Hvar has its own Advent too, which includes many events in holiday spirit before and during Christmas holidays. If you wish to spend some of advent weekends, the merriest of all holidays – Christmas or spend a New Year’s Eve on a nice place, then coming to the sunniest island in Croatia is the right choice.

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This year as well for the locals and their guests advent programme is held in front of Lodge, in small advent houses. Hvar Town, in cooperation with societies, associations and institutions of the town has prepared a programme within which various concerts, shows and performances will be held.

Advent programme started on December 8, and it will last until January 5, 2019. Apart from advent houses on Riva (waterfront) programmes will be held in gallery Arsenal, in Arsenal and in the Cathedral.

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Something for everyone

On Wednesday, December 12, 18th Marin Days will be held – musical-stage collage of High School Hvar and Association “Kapja jubavi” in Museum of Franciscan monastery. Two days later, on December 14  in gallery Arsenal musical-stage programme of GSU Stella Maris Hvar will be held, and concert of choir Stella Mari and Stellice and stage game “Waiting for Santa”. Guests are Little Guitar Players.


On Sunday, December 16 in Arsenal a show “You cheat him, but don’t leave him” will be performed, and the days after that you should visit Christmas concert of Musical School Of Josip Hatze in Orlana. For the youngest they have prepared a magical night which will be held on December 18 in the court of kindergarten Vanđela Božitković. On Christmas holly mass will be held in St Stephen’s Cathedral.

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In Advent programme every generation will find something for themselves because it abounds in entertaining, cultural, children and sports events. Concerts will be given by town musical society, for youth there are DJ programmes, and various band and musicians will also perform, from Split, Kaštela and Zagreb. Throughout December there will be friendly football matches and sailing match race for amateurs.

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A group from Rijela takes Hvar into the New Year

Two days after Christmas, on December 27, semi-finals of 38th New Year’s mini-football tournament will be held, organized by Association for Mini football Hvar. On the last day of this year there will be a special event – 38th navigation regatta memorial Zdravko Roić and finals of 38th New Year’s mini-football tournament.

Day before New Year’s Eve, on December 30, a young Croatian music celebrity Mia Dimšić is having a concert, while people form Hvar and their guest will be taken into new year by Rijeka’s band Super Cover Band. Advent programme on Hvar ends on January 6, 2019 with occasional programme in advent houses.

Come to Hvar, enjoy in diverse musical, sports and cultural programme and step into the new 2019 in your dancing shoes and with a smile on your face!

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When thinking about numerous Croatian tourist destinations, your thoughts always wander away to Hvar – destination with authentic Mediterranean spirit, open to tourists from all over the world who come to the sunniest island on the Adriatic to smell the lavender and hear the humming of the sea… and while it was once called Austro-Hungarian Madeira, and then Croatian Saint Tropez, Hvar was and stayed Croatian island with its own identity and a magnet for tourists from all over the world.

Town Hvar is also a world tourist destination that celebrated 150 years of organized tourism this year. Upon founding of Hygienic Society in 19th century, at first called Società Igienica di Lesina, first of the kind in Europe, with aim to obtain everything needed for a pleasant stay of foreigners in this town” a group of local enthusiast set the foundations of modern tourism as we know today. It was one of the reasons why this year Days of Croatian Tourism (DCT) were held in Hvar. This is the most important touristic manifestation in Croatia, attended by all who mean something in tourism. For, if you’re not on DCT, you don’t exist in Croatian tourism!

This year Hvar has celebrated 160th anniversary of foundation of Meteorological Station Hvar, the oldest one in the world with continuous climatological measurements, whose data of beneficial climate were the basis of pioneer initiative of public organization of tourist offer. Additionally, celebrating 160 years since the birth of Ivan Vučetić, dactyloscopy inventor, makes this year exceptional for the town of sun and its guests.

What is there to know about Hvar?

This island has approximately 2726 sunny hours per year. Archaeological findings proved that this was the place where the oldest drawing of a boat in the world was found  – dating back to Neolithic! The oldest public theatre in Europe is also in Hvar, founded in 1612. First hotel was built in 1899 and it was named after Austrian empress Elizabeth, affectionately called Sissi. Hvar is the only island in the world with six UNESCO protected heritage goods, the most recent one listed was drywalls. Perhaps the most interesting one is lace made of agave leaves by Hvar’s Benedictine nuns.

Since it has great gastronomy and even better wine, Mediterranean diet of the island of Hvar is also on the UNESCO list. You should definitely try gregoda – simple dish of Hvar’s fishermen made in a traditional way from fish, potatoes, olive oil and onions. To leave Hvar without trying gregoda would surely be a sin.

Through history in Hvar many beautiful works of cultural and historical heritage were created. One of them is Fortica fort, keeper of the town and the port from 16th century. But, today Hvar is the leading place on the Adriatic in active vacation offer, and this is surely what most attracts tourists.

