• Stari Grad is one of the oldest town with a history of Greek settlements dated back to 384 B.C. It’s also a UNESCO World heritage site and you can find the central ferry port out here. Starring local restaurants and cafes, Stari Grad is a beautiful sight in the evenings.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, then you can go and visit some of the other towns on the Hvar Island. One of the other main towns is Stari Grad, located on the north side if the island and it takes only 25 minutes to get there from Hvar town. You can either take the bus or ride up there yourself, via moped. When you’ve explored most of Hvar town, it makes sense to go to Stari Grad and have lunch there. The other town on the island is Jelsa on the eastern side. This town is more quitter than the other two and it takes about an hour by bus from Hvar town.What to Eat and Drink –Hvar is known for its seafood, especially calamari and octopus. While these remain the most popular foods on the island, it also offers Italian and Mediterranean food. Some of the good restaurants to enjoy both types of food are Dalmatinos and Konobo Menego, both near the port. A decent meal in these places will cost you around 150 kunas (INR 1500). If you want something more within budget, streetside bars and eateries such as Falkos or U Smokve will suit you. Offering burgers and sandwiches, a meal will cost you around 80 kunas (INR 800). Once you’ve finished eating, or before if you prefer, you can head to the taverns around the port. Some of the good local ones are Hula Hula bar and Red Baron near the port. The bars remain open till 2am and the clubs till the morning. If you’re heading to Hvar to party, the best way is to go in a group and rent a boat or go to a yacht party.VisaFor Indians, holding a valid Schengen visa (multiple entry) will get you access to Croatia and its islands. You can apply for a Schengen visa through VFS. To apply for one you can go to VFS global. If you don’t want a Schengen visa, and are going just to Croatia, then you can apply for a Croatian visa as well (as of 2018) through VFS. However it is recommended to get a multiple entry Schengen visa.When to goThe summer is the time for parties, so if you’re heading to Hvar just for that, July and August is high season. The weather in September, October and April, May is also good. So if you still want to party low-key and want to explore the island, September is a good month to visit.Getting thereYou will first have to get to Zagreb or Dubrovnik. Return flights from India to Dubrovnik are around INR 37000. If you go to Dubrovnik, you can get a direct ferry to Hvar for about 210 kunas (INR2100). You can check schedules here. If you arrive at Zagreb, you can take the bus down to Split, and take the ferry from there.Getting Around-Hvar town can be explored on foot, but if you want to go around the countryside or go to Stari Grad, the best way is to rent a moped. There are many rental places around the town, and your hotel and hostel will most probably have tie ups with them. If its high season, the mopeds are costly. They can range from 150 – 200 kunas (INR 1000-2000) per day.CostsReturn Flight from Mumbai – Starts at INR 37000Ferry to Hvar – INR 2100Moped Rental – INR 2000Hotel or Apartment per night – INR 3500Meals (budget) – INR 800Boat rental - INR 6000Accommodation –If you’re in Hvar to party and on a budget, hostels are the best way to go. The most popular hostels are Dink’s Place and another one called Earther’s hostel. The average price per night for a bed is 120 kunas (INR 1200).If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, then Hvar has some nice apartments as well. Starting at 400 kunas (INR 4000) they offer privacy and a little more luxury. If you’d like to go all out and splurge yourself, then the Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel or the Amfora are excellent choices. Both of these properties offer stunning views of the coast and the town, so staying here is guaranteed satisfaction.Most of the hotels and hostels are located within walking distance from the port. If you’re looking for something quitter, Stari Grad has a few apartment options available too.Have you been to Hvar? Write your insider guide with tips and tricks to help travellers on Tripoto’s community to have a better time in Hvar.