The 11 best beaches on Hvar Island that will blow your mind
If there's one thing Croatia knows how to do well, it's beaches - and the island of Hvar is no exception! From secluded hideaways to the most popular swimming spots; our guide to the best beaches on Hvar island has you covered.
After eight months living through the coldest, dreariest, and longest winter of our lives in London, all we could dream of was feeling the sun on our grey skin.
So this past April, we spontaneously decided to pack up our London life and head to the idyllic Adriatic Island of Hvar (you can check out our best photos of Hvar - but be warned, you'll want to buy a ticket immediately!). An island, we'd heard, that's drenched in 7.7 hours of summer sun per day (!) and surrounded by the clearest turquoise blue waters.
We hoped it would be the perfect antidote for our fragile minds and Vitamin D deprived bodies.
It turns out that our spontaneous decision was a pretty bloody awesome one.
Hvar. Was. The. Dream.
For six weeks, we lived by the ocean, spending our weekends exploring the island in search of the best beaches on Hvar - from popular coves where all the tourists come to play, to the hidden gems we somehow stumbled upon, but never wanted to leave. We called it research, but it was just a good excuse to be living our best life!
After getting to know the beaches on this corner of the Adriatic pretty damn well, we thought we’d put together a guide to the best beaches in Hvar for you guys.
So if you’re planning to visit this Adriatic paradise, here is our guide to the best beaches on Hvar, Croatia.
the 11 most beautiful beaches on hvar island, croatia
MALO ZARAcE BEACH - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
We’re reluctantly telling you about Malo Zaraće because it was our favourite beach on Hvar, and we can’t bear the thought of others finding our little slice of heaven.
The day we visited, we had the beach all to ourselves, and spent hours in the outrageously clear waters enjoying ourselves.
Alas, we're letting you in on our little secret.
Zaraće is located around 30 minutes drive from Hvar Town, off the main road to Stari Grad. Take the turn off and follow a steep road down, before parking and waking down a set of stairs to Malo beach. If you’ve hired a boat, you can also reach Malo Zarace by following the coast east, passing Pokonji Dol and Milna. Be prepared to be blown away by the colour of the water, and the sheer beauty of the landscapes around you.
There are no shops or restaurants, so pack yourself lunch and a few cheeky beers and settle in for the most perfect day in Hvar.
Where | Zaraće beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, packed lunch, a good book
DUBOVICA BEACH - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
Dubovica is one of the most picturesque and popular beaches on Hvar Island. Located about 8km east of Hvar Town, the beach is located in a magical, secluded bay with a large pebble beach, surrounded by pine trees and olive groves. It's basically a Mediterranean dream.
Under the blue skies, the stunning Adriatic sea shimmers, inviting you in for a swim almost immediately. Which is exactly what we did. And it was perfect.
If you're hungry, there's a Konoba serving up some fresh seafood, or if you're after a drink to cool you down during the hot afternoon, check out Dubovica beach bar. There's also shade under the pine trees, which makes for a welcome relief to the hot Croatian summer sun.
Be warned, Dubovica does get extremely busy during the peak summer periods, so get there early to secure your spot on the pebbles.
Where | Dubovica beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water (use this reusable canteen!)
POKONJI DOL - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
As if lifted from a 70’s Bond film, Pokonji Dol is located a short 25 minute walk from town, and is probably the best and most accessible beach to Hvar town. Despite this, very we never saw it too busy, which gave it a comfortable, relaxing vibe.
The water was the deepest shade of turquoise, inviting you to jump in straight away. The beach itself is pebbly, however it’s far more comfortable to lay on than others we found, and definitely one of the best beaches in Hvar.
Pokonji Dol is flanked by two delightfully authentic restaurants serving the days best catch, and ice cold beers perfect for a sundowner.
Sunbeds are available for hire, ranging from 70 - 100 kuna for the day.
What | Pokonji Dol, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, cash for sunbeds or food at the restaurants
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JAGODNA BEACH, SVETA NEDALJA
After doing our own research about the best beaches on Hvar, we stumbled across Jagodna, a tiny, secluded cove located in between Sveta Nedalja and Ivan Dolac, and we knew we had to visit.
It may be hard to get to, but it’s definitely worth the time and effort for one reason - sand! Yes, Jagodna has a mostly sandy beach which is a delightful feeling after trying to navigate large pebbles every time you want to swim.
Jagodna beach is also absolutely stunning; set at the foot of bright orange cliffs and forested slopes, with bright blue waters glistening in the sun.
We definitely recommend visiting in Jagodna before mid-afternoon, when the sun starts to drop behind the surrounding cliffs.
Where | Jagodna beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, packed lunch, a good book
MLINI BEACH - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
Located on Marinkovac island, which forms part of the Pakleni Islands archipelago, Mlini beach is a beautiful little spot and the perfect place to chill and unwind. It might also have the brightest blue waters we saw on Hvar, which we made the most of, by swimming in it for at least an hour (needed - it was HOT!).
If you’ve hired a boat for the day (totally recommended), head to Mlini around lunch time and enjoy a fresh seafood BBQ from one of the many small restaurants. Then, park yourself on a sun bed for an afternoon of sun therapy and swimming.