Sailing, kayaking, diving, hiking, cycling, jeep-safari, are only some of the ways to experience Hvar in a different and unique way – full of adventure, sense of freedom, when only the sky is the limit, where you can do it, if you want it.

A grain of salt and a bit of adrenaline…

Cycling roads like tiny capillaries pass through the entire island, and the ones who sensed its pulse at least once, will hop on bike again and try to conquer all the cyclo-roads on this island. Their knowledge and experience can be tested on 13 arranged cycling roads of total length of almost 500 km. If you prefer hiking, then you’re at the right place as well because there are many hiking roads on Hvar.

But, Hvar is interesting for other athletes, so for the last two year it has been a host for swimrun competition, extremely demanding sports discipline in aquathlon category in which pair take turns in running and swimming on roads from 45 to 75 kilometres. This competition, ÖTILLÖ (in Swedish from island to island) emerged as a result of a bet between two young Swedes in 2006. Their extreme attempt from Stockholm’s archipelago, 10 years later, evolved into a new sports discipline.

Hvar is becoming more recognized by top athletes as an ideal place for sports preparations. In October Australian handball national team was on preparations, whose selector is Ante Jeličić from Hvar. Beauties of the island of Hvar, Hvar’s sights, a view form Fortica fort, and 400 years old theatre have left Australian team breath-taken.

Two years ago in Hvar, European Championship Laser Masters 2016 was held. It was a championship of European society of laser EurILCA for yachtsmen over 35 years of age, who are not active in sailing anymore, but their love for the sea and competition still gathers them on championships all over the Europe.

Cycling sheiks in Hvar

That Hvar is a heaven for cyclists is proved by cycling team Bahrain Merida who were enchanted by this island. And while these cycling sheiks, a member of which is Italian cycling expert Vicenzo Nibali, first visited Istria, for the last two years they have chosen Hvar as their preparation place, and they will continue do so in 2019 as well. With these perfect natural conditions and adequate infrastructure for cycling, it has proved to be an excellent choice for training camp. Cycling events, together with other sports events contribute to the image of a destination as an ideal place for active vacation.

After New Year’s Regatta, running for fun

This year as well, from December 27 – 31 42nd International New Year’s Regatta for Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4,7 will be held. On the very New Year’s Eve navigational regatta Zdenko Roić Memorial for optimist class will be organized. Next year 9th International Hvar Half-Marathon will take place. As in recent years, it will be marked by a slogan “For run For fun”. Come and join running for fun!

Hvar is a sample example of what we want to do with Croatian tourism – not just to count guests and overnights, but to present quality offer. The island of Hvar is one of the most beautiful Croatian islands where quality has arrived through sustainability, preservation of the existing offer, primarily of historical monuments and culture. Hvar has become a year-round destination.


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As we all know 2018 is a very big year for the town of Hvar, as it celebrates 150 years of organized tourism. Preparations are ongoing since the beginning of the year to celebrate this historic event that will manifest itself through a series of cultural and music events. The multi-day celebration will take place from the 10thuntil the 15th of May at various locations in Hvar.

150 years!

May 15th is the date that the town marks a century and a half of tourist tradition. Undoubtedly the beauty and rich cultural heritage of island Hvar have influenced the beginning of organized tourism since 1868, when the first organized group of tourists arrived in Hvar. After the opening of the exhibition “150 Years of Hvar Tourism” in the Arsenal, there will be a commemorative session at Hotel Riva for the Tourist Board Hvar and their Hvar150 guests. The celebrations will continue in the evening, followed by a concert by Gibonni at the Hvar main square.

6-day event…

The following days are not only important for Hvar’s tourist tradition, but also for the country’s. The focus is on is on the natural and historical heritage that played a crucial role for the development of organized tourism since 1868, when the Hygienic Society was founded. This was what encouraged further development of the tourism branch, turning Hvar into a world-famous tourist destination that it is today.

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Super Cover Band, Fashion show, Dance of the Sails, Četiri Tenora…

Enjoy the evenings filled with compelling live performances by Super Cover Band and Četiri Tenora to match the equally fantastic days in Hvar. This weekend, also experience the spectacular Dance of the Sails at the Hvar’s port, including a fashion show “Hvar Dress Code” brilliantly designed by Toni Carić Rica.

Počinje brendiranja Hvara

Kulminacija obilježavanja 150. godišnjice organiziranog turizma bit će u utorak, 15, svibnja kada će se održati niz događanja s ciljem isticanja bogate hvarske turističke tradicije. Otvorit će se izložba 150 godina hvarskog turizma u obnovljenoj galeriji u Arsenalu nakon čega će uslijediti svečana sjednica Skupštine Turističke zajednice grada Hvara.


May 11th marks the feast of St. Prošper who was a patron saint of the town.

