The port in Hvar Town
After spending only one night in Split
... I was invited to go out to Hvar
for a day or two with Claire and Donna. Rather than spend my remaining time in Croatia flying solo... I decided to go for it... and I'm glad I did. I booked a ticket on the 2PM ferry out of Split (cost about 30 Kuna for the ferry from Split to Hvar if I remember correctly) and just like that... I was on my way to a new/unplanned vacation destination. I didn't think Croatia could get anymore relaxing... but then I got to Hvar and was proven wrong. Hvar Town is an even smaller and more quaint than Split... and I think the fact that you are on an island makes kicking back a WHOLE lot easier.
A secluded beach on the Island of Hvar...
My original plan was to just go out to Hvar and check it out for a day... then make a decision whether or not to stay longer. Instead, I made the decision to stay an extra night almost immediately after getting off the ferry! My Aussie travelmates had some friends who were already staying on the island and recommended that we all come stay in the apartment they had rented out. The apartment was managed by a Hvarian (or whatever you call a person from Hvar) named Dino. Dino was a really cool guy (despite the fact that he still lived with his mother... who does all the laundry/cleaning) and Dino's apartment was hands down THE nicest place I stayed on this whole trip. From the 3rd story balcony, one could see the port of Hvar and most of Hvar Town... it was a really great view. It was on this balcony where I spent the first night enjoying the first homecooked meal I've had since leaving Texas in June and sharing travel experiences with a gaggle of Aussies. On my second day in Hvar, I decided to venture out on my own and check out the island. After checking out Hvar Town and it's hilltop fortress... I started to get a bit hungry. I followed my nose to an awesome little cafe tucked away in the maze of alleys that lead down from the fortress. At this point, I figured it was time to hook back up with the Aussies and be social again. On my last night, the Aussies decided to cook up another homecooked meal for dinner... and there was objection from me :)