You can hire sunbeds, which range from 70 - 100 kuna for the day, or 10 kuna per hour.
Where | Mlini beach, Pakleni Islands
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, cash for sunbeds, lunch (or take a packed lunch) and drinks
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IVAN DOLAC BEACH - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
The small village of Ivan Dolac is located around an hour drive from Hvar Town, surrounded by steep slopes filled with pine trees and vineyards. While the surrounds are impossibly beautiful, it’s the beach which makes this little town worth visiting.
This small pebble beach could almost pass as sand, meaning a relatively comfortable sunbathing experience. But the real joy is how quiet it is - apart from locals, very few people visit here.
So, do as we did; hire a car, pack a picnic, and head to Ivan Dolac beach for a relaxing day by the sea, away from it all.
Where | Ivan Dolac beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, packed lunch, a good book
MILNA BEACH, BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
Just outside Hvar Town is the small village of Milna, situated on a beautiful, protected cove surrounded by endless pine forests. This sleepy village brought to life all of the retro-Mediterranean feels, and we absolutely loved the laid-back vibe of the area.
Although the water is not as turquoise as other beaches on the Islands, it's super clear and a perfect spot for a little snorkelling.
Due to the pebbles, we recommend hiring a sunbed.
In town, there's a small market, and a number of restaurants to get your fresh fish fix. There's also a little bakery if you're after something smaller/cheaper.
Where | Milna beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, packed lunch, a good book, cash for a fresh seafood lunch
BONJ BEACH, HVAR TOWN - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
We've got to admit, our favourite beaches on Hvar were out of town, however, our favourite beach near Hvar Town was Bonj beach.
Located near Hotel Amfora, about a 10 min walk west of Hvar town, Bonj Beach is perfect for those wanting to stay close to their accommodation, or indeed the clubs and bars that make Hvar so famous. Bonj beach has a little bit of celeb about it, with the exclusive Bonj Les Bains beach club on the left attracting the global elite, with their private pontoons and enticing sun beds. Admittedly, our budget didn' stretch far enough to enjoy an afternoon here.
Fortunately, those on a budget can still lay about on the small pebble beach, or swim in the turquoise waters.
There are a number of restaurants and bars that surround the beach, so you'll not be short of food or drink options.
Where | Bonj beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, spare cash
PALMIzANA BEACH, PAKLENI ISLANDS - BEST BEACHES ON HVAR
Just off Hvar lies the Pakleni Islands, an archipelago made up of 16 pine-covered islands and turquoise coves. We visited during our favourite days out on Hvar, where we hired a small speedboat and ventured around the beautiful bays and beaches of the islands.
One of the best, and certainly the most popular, beaches in this archipelago is Palmižana. Although small, the beach is filled with sun beds to while the day away (sunbeds are available for hire, ranging from 70 - 100 kuna for the day). Flanked by a number of good Konoba's and bars, it's the perfect place to spend the whole day relaxing. there's also the chance to explore a little more of the surrounding area,
You can get to Palmižana via water taxi, or you can cruise to the bay yourself in a small, easy to drive, boat from one of the many companies on Hvar island.
The bay, and beach, does get very busy, so as always, get there early.
Where | Palmižana beach, Pakleni Islands
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, cash for sunbeds and treats at the Konobas / bars
A 20 minute walk through the pine forest from Pokonji Dol will take you to Mekićevica beach, a secluded pebble cove fringed by pine forests with not a tourist in sight.
If you’re looking to go au naturale on Hvar, Mekićevica beach is your best bet - it’s a known FKK beach and is sheltered, stunning, and has many places to shade yourself should the searing sun prove too much.
A short walk through the forest will take you to Robinson’s - a secluded restaurant serving fresh, homemade fare.
Where | Mekićevica beach, Pakleni Islands
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, packed lunch, a good book, cash for food / snacks at Robinsons
Think of Lučišća beach as an insiders tip, as, while we never made it there, our hosts on Hvar raved about it.
Lučišća beach is situated on the new road from Hvar Town to Sveta Nedalja which, unfortunately for us, is unpaved and our car hire company would not allow it. We thought about pushing it but in the end thought better of the idea.
If you've managed to hire a 4WD, or are prepared to walk to Lučišća beach from Dubovica or Sveta Nedalja, you'll be in for a turquoise water treat.
Where | Lučišća beach, Hvar
Pack | Towel, sunscreen, water, packed lunch, 400 Kuna
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Accommodation on hvar island
Hvar has a huge amount of accommodation options, from boutique hotels, world-class airbnb's, cool hostels, guesthouses and camp sites.
We decided to get a more local experience and stay in an Airbnb (although the apartment is also available via HotelsCombined too!). It was the best decision we could have made, as we became good friends with our hosts and learnt so much about Hvar.
If you want an experience like ours, use our Airbnb code for £30 off your next booking.
If you're after your own space, or love those hotels vibes, check out HotelsCombined for all your needs.
day tours on hvar island
Looking for different ways to explore the beaches and villages of Hvar? These are some of our fave picks for day tours around the island.
We're sure there's many more beaches we may have missed (although we tried to visit them ALL!), so if you've got a favourite beach on Hvar that we haven't listed, let us know in the comments!