Cruise Port Atlas | Hvar, Croatia Map | Location

Hvar, Croatia Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Hvar: Star Clippers, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Paul Gauguin, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea

Key Attractions: St. Stephens Cathedral, St. Stephens Square, Spanish Fortress, Arsenal, Franciscan Monastery, Pakleni Islands, Zlatni Rat Beach (Brac), St. Clement Island, Blue Cave, Marinkovac Island, Stari Grad, Stari Grad Plain, Jelsa, Vrboska, Vrisnik, Humac, Brusje, Milna, sea kayaking, biking, hiking, Historic Split, Diocletian's Palace,

The Dalmatian island of Hvar is the greenest, longest, and most ancient of those found in the area. Conde Nast Traveler rates it as one of the world's top 10 islands and recently Lonely Planet rated it number 5 on its list of the world's tourist destinations! High praise for a small place. The port of Stari Grad (old city) is among the oldest urban settlements in Europe. It is adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Stari Grad Plain, a fertile area with a cistern system and walls that separate fields dating back to the Hellenistic era. This is the only large agricultural area on any of the Dalmatian islands and produces fine olive oils and wines. The island is famous for its lavender fields and pine forests. Hvar has been a tourist mecca for more than 140 years and recently has been discovered by the very wealthy, so it will not be surprising to see a row of massive yachts like you'd see in St. Tropez. The main port of Hvar was the capital for the long era of Venetian rule and has the look of a miniature Venice, especially the Square, the cathedral ,and its bell tower. It's a great little city to wander around with some important historical palaces, churches, and other buildings. Overlooking the port are two protective fortresses, one which (the so-called Spanish Fortress) welcomes visitors. Hvar does not have any large beach areas, but the Pakleni Islands do and are just a short water taxi ride from the city. The islands have a wide variety of rustic villages on the inland areas and a few smaller coastal towns, all providing great photo opportunities and genuine Croatian culture tempered with a readiness to welcome tourists. Outdoor activities include trekking over the low mountains, snorkeling, and diving off the rocky coast in the beautiful blue waters.

Local Currency: Croatian kuna (HRK) | Current exchange rates at

Primary Language: Croatian

Secondary Languages: many other European languages are spoken in tourist areas

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of St. Stephen's Square by Samuli Lintula

Geography and Population

Hvar is a strikingly narrow island that is 68 kilometers west to east and barely 10 kilometers at it widest north-south axis and on the eastern end narrowing to just 2-3 kilometers. It has a central mountain ridge that reaches about 2000 feet at it highest point. The northern shore has most of the small beaches. About 11,000 people inhabit the island with the vast majority living in Hvar (4000), Stari Grad and Jelsa (almost 2000 each). The remaining towns are tiny.

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How Far?

Taxis are expensive on Hvar, so taking a tour is a cost-effective way to get around. If you want to go out on your own, renting a car for the day is a good option.

From To Distance Average Time Fare
Stari Grad Ferry Terminal Split Airport   1 hour 50 minutes 100 Euros
Hvar Port Hvar (city) Attractions no farther than 0.5 KM 10 minute walk maximum  
Hvar Port Spanish Fortress 2.4 KM 5 minutes  
Hvar Port Milna 6 KM 8 minutes  
Hvar Port Brusje 7 KM 12 minutes  
Hvar Port Stari Grad 18 KM 23 minutes 40 Euros
Hvar Port Jelsa 26 KM 31 minutes  
Hvar Port Vrboska 25 KM 29 minutes  
Hvar Port Vrisnik 26 KM 31 minutes  
Hvar Port Humac 37 KM 42 minutes  
Hvar Port Pakleni Islands 1-4 KM by water taxi about 15 minutes  
Hvar Port Split 43 KM 1 hour 30 minutes (ferry) 72 Euros

Local Services - Addresses


In Split - Bolnica (Hospital) Firule, Ulica Vjekoslava Spincica 1, 21000, Split, Croatia, phone - +385 21 556 111, 1 hour 30 minutes (includes ferry and travel to/from ferry ports)

Nearby Banks and ATMs

PBZ ATM, Hvar waterfront, 10 minute walk from the ship
Splitska Bank, Stari Grad, 18 KM, 23 minutes

Post Office

Vrboska, 25 KM, 29 minutes

Port and Berths

Tender Berth - near Ulica Dinka Kovacevica 4, 21450, Hvar (city)
GPS - near 43.170694, 16.441079

Photo of Jelsa Harbor by Thomas Kohler