Hvar

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Hvar, Croatia Video Moments

I have to admit that it has been tough to recap our trip to Bosnia and Croatia while in the middle of winter. These photos, videos, and stories have me aching to return—to go swimming again and feel the warm sun on our skin. I'm just going to have to close my eyes and pretend until July when we make our way back to Croatia—we just can't get enough! This past trip was the perfect mix. Starting in Bosnia where we learned further about their deep history, visited beautiful mosques and quaint villages then ending in Croatia by sea to swim and wander was perfect. It is a trip that we will never forget!

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Hvar, Croatia Video Moments

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Hvar Island, Croatia

You could spend your whole time on Hvar in Hvar Town, but the island is one of Croatia’s largest and boasts sights of all kinds worth exploring.

For our first venture out of Hvar Town we took advantage of the busses (operated by Čazmatrans) that crisscross the island to get to Stari Grad (literally “Old Town”, as historians believe it’s Croatia’s oldest town). The old town is laced with picturesque cobblestoned lanes and dotted with some interesting sights (the pool and gardens at Tvrdalj Castle—which is more of a villa than a castle—and The Church of St. Peter and Dominican Monastery). We were excited to see that Fig Cafe—a restaurant we first discovered in Hvar Town—had a location in Stari Grad as well and sat down for lunch (burrito, yogurt, granola, fruit).

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Hvar Island, Croatia

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Hvar Town, Croatia

Split is Croatia’s gateway to the country’s many islands, offering ferries of all shapes and sizes to the rocky chunks of land that dot the Adriatic Sea. While we enjoyed our three nights in the city, our end goal was to pick up a ferry to Hvar, one of Croatia’s largest and most populated islands. Friends of ours that had visited Hvar had only good things to say about it, so we went in with fairly high expectations. Within seconds of stepping off the ferry and taking in the view of the bobbing sailboats and yachts in the shimmering sea along the neat cobblestoned promenade up toward the imposing fortress perched on the hill above, we were in love! It is damn near impossible not to immediately fall in love with a place like this. Our Airbnb was a mere minute’s walk to the square and harbor, but tucked just enough away for peace and quiet in the evenings.

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Hvar Town, Croatia