Written by Paul Bradbury on Wednesday, 09 November 2011.
Hvar is a gastronomic delight and there are plenty of local delicacies worth exploring.
New disabled beach access for Stari Grad in 2011.
One of the world's toughest swimming races takes place every year in Stari Grad.
Public debate on amendments to the Stari Grad masterplan commences on October 31
The 3-day Peskafondo squid-hunitng championships, organised by leading Hvar Town restaurtant Gariful, kicks off on Wednesday, October 26.
Written by Paul Bradbury on Wednesday, 09 November 2011.
Congratulations to Hvar Town's mayor, Pjerino Bebic, for scooping the award for best mayor at the Days of Croatian Tourism awards.
At least seven rare Mediterranean monk seals are living in the Adriatic, according to Jasna Antolovic, head of the Mediterranean Monk Seal Association
So just how do you pronounce this beautiful island?
Iceland, 1932, chisels, ferries and postmen
There is lots of information available about Hvar, and much knowledge. But did you know...
Hvar's seas are rich in marine life
A photograph by Massim Rosen wins Best Photo in a competition run by the Croatian National Tourist Board, a reminder of the prevalence of dolphins around Hvar. One dolphin even swam into Stari Grad harbour in 2005!
Account of encounter with naked harpoon lady wins top prize
Congratulations to Dana Smith, winner of the 2011 Guardian Readers' Writing Competition for a superbly-written account of her recent holiday on Hvar.
Of birds and fishing boats
The speedboats and mega-yachts are gone. In November the seas belong to the fishermen.
Fancy a royal night out? Eat, Drink, Party Prince Harry Style!
Just where does one go for the complete night out in Hvar Town? What is the perfect combination for a top notch evening of entertainment in the capital of Lonely Planet's Number 5 destination for 2012? We retraced the haunts visited by Prince Harry on his famous trip, and declare he has impeccable taste (and some balance issues) with dinner at Gariful, cocktails at Sidro and raving at Veneranda.
Travel and Tourism Website Specialist Moving into Eastern Europe
Innovative web designer to spend winter on Hvar
Plane crash in Hvar Town leads to romance
An alternative way of arriving on Hvar, indicating perhaps that the need for an airport has been there for longer than first thought.
An example of how a news title can conjure up a very different image
Always check your title before publishing. The photo to the left was sent by a reader with hysterical thanks for an article about seals.
A look at the 2010 official tourist statistics
Hvar is one of Croatia's premier tourist destinations, but how many people actually visit the island? And where do they go? We take a look at the official tourist statistics for 2010 in the first of a series.
Oldest municipal theatre in Europe will mark anniversary
Another reason to visit Hvar Town next year is to take part in the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.
Hvar remembers Vukovar anniversary
The 20th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar is commemorated all over Croatia.
The Caric wines of Svirce and St. John's Church in Jelsa
Discover authentic Hvar by trying out the local wines at a tasting in one of its numerous pretty squares.
Not sure about octopus? Try the salad, it's delicious
Not too keen on the idea of eating octopus? Why not try a gentle and delicious starter to get you going: the Dalmatian speciality that is octopus salad.
A look at the Provisional 2011 Census Results
How many people actually live on Hvar? And where are they based? The provisional numbers released from the 2011 census provide the closest guestimate available. Some of the numbers are surprising.
Why Japanese is as useful as Croatian on Hvar
Lesson 2 of the insider's guide to speaking Croatian like a local. This week, a look at the differences between classic Croatian and Hvar dialect.
Gariful offers lessons twice a week
Looking for the next Croatian Wimbledon champion? You may find them on Hvar. Gariful Tennis Center announces programmes for tennis lessons for children.
Part 3 of Notes on a Small Island: Expat Living on Hvar
Part 3 of Notes on a Small Island, an expat's journey from Somalia to life on Hvar. House search and pre-contract! (with link to the beginning)
The Perfect Job on the Perfect Island
Imagine a young company of dedicated locals, all born on the most beautiful island in the world. Imagine a young company of dedicated locals who are passionate about what they do. Imagine a young company of dedicated locals who offer the best activity portfolio in the Adriatic, with great service, humour and prices. Meet Hvar Adventure.
Roads, tunnels, signs, house names. And now this!
The arrival of Google Street View on Hvar is the latest in a line of 'improvements' on mapping the island.
Horse-riding at Gariful Sports Center this week
Not content with serving Prince Harry a fish extravaganza, Gariful's latest community activity in Hvar is... horse riding!
Modern agriculture versus traditional methods
A barren hilltop has appeared on Hvar's green island on the road from Jelsa to Stari Grad.
Some rare sunshine for church pews
The centrepiece of Vrboska's old town is its impressive fortress church, which undergoes the odd spring clean.
Superb book with useful walking routes from Stari Grad
Going to Stari Grad and fond of walking? There is only one book you need.
An overview of Hvar's grapes
If you are looking for oaky Chardonnays or heavy Cabernet Sauvignon on Hvar, you will be disappointed, but there is plenty to delight in the indigenous grape varieties, as well as the odd surprise. Meet the ancestor of Zinfandel, for example.
The Biokovo Mountains as seen from Hvar
The pinkish-purply view of the Biokovo mountains as seen from Jelsa.
A busy and diverse calendar for Lonely Planet's Number 5
From lavender and dormouse festivals to full moon parties and sailing regattas. 2012 will be a busy year for the island of Hvar. Some pointers for your diary.
Hvar's wines are attracting international attention. A guide to the island's ancient tradition.
