but do have the run of the house) so if you are allergic, this is not the place for you.
(^this was one of our favorite restaurants in Croatia: Kod Barba Luke. Known for their homemade pasta, Joe ordered a truffle ravioli and I ordered a seafood linguini….both AMAZING)
For my other Croatia posts, you can find Dubrovnik here and our road trip up to Split here. Up next is the small island of Brac! Home of one of the most gorgeous beach in Europe, Brac is a special place…tune in next week to see pics!