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Experience history and modernity in one place, read our tips on sailing Hvar and its top destinations – the towns of Hvar, Jelsa, Stari Grad, Vrboska, and the archipelago Pakleni Islands in its neighborhood. Known as the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar guarantees favorable sailing conditions all year long so, we recommend the top five destinations to visit on your yacht charter journey although there is much more to Hvar than that.
Hvar is a magical place where you can go sightseeing and exploring the island’s rich history or party all night long in one of its fabulous clubs. The town of Hvar on the island of the same name is one of the most exclusive destinations in Croatia, and its port is usually full of elegant and luxurious yachts. The sight of Hvar port in high season is reminiscent of Monte Carlo or Saint Tropez. However, Hvar’s hospitality is big enough to welcome everyone who enjoys sailing. The marina is in the very center of the town, so you can hop onto and off your chartered yacht any time you like. For crowded summer days, there is also ACI Marina Palmižana, built in the sheltered bay on St. Clement island, in the Paklinski otoci archipelago, just across the town of Hvar.
Jelsa is a small town with its own special charm. Just like in Hvar, you can find a berth right in the town’s center. There, you can go for ice cream or a cup of coffee, both very tasty and famous for their quality. The town boasts a beautiful public garden, the Lapidary and the remains of the old city, very picturesque.
Stari Grad was once the capital of the island and is full of interesting sights, such as Tvrdalj, the summer palace of the Croatian poet Petar Hektorović, and the Stari Grad Plain, which is under UNESCO’s protection. There are also berths in the very center of the town, in a natural bay. Stari Grad, translation of the name would be Old Town, is quiet and peaceful, ideal for family vacations. Vrboska bears the title of “Little Venice” due to a number of little bridges connecting the two sides of a narrow bay in which it is located. The sights of interest include the fortress of St. Mary Church and the Fisherman’s Museum cause the village has traditionally been dedicated to the fishery.
Pakleni Islands is an archipelago that lies opposite to the town of Hvar and it’s a nice place for a day trip. There are a number of small coves and bays where you can drop the anchor and enjoy the clean emerald waters. Pakleni otoci are one of the most visited yachting destinations in the Adriatic.