Hvar Journals

Sunny Hvar

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A September 2000 trip to Hvar by mfs

Hotel Slavija Photo, Hvar, Croatia More Photos
Quote: Idyllic Hvar Town curves around its little port, where boats of all description are docked. Cobble-stoned paths wind up the town’s steep hills between the sandstone buildings. Lovely cafes with outdoor terraces line the waterfront, while an ancient fortress overlooks the town from its perch high in the hills above.

Sunny Hvar

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Overview

Hvar Town - View of Arsenal Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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Memorable Moments: The view from Spanjol Fortress, which sits atop a hill overlooking Hvar Town. Strolling along the water at night; taking in the evening action in Trg Sveti Stepana from the balcony of the Arsenal; meeting interesting people while having lunch at Pizza Kogo.Quick Tips: My biggest piece of advice regarding Hvar is double check the ferry schedules!!! We were forced to leave the beautiful island almost two days earlier than we originally planned, due to incorrect information we received regarding the ferry schedule to Dubrovnik. Always get a "second opinion" from a reliable source, such as the Jadrolinija Office (Croatia’s main ferry operator) itself. ...Read More

Hotel Slavija

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Hotel

Hotel Slavija Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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The Jadrolinija Ferry docks directly in front of the Hotel Slavija. Please bear in mind that the photos on the website are extremely optimistic – while the exterior of the hotel is lovely, the rooms inside were a huge disappointment. The furniture was musty, the bathroom was damp and dingy, and nothing seemed quite clean to us. In my college traveling days it would have been OK I suppose, but we were on our honeymoon and had hoped to get a room at the glamorous Hotel Palace at the head of the harbor, so the Slavija was a letdown. At least the price was very inexpensive – about $48 per night. We can say that the Slavija is very centrally loc...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Hotel Slavija

Hvar, Croatia
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Pizza Kogo

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Restaurant

Pizza Kogo Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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We had our first meal in Hvar at Pizza Kogo, a relaxed little cafe that serves terrific pizza and pasta along with traditional Croatian seafood and salads. The restaurant's outdoor dining area is located right on Hvar Town's main square, Trg Sveti Stjepana, and has great views of Sveti Stjepan Cathedral which is just a few steps away. From your table, you also have a view of Spanjol Fortress on the hill above the town. We had a very good lunch of margarita pizza, traditional cabbage salads, and a side order of local marinated olives. We had the good fortune of meeting two very nice British gentlemen at the table next to us - they said their pasta dishes were excellent. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Pizza Kogo
Trg Sveti Stjepana
Hvar, Croatia

Bounty

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Attraction

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First, I should say that Bounty is also a restaurant which serves pasta, grilled fish and meat - typical inexpensive Croatian fare. We didn't eat here, but came to enjoy drinks alongside the harbor. While Bounty is housed behind a typical Hvar limestone facade, the interior of the place is colorful and funky-looking. The artsy elevated bistro tables and bar stools and techno music on the sidewalk provide an interesting contrast to the medieval charm of the buildings that line the harbor. The tables are just steps from the water, and little fishing boats and dingies are moored in front of the restaurant, creating a very picturesque view for diners/drinkers to enjoy. My husband had a few beers and b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Bounty
Along Harbor
Hvar, Croatia

Spanjol Fortress

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Attraction

Spanjol Fortress Photo, Hvar, Croatia
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Spanjol Fortress is perched high on a hill overlooking Hvar Town and affords amazing views of the town, harbor and Adriatic below. Spanjol was originally a medieval castle, and was converted to a fortress in the 1500s to ward off the invading Turks. In the 1800s, the Austrians strengthened the fortress and added barracks. Today, the gleaming white limestone fortress houses a restaurant/bar, and you can enjoy a drink while taking in the view through the crenelles of the battlements. The surviving sections of Hvar Town's old city walls lead up the hill to the fortress and add to its beauty and medieval charm. To get to the fortress, pass under the main Town Gate and head directly up the very st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Spanjol Fortress
Hvar
Hvar, Croatia

About the Writer

mfs

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Sea Girt, New Jersey