According to top-mba-universities, Hvar is an island in the Adriatic Sea (Europe) that is part of Croatia. The capital of Hvar is the eponymous Hvar. A number of major towns on Hvar are: Jelsa and Stari Grad.
Hvar is a mountainous limestone island. The capital Hvar is the center of tourism on the island. In this city you can find everything for the tourist such as shopping streets, nightlife and a large harbor. In addition, besides the capital, you can find beautiful sandy beaches along the entire coast where you can practice many water sports, among other things. Due to influences from various cultures, the island has a lot to offer. This is especially reflected in the many old (port) towns and their monuments. The island is also known for its many lavender fields, vineyards and olive trees.
Where is Hvar located?
Travel information of Hvar
Official name: Hvar
Area: 299.6 km²
Country code: HR, HRV
Population: 11,500 inhabitants (2014)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 628 m (St. Nikola’s peak)
Distance (Amsterdam – Hvar): 1,370 km
Flight time: approx. 2 hours (then boat from Split (1.5 hours))
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Hvar that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Hvar, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Hvar. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Hvar?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Hvar at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Hvar has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 degrees and in the summer months around 25 to 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Hvar can be found on our extensive weather page.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Hvar. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.
Croatian is the official language on Hvar.
Would you like to translate from or into Croatian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Croatia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Croatia (also for Hvar): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Croatia in the Netherlands: nl.mfa.hr.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Hvar it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
On Hvar you pay with the Croatian kuna (HRK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on Hvar can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Hvar are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -32% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (53% cheaper), food (27% cheaper), imported beer in catering (40% cheaper), cigarettes (46% cheaper) and public transport (53% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
It is customary to tip on Hvar. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time on Hvar is the same as in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone in Hvar on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Hvar you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Hvar.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Hvar.
On Hvar the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Hvar can be found on our electricity page (see Croatia).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 92 or 112
– Fire: 93 or 112
– Ambulance: 94 or 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Hvar can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Hvar (Croatia) can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Hvar end in.hr.
Hvar official website: hvar.hr.
The country code (international access code) to call someone on Hvar is 00385 or +385.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Hvar? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Hvar Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Hvar Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Hvar.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Hvar.
An overview of all holidays on Hvar can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Hvar, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Hvar?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Hvar. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Hvar can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on Hvar can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Hvar? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, medicines, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Hvar, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Hvar, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations, which you may encounter during your visit to Hvar.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers under 24).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…There are many lavender fields on Hvar?
…Hvar has the most hours of sun in Croatia?
…Discounts are offered in many hotels on Hvar when it rains?
…Hvar was for sale in 1932?