Welcome to Total Hvar

Welcome to the island of Hvar, one of the most magical corners of the planet. Known as Croatia's premier island, the sunniest in all year, one of the world's most beautiful, the island with the most UNESCO heritage in the world (and that doesn't include the oldest public theatre in Europe), Hvar is an island with something for everyone. Its wines are exported all over the world, from California to China, its healthy Mediterranean diet part of UNESCO heritage. Get lost in the sailing paradise that is the Pakeni islands, cycle the roads world champions use for winter training, kayak to the hidden coves. Immerse yourselves in history in the historic towns and villages dating back thousands of years, and after another hard day at the beach, check out some of the most vibrant nightlife on the Adriatic. 

2018 sees 150 years of organised tourism in Europe, just one more thing that started on Hvar, with the founding of the Hvar Healthy Society in 1868. Join us on a journey of exploration of this fabulous slice of paradise. Total Hvar was founded in October 2011. Now in its 7th year, it is established as the prime and most reliable source of information about the island. If you would like to write for Total Hvar about any topic of this great island, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The island is constantly changing, so if you come across any outdated information on the site, or have something new which you think should be featured, please contact us. 

Enjoy your time on Hvar!


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Hvar Sea Kayaking 2019 Season is Officially Open!

One of the fasting growing water activities in Croatia in recent years has been sea kayaking, and Hvar is arguably the top destination for sea kayaking on the Adriatic.  I remember talking to one of the founders of AndAdventure back in 2005, and how the locals on the benches and in the cafes watched these crazy young enthusiasts running around in the early morning putting their kayaks into the water. How times have changed! Rough Guides included sea kayaking in its 17 unmissable things in Croatia a couple of years ago, and the Hvar sea kayaking story has gone from…
Thursday, 11 April 2019

Hvar Art House Seeks Live-In Couple to Work This Summer

I don't normally do job adverts on TCN, but this is for a  friend of mine, and it is a pretty cool project in Hvar Town, which might just appeal to someone. So if you fancy the idea of a summer in Hvar Town with free accommodation, working in the very laid-back, and extremely funky Hvar Art House, then read on. Hvar Art House We have 4 apartments in one building that we rent out to tourists. We’re looking for someone to manage, and clean the apartments for the full season.  The person would be responsible for all elements which…
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

UK to Hvar in June: £152pp for 7 Nights in Zavala Including Flights

And they say that Hvar is expensive...  If you are planning on visiting the island this summer from the UK, it pays to book early.  There are surely not many deals better than this one. 7 nights close to the sea in gorgeous Zavala including flight for just £152 per person, based on two sharing. The flights are from London Stanstead to Zadar with Ryanair, so there will be some additional costs, but the overall package for one of the nicest times to visit (the first week of June) looks pretty good value for money in one of the most…
Thursday, 7 February 2019

From Fish to Villas: Gariful Enters Luxury Accommodation Market

It all started one day with a little fish restaurant at the end of the riva...  The Gariful story is taking its latest twist on Hvar. Easily the best-known restaurant on the island, Restaurant Gariful has been serving the rich and famous for many years now, with movie stars, footballers and celebrity businessmen among the regular clientele.   It was not long before the Gariful team expanded out into other areas of hospitality. Always keen to support local community initiatives, such as Kids Day and the now-defunct Gariful Tennis Open,  Gariful has expanded in a variety of directions in recent years.  First…
Saturday, 27 October 2018

Hvar in Top 10 Things of Interest in Croatia for Americans: New Survey

More confirmation in the growing interest in the island of Hvar as a popular destination in Croatia on October 25, 2018.  It has been another good year for tourism on the island of Hvar. The birthplace of organised tourism in Europe is slowly cementing its reputation as a destination of high-quality tourism, playing to its strengths of history, tradition, nature, adventure tourism, and food and wine, and this week's Days of Croatian Tourism showcased the magic of Hvar at the end of October. Read more about that experience here.  A new detailed survey on American tourism interest in Croatia was…
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