The island Hvar is Dalmatia's trendiest destination, after Dubrovnik and it is the perfect destination for tourists seeking the beauty of Mediterranean beaches without the crowds associated with more well-known destinations. Pathways lined with lavender vines lead to secluded coves, small fishing villages and local vineyards, and ferries and gulets carry visitors across the calm, blue waters to the surrounding islands, all worthy of exploration.
Spring should see the weather pleasantly sunny, the sea warm enough for a swim, and the main attractions and water sports up and running.
The warmer weather also brings splashes of color to Hvar's little- visited interior, with grapevines sprouting, the famed lavender fields turning silvery-purple, and pastures dotted with flowers and delicious wild asparagus.
In Hvar Town, itself independent restaurants abound, especially by the piazza, flanked by bars and eateries, serving the ubiquitous pasta and pizza, but also local Dalmatian delicacies such as octopus salad, black risotto, boiled langoustines, brodetto fish stew and lobster pasta, usually sided by aubergine and pepper. Above in the winding narrow alleyways of the tiny old town, the Menego tavern serves its own wine and specialties like drunk figs.
The island Hvar is one for the best destinations for gulet cruising.