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Throughout the day there are various events that take place, while the entire main square is filled with different stands where locals sell their own produce. Also, be sure to enjoy the different performances, including dancing and singing by the youth of Hvar town.

Later in the evening experience traditional Dalmatian Klapa, a UNESCO protected intangible heritage.




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The town of Hvar is going to dedicate the entire next year to celebrating grand 150th anniversary of organized tourism

ACCORDING TO EMINENT WORLD TRAVEL PORTALS, there is no world trendsetter who never wanted to visit this glamorous destination! Our domestic Saint Tropez attracts the attention of global media year after year, and it has been put in travel itineraries of world elite – from Hollywood A-listers to members of British royal family!

Almost every respected travel magazine has published a short guide about what to see and visit on Hvar; and we will tell you a secret – if you visit it in 2018, all the chances are you will feel – like a true celebrity! Namely, this is the year when Hvar celebrates a century and a half of tourist tradition, so on this occasion it decided to present itself in a special glow.

Accordingly, it put wild partying to an end with a specially organized campaign – at last, this occasion should be welcomed with dignity! – and like a true destination with strong cultural identity, it made sure that quality contents – are in abundance!

Hvar je oduvijek bio i ostao biser hrvatske turističke ponude, prepoznat zbog  UNESCO lokaliteta i nematerijalne baštine, prirodnih ljepota i drugih specifičnosti, te je uvijek na svjetskoj turističkoj karti pozicioniran među pet najvažnijih odredišta u Hrvatskoj. I ove godine pozitivni turistički trendovi se nastavljaju, a jubilarna 150 obljetnica hvarskog turizma za mnoge će biti dodatni ili i novi motivator dolaska u destinaciju.

Hvar has always been a pearl of Croatian tourist offer, recognized for its UNESCO locality and intangible heritage, natural beauties and other specificities, and has always been positioned among top 5 destinations on a tourist map of Croatia. Positive tourist trends continue this year as well, and 150th anniversary of Hvar’s tourism is going to be, for many, an additional motif or a new motivation for a visit.

IT HAS COME A LONG WAY since 15 May 1868, when in Hvar Hygienic Association was established. Central festivity of the grand anniversary, symbolically scheduled around this date, will last for even 5 days, while all the events (formal session of Hvar Tourist Board and a special programme on St. Stephen’s square, with gala concert and a reception) are going to have an international character.

During this anniversary year, all attractive Hvar’s locations will open their doors, so seize the opportunity and enjoy in almost kaleidoscopic range of contents!

Take a look at renovated historical Arsenal building with the oldest public theatre in Europe, enjoy in numerous exhibitions (like the one about history of tourism, exhibition of old postcards and photos, Orson Welles in Hvar, Hvar in a Film and others), book promotions and traditional manifestations.

There are some other anniversaries as well: 160 years of Hvar meteorological station, one of the oldest in Europe, 160 years of birth of dactyloscopy inventor – Ivan Vučeetić; so we can freely say that these kind of anniversaries can be found – nowhere else in the world!

CHOOSE ACCOMMODATION OF ROYAL GLOW. Hvar didn’t set aside visual experience – on the contrary! – so with the finishing of waterfront extension for 45 metres, as well as walking path on the west side of town, it is planning reconstruction of some of its most attractive hotels! We believe that with the greatest pleasure you will stay at the Palace Hotel, which will reach its 5th star, first in Hvar. Its construction was helped by Empress Elizabeth (Sissi) so staying in this renovated facility will actually be – royal!

ENJOY LIKE CYCLING SHEIKS. If you like places with great possibilities for active vacation, Hvar has a trump up its sleeve for this as well. The most recent news is that is simply delighted cycling sheiks – renowned UCI team Bahrain Meridu that estimated Hvar to have the best conditions, of all the other places in the world, for their training camp! Whether you are a professional or just recreational, you will enjoy in mild climate that enables two-wheeled adventure throughout the year, with roads of different difficulty levels that pass through idyllic Mediterranean landscape.

. It was exactly this beautiful ambience that delighted this prestigious team, and they noticed right away that Hvar, with cycling, is also perfect for rafting, canoeing, free climbing, trekking, kayak, sailing, diving and many other disciplines.

They also included enjoying in Hvar’s gastro story in their mandatory activities, what we warmly recommend to you, too! Try wines praised by the most appreciated sommeliers and combine them with excellent delicacies of Hvar’s cuisine, which skilfully blends traditional and modern. Get a few bottles of healthy and tasty olive oil, whose production lasts for incredible 2400 years. Do not miss to visit traditional villages, picturesque vine yards and lavender fields!

Experience Hvar in a manner of those who recognize good quality and don’t ask for price and you won’t miss anything of the magnificent experience of staying in this town. Although it celebrates 150 years of organized tourism – bright and diverse tourist future is yet to come.


Photo: TB Hvar, Otillo, Sunčani Hvar hotels