The great Croatian coastline has been the talk of the town for many years now and as tourist numbers are increasing each year, local travel bloggers such as myself are faced with the same questions by people looking to experience the country that has the world talking. Where should they visit? Which cities are a must? Should they island hop? Which islands are a must see? Where should they eat?
One of my favourite cities I visited was Hvar on Hvar Island, just under two hours away from Split by ferry. This harbour front city has a monumental reputation as one of the most expensive in Croatia and if the super yachts are anything to go by on The Riva, it’s reputation is proven the moment you’re dropped off at the port by the humble ferry.
Luxury yachts pass by or dock mid sea and glimpses of half naked bodies are seen jumping into Croatia’s turquoise waters. There’s a quiet mixture of locals and tourists while the general vibe in the air rivals Fiji’s ‘Bula Time,’ just laid back and chilled, maybe too chilled for my own liking.
One of my favourite hangouts in Hvar City was the Amfora Private Beach Resort, an extension of the Amfora Grand Hotel, a luxury 5 star hotel and popular choice to stay by British travellers. Tucked away by tranquil bay, only a five minute walk from the historic old town. I spent two days chilling and reflecting on life in the cabanas at the Splash Beach Bar which overlooked the private residence, beach, the Paklinski Islands in the Adriatic Sea and was moments away from the famous Hula Hula Beach. A cabana for the day costs 500Kuna (50€) or 100kuna (10€) for a sun bed for the day. Yes, you’ll have to pay, the sun bed police are rife.
Splash Bar is directly opposite Bon ‘les bains,’ the quintessential beach club, perfect for the luxe traveller. What really is the difference? Nothing, the view remains the same but the price tag attached changes significantly, so each to their own.
Hvar City is a contrast of two extremes, while there are plenty of time fillers and ways to spend cash for the uber rich, there are also ways to visit Hvar on a budget with many cheaper bars on the bend passed The Riva. The only venue in Hvar that saw my heels was Carpe Diem, located on an island off the mainland (about 10 minutes) and you can easily get there by boat provided by the club. I ended up spending a night at Carpe Diem, it was in my opinion overrated.
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