Wine has been produced continuously on Hvar since the Ancient Greeks arrived in 385 BC. The quality of the island's wines is beginning to attract international attention, with Zlatan Otok (Golden Island) leading the way from its base in Sveta Nedjelja. In the first of an in-depth series on the wines of Hvar, a look at its history with influential vintner Ivana Krstulović Carić.
Of birds and fishing boats
Activity in Vrboska's marina is almost at a standstill in winter, giving the birds a chance to socialise on the high seas.
Hvar is a great destination for children and a family holiday
Hvar's year-round sunshine contributes to a great wine
Panoramic views of the southern resort
Some great shots of one of Hvar's most popular resorts, taken on a recent panoramic flight.
Stari Grad living Part 2
The second part of South African Beatrix Roux's experiences of Stari Grad. The importance of one of Stari Grad's most social meeting points: Pizzeria Marko.
The tale of evacuation from Hvar to Egypt
An astonishing tale of the relocation of more than 2,800 residents from Hvar, who joined more than 20,000 other Dalmatians to the Egyptian desert in 1944, and established a fully independent tented community.
A summary of the 2011 official tourism stats
A look at the official tourism statistics for Hvar in 2011. How many people came, for how long, and where were they from?
Nighttime scene from Hvar Town's waterfront
Another great shot by local photographer Jaksa Kuzmicic. The Hvar Town waterfront at night.
The New Tourism Star of the European Union
2012 sees a new slogan for Croatian tourism and, it seems, a new focus, as the tourist board's promotional video omits Hvar entirely.
Stunning display of bicycle skills from Stella Mare Bike Camp
FANTASTIC biking holidays in Zavala
Who visited Sucuraj in 2011?
Part four in our six-part analysis of the official 2011 tourism statistics for the island of Hvar. Today we head east to the town of Sucuraj.
Delightful Dubovica bay on the road from Stari Grad to Hvar
It does not have the best access, but that does not stop hundreds of people clambering down to Dubovica bay each year. Is this Hvar's prettiest bay?
Look out for our 8-legged friends on the streets of Hvar Town
Hvar Town is so busy in season, with yachts, celebrities and Aussie backpackers, that it is difficult to notice the small details. Come back to a less crowded riva in October, however, and the empty streets are frequented by surprising pedestrians. The day an octopus came for a walk in Hvar Town.
Part 4 of Notes on a Small Island: Expat Living on Hvar
Part 4 of Notes on a Small Island, an expat's journey from Somalia to life on Hvar. Pre-contract, complete with legal cigarette ash, signed, and the panic sets in... (includes link to Part 1)
First in a series of famous people born on Hvar
The island of Hvar is well-known as a celebrity destination, and there are a number of famous people who visit every year. It is not all one-way traffic, however, and some people born on Hvar went on to distinguished careers elsewhere. We begin with the father of dactylosopy (fingerprint identification to you and me).
Hvar winemakers come together to promote its wines
The promotion of Hvar's wines became a little more organised last year. Introducing the Hvar Winemakers Association
A look at who visited Vrboska in 2011
In the third of our six-part series looking at the official tourism statistics for 2011 on Hvar, today we visit 'Litte Venice' - Vrboska.
Special Sailing School Course over New Year
Thought the Hvar tourist season ended in the summer? Think again. We go right to the wire with a sailing regatta, New Year specials at Hotel Adriana, and the chance to learn to sail with Hvar Adventure.
Top prize in Split for Buratovic's rosemary honey
Congratulations once again to Boris Buratovic from Stari Grad for yet another award for his rosemary honey, one of a number of excellent natural products to try on Hvar.
Hvar wines to exhibit at Zagreb wine fair
Some of Hvar's leading wine producers will be exhibiting at the Zagreb International Festival of Wine and Culinary Art on November 25-26, while Caric wines will also be available at a separate event on Friday evening.
Romantic Hvar is the perfect place to tie the knot
With its stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife and picturesque Pakleni Islands, there are few better locations in the world to stage a wedding. Here are some practical things to consider if you are planning a wedding on Croatia's premier island.
A look at who visited Jelsa in 2011
The second in our six-part look at the official tourism numbers on the island of Hvar in 2011. Today we look at who came to stay in Jelsa.
Hvar wine fans in the USA
Some interesting shots from the Zlatan Otok photo album by confirmed Hvar wine fans, Vinum USA
Donkeys on Hvar
Are there any animals on Hvar?
The Top 10 Visiting Nations to Stari Grad
The Regional Tourist Board has kindly shared their official statistics with Total Hvar for the first ten months of the year. In the first of a six-part series, we look at who came to Stari Grad in 2011.
Jelsa more popular than Hvar Town in 2011
Forget the celebrities in Hvar Town, the Frenchmen in the know are heading to Jelsa!
Hvar is a very child-friendly island
Hvar is a great place for kids, and tired parents can look forward to lazy coffees on the island's various squares, as their children run around chasing pigeons.
More recognition for Hvar, this time its beaches
Hvar is a very popular destination for naturists, and has a quality offer, one that has just been acknowledged by CNN.
Pool, Sea Views, Beach access, Peace!
Looking for a summer rental on Hvar with sea view, small pool and peace and quiet? Check out Villa Jagodna near Ivan Dolac, which sleeps six.
Spectacular Thunderstorm in Hvar Town
2,724 hours of sunshine, the most on the Adriatic every year. A green, green beautiful island. How do they manage it without rain? A little secret - it does rain on Hvar, after the tourists have left.