Hvar Island

The Croatian coastline is truly breathtaking with it’s countless bays, beaches and secluded coves.  The best season for sailing in the Adriatic is early summer with good winds in May and June.  There is an excellent resource available from the Ministry of Environmental Protection which gives information from May onwards about many beaches up and down the coast.  If you are a motorboat enthusiast then July to August have calmer waters.  It is said that when astronauts first looked down on the planet from space the clearest stretch of water was the Adriatic and once you have sailed the crystal clear waters you will agree.

What better base to explore the area than the sweet scented island of Hvar where the lavender and rosemary perfume the air and the crickets call you into the mountains to explore the pine forests.

Hvar is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world and we want you to share this with us at The Quaich.

Jelsa Harbour

Jelsa Harbour

Hvar Town Riva

Hvar Town Riva

 

Vrbanj

The Quaich is situated in the village of Vrbanj which is a quiet hamlet at the foot of the mountains some three to four kilometres from the sea.  If you are a cycling fan then you will be glad to know that the Faros cycle route goes directly past the end of our road.  A packed lunch is all you need for a wonderful day exploring the island and after a day out what better than to cool off with a cold beer and a dip in the Quaich pool. The local buses also pass through the village. We have two bars and a very good restaurant, Konoba Bogo.

 

Hvar Town

The capital of the island is often thought to be reminiscent of the French Riviera, not least because of all the beautiful people who visit this amazing town.  Carpe Diem is the place to be seen with it’s exotic cocktails and reclining couches.

The marina accommodates some of the most fantastic yachts you will ever see and a visit to one of the many quayside bars must not be missed.

Trips to the local Pakleni islands can be booked from the harbour and you can also catch the catamaran to Vis or Split.

In the centre of the town is the main square with its many cafes and shops.  At the south western corner is the 17th century Venetian Arsenal with an arched ground floor into which war galleys were once hauled for repair, now sometimes used for art exhibitions. At the opposite end of the square you will find St Stephen’s Cathedral built in the 16th century.

Exploring the old streets and alleys to the north of the square can take a whole day and don’t forget the citadel high above the town.

Once you have explored the sites you will no doubt want to end your day in one of the wonderful restaurants where you can enjoy a varied choice of local Mediterranean dishes.

There is a bus or taxi service to Hvar Town from Jelsa which stops in Vrbanj.

 

Jelsa

The nearest town to Vrbanj, where The Quaich is located, Jelsa has an abundant supply of good restaurants, cafes and bars and even a nightclub.  From the picturesque harbour you can catch a ferry to neighbouring islands and also the catamaran to the mainland. Diving is also available - see our link on the activities page.

There are several supermarkets in Jelsa and two petrol stations.  There is also medical assistance available.

Enjoy a morning coffee at one of the harbour-side cafes before exploring the old streets of the town.

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Vrboska

Vrboska has a very pretty marina and is a short drive along the pine clad waterside from Jelsa.  This journey will take you past many beautiful picnic spots beside the water and is an excellent bike ride on lazy summer days.

Water sports and activities can be organised in the town.

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Stari Grad

Stari Grad, originally known as Faros, is the historical heart of the island, and also the oldest town in Croatia. In 384 BC the Greeks from the island of Pharos in the Agean sea settled in the town and named it Pharos.

Because of it's position in the middle of Hvar island, for centuries Stari Grad was a safe harbour for sailors and Stari Grad bay is still regularly visited by most of the sea travellers passing through Dalmatia.

A walk through the town centre with it’s narrow streets and small squares takes you back in time and there are lots of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the fresh summer breeze called the ‘maestral’ and cool off with a glass of cold beer or sample the local wine.

Recently you may have seen an episode of Michael Palin’s New Europe featuring the island of Hvar and in particular Stari Grad. After sampling a feast of home made fare at a local restaurant he found himself ‘dangerously tempted to stay on this island of Paradise’.

Your ferry from Split will dock at Stari Grad and this is where we shall come to escort you to the Quaich.

 

More Information

The first ever guide book specifically about Hvar Island is now available – written by Paul Bradbury.  Paul is a good friend and has lived in Jelsa since 2003.  His knowledge of the island is unrivalled.  Hvar: An Insider’s Guide to Croatia’s Premier Island is available on Kindle, iPhone app, PDF download and paperback. You will also find lots of information on Total Hvar, a site created by Paul.

For a great overview of Croatia take a look at this video created by the National Tourist Board.

There are countless opportunities on Hvar for those keen to get out and explore.  The links below should offer a taste of what to expect and help with other aspects of planning your holiday.

 

car hire

If you really want to put some miles in during your holiday, then a car is the best way. Gianni at Hvar Car Rental is our recommended agent and will take good care of you.

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Cycling

There are numerous cycle routes on the island and Route Faro goes directly past the bottom of our road. Our friend Tade at T-Club in Jelsa will always make sure you're well-equipped with a good selection of road bikes and mountain bikes. If you like your bikes to be a bit more serious then have a look at Hvar Life, they offer some great packages including training with a former member of the Croatian female cycling team.

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walking

Situated at the foot of the mountains, we are ideally placed if you prefer to do some walking and there are many old donkey tracks and paths taking you all over the island. We are only too happy to pack you up a nice lunch and don’t forget, when you get back a cool dip in the pool awaits you.

 

adventure

We have an excellent relationship with Hvar Adventure, & Adventure and Croactive Holidays, having used their services many times. Our guests always return at the end of a day out having had an unforgettable experience, whether it be sea kayaking, sailing or rock climbing. The staff and crews are super professional and always take good care of our guests whether they are fully experienced or simply novices.  This is a great opportunity for you to really take advantage of the experiences Hvar has to offer. We can arrange any of these activities for you prior to your arrival on Hvar.

 

links

Here are some other useful links to make the most of your stay with us.

Atlas Excursions

Jadrolinija Ferries

Sunburst Sailing

Viking Diving

Home Away

Owners Direct 

Hvar has everything you could wish for when dining out, from sleepy little village konobas, to bustling cafes to five star hotel restaurants.  Chris and Mick are always on hand to give you the low-down on what’s hot and what’s not.

Mick can advise you on tackling local seafood

Mick can advise you on tackling local seafood

Me and Mrs Jones in Jelsa

Me and Mrs Jones in Jelsa