Why Hvar is the New Saint Tropez

Seemingly endless sunny days, rugged and unspoiled inland hillsides of pine forests and a beach scene to rival any resort in Europe – Hvar is a stunning island in an archipelago located off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. With the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea lapping at its shores and a year-round warm Mediterranean climate, Hvar has been growing in popularity over the last decade, with Conde Nast Traveller magazine consistently declaring it one of the top ten islands in the world.

Chartering a superyacht such as MY Starfire to discover Hvar provides both privacy and flexibility to discover the island and its surrounding at a leisurely pace.

 

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Hvar is simple and rustic at heart with the flanks of its craggy interior mountains peppered with farms and hamlets, and a lush carpet of vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields forming a verdant patchwork of plains which stretch into the distance. Yet in wonderful contrast, the island boasts luxurious resorts and cosmopolitan towns and cities – the prime example being the capital, also named Hvar.

 

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A bustling and glamorous location, the city and port of Hvar drips with culture and history and is a magnificent place to explore. Narrow cobbled streets of Venetian architecture abound, from its gorgeous central piazza to the exquisite Renaissance and Gothic facades of the cathedrals, palaces and battlements. The world-class harbor and its marina are comparable with the best the south of France has to offer, justifying the description of the city as ‘the new Saint Tropez’.

 

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Private yachts and stylish super boats line the mooring berths, and there is often a queue to enter the harbor such is its allure and kudos amongst the elite and wealthy – it is certainly the current place to see and be seen. And while Saint Tropez has become a little tired and overly busy of late, Hvar is car-free, laid back and less crowded – yet now has just the same desirability factor.

Hvar center is dotted with chic, sophisticated restaurants, many of which are the best in Croatia. Gariful is right on the waterfront and deserves its reputation – staggeringly good fish and seafood, and the first port of call for hungry celebrities who have just stepped off their yachts, with a divine terrace and fabulous shark tank in the floor of the main restaurant.

 

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Tucked inside a 15th century palazzo just off the marina is the high end Giaxa, an intimate and incredibly popular choice with excellent cuisine. The rest of the streets and sandstone avenues around the city are sprinkled with a raft of great restaurants and bars, while the seafront features dozens of buzzing pavement cafes serving everything from traditional Croatian fare – the gregada, or fisherman’s stew, is a perennial favorite – to five course, five star dining experiences.

 

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For those seeking yet more evidence of Hvar’s transformation into the one of the hippest locales in Europe, the bar and club scene is thriving within the capital with internationally-renowned DJs playing throughout the summer seasons giving the city a vibrant, youthful atmosphere.

And if dancing into the small hours is not really your thing, charter guests can take the tender to the nearby Pakleni Otoci – a clutch of idyllic and unblemished islands just off the Hvar coastline, packed full of tremendous beaches and traditional villages, which are essential for exploring, dining in the rustic restaurants and soaking up the sun.

 

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Give Hvar a chance; everything a selective superyacht charter guests would want is here – and more.

Captain Carl Sputh
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Captain Carl Sputh

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Captain Carl Sputh
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