Hvar: Great by Day, Mundane by Night! May 06, 2011
Like any other place, there are certainly venues to go to by night... Or is there?
If you are looking for a getaway from the stresses of everyday life, Hvar maybe a great getaway. It is the biggest of a group of islands that you can get to easily with boats that leave Hvar regularly through out the date.
When I visited in July 2010, I spent my days visiting islands and relaxing by the beach. If you like to tan body parts that usually do not see the sun, there are also enough nude beaches, or isolated beaches where you can do pretty much anything you like. Moreover, the blue cool water creates a great complementation to the hot sun. Tan for 30 minutes, then take a dip makes for a opportunity to distress from late morning to early afternoon.
One may also rent a car, or a scooter, and drive around the island, and through its beautiful old villages. The fields of lavender on mountain tops, and the sunset over the adriatic that accompanies them are certainly a must-see.
Yet, Hvar fails miserably when it comes to night life. The scene dies out at bars around midnight, because Croatian law forbids bars from serving alcohol after 11 am.
This leaves party goers with one main option: Carpa Diem. While there is a also a discotheque that is open until about 5 am, most people go there only after Carpe Diem closes at 3 am.
At Carpe Diem, there is a great level of pretentiousness, and you pretty much have to have a "table", or be a hot chic, if you want to have somewhat of a good time. But this place gets old after the second night there.
If you are looking to get familiar with the local culture, this will certainly not happen at Hvar, where you will mostly be greeted with western European, Australian, or American vacationers!
Accommodation in Hvar is definitely at the high-end. I have stayed at 5-star hotels in Barcelona for the same price as an air-conditioned apartment with a kitchenette in Hvar.
My recommendation: Hvar is a good spot for relaxation, or for spending your days island hopping and in water. But if you are looking for a truly genuine night life, Hvar may not be it!
Maximum days to spend there: 3 nights, 4 days!
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Aug 27, 2007
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just trying how this works and few photos
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