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Dubovica – the most beautiful beach on Hvar

The most frequent question that we are asked in hotel is which beach we recommend in Hvar. So without any doubt we always recomend Dubovica and every guest that visit it returns with very positive experince. In this blog I will write some about that beautiful beach.

8 km east of the town of Hvar on the south coast of the island of Hvar is the picturesque bay of Dubovica, a famous Hvar resort with a spacious pebble beach and interesting seabed. Known for its long country tradition, it offers a vacation away from the noise of the city with a view of the country house of the Kasandrić family from 18/19. When visiting Dubovica, you can enjoy the offer of the restaurant located next to the beach. Dubovica can be reached by boat from the port of Hvar or by car.

When you go down the macadam to the bay, you come across the preserved church of St. Stjepana, which was built at the beginning of the 17th century by the Hvar canon don Andrija Bartučević, in which masses in the Croatian language were once held for the surrounding inhabitants. Luxurious Dubovica with a fairytale beach is one of the most beautiful destinations on the island of Hvar, and its well-preserved country architecture makes the ambience of this bay unique. The whole bay has recently been under special cultural protection.

The electricity introduced in the bay in the mid-1990s enabled the only restaurant and beach bar in the bay to offer guests drinks such as their favorite espresso coffee.

Now that you are familiar with this beautiful beach, the only thing left is to come and enjoy Hvar 🙂

One hunderd years in nature

If you find yourself close to our hotel Pharia in Hvar, you can visit one rather old tree near by hotel, only few meters bellow.

It is tree known as Pistacia lenticus, and it is more than one hunderd years old 😊


Some facts about it

The plant is evergreen, from 1 to 5 m high, with a strong smell of resin, growing in dry and rocky areas in Mediterranean Europe. It resists heavy frosts and grows on all types of soils, and can grow well in limestone areas and even in salty or saline environments, making it more abundant near the sea. It is also found in woodlands, dehesas (almost deforested pasture areas), Kermes oak woods, wooded areas dominated by other oaks, garrigues, maquis shrublands, hills, gorges, canyons, and rocky hillsides of the entire Mediterranean area. It is a typical species of Mediterranean mixed communities which include myrtle, Kermes oak, Mediterranean dwarf palm, buckthorn and sarsaparilla, and serves as protection and food for birds and other fauna in this ecosystem. It is a very hardy pioneer species dispersed by birds. When older, it develops some large trunks and numerous thicker and longer branches. In appropriate areas, when allowed to grow freely and age, it often becomes a tree of up to 7 m. However, logging, grazing, and fires often prevent its development.

The leaves are alternate, leathery, and compound paripinnate (no terminal leaflet) with five or six pairs of deep-green leaflets. It presents very small flowers, the male with five stamens, the female trifid style. The fruit is a drupe, first red and then black when ripe, about 4 mm in diameter.

In tourist areas, with palmitos or Mediterranean dwarf palm, and exotic plants, it is often chosen to repopulate gardens and resorts, because of its strength and attractive appearance. Unlike other species of Pistacia, it retains its leaves throughout the year. It has been introduced as an ornamental shrub in Mexico, where it has naturalized and is often seen primarily in suburban and semiarid areas where the summer rainfall climate, contrary to the Mediterranean, does not hurt it.


Usage of Pistacia lenticus

Mastic gum is principally used either as a flavouring or for its gum properties, as in mastic chewing gum. People in the Mediterranean region have used mastic as a medicine for gastrointestinal ailments for several thousand years. Apart from its medicinal properties and cosmetic and culinary uses, mastic gum is also used in the production of high-grade varnish.

Here in Hvar its leaves were used for dyeing fishing nets. Also therapeutic essential oils are extracted by distillation of leaves.


Bellow in picture you can see our Pistacia lenticus tree more than one hunderd years old 😊 so come and visit some living history 😉

Island life in winter

Island life in winter

Most of you when thinking of sea or island in Dalmatia assotiate it with summer, hot nights, coctails and beaches full of people sunbathing and swimming.
However there are some things and certain lifestyle that you can only experience in winter time on island in Dalmatian shore. In this blog we will choose Hvar, to show you best of it in winter.

Family and friends time

Winter in Hvar is best time and place to spend it with family, expecially if you have small children. There in no safety risk of no kind in Hvar, kids can be kids… and just go and play outside with other kids since town Hvar is very safe. There are always other parents and friends that will be there and watch our every child. You will also easily make new friends, since Hvar is small town and everybody knows everybody. Children can go alone to scool and back, they will enjoy thier freedom and safety as much as their parents.

In Hvar you will find that is very convidient for meeting and making plans with friends. Here there is no need for special appointments just to go and drink coffee, most of time if you go alone outside you will encounter many of friends without even planning.


Island life in winter and traffic are two very different terms. Sometimes lack of traffic is downfall of winter living on island however mostly it is very positive side od island life. In Hvar there isn’t any traffic jam or traffic noise, and you can get around even without a car. Downfall is in situations where you need to have your car since taxi is very expensive and public transportation is very rare.

Hiking, sailing and spending time in nature

Winter in Hvar is very mild and mosltly very sunny, and that is what makes it the best time to spent it outdoors. It isn’t too hot or too cold in most of days so you can go hiking or even sailing, or any other activity outside. One of best thing to experience in Hvar is harvest… you can choose to go to harvest lavander, or to pick olives, however what ever you choose you will definently have great time and while doing something good you will be able to make new friends and to learn something different.

What ever your reasons could be these are my number three why island life in winter is the best 😊

Two abandoned places on the island of Hvar

Two abandoned places on the island of Hvar

In all parts of world, we can find abounded cities and villages. Some people left because of work, some had to leave because of diseases or some natural disaster. Whatever reason is for abounding city or village… it is not uncommon to find them all over the world. However even they are often … they still make people feel some mysteries around the reason why they are empty.
Island Hvar is not exception 😊 On Hvar we can find two abounded villages. One is Malo Grablje and second is Humac.

Malo Grable

Today it is deserted village of Malo Grablje that you can reach by walking from Velo Grablje, descending some 2 km along the dry brook line or by a new road from Hvar that leads towards Stari Grad. Malo Grablje is situated above the bay of Milna, resembling the nest as it has been located inside the stone rock. It is a fabulous site that captures one’s attention, for you may find the stone houses and quiet stone lanes being incorporated within the genuine natural environment.
The surrounding olive groves and vineyards give an idea of what life once looked like in what is now a deserted town, before the phylloxera drove away the inhabitants who had scattered to Milna and how and where.
Abandoned stone houses without doors and windows that blend in with nature, a mill waiting to be discovered, a cistern and a church create the perfect movie backdrop. A common olive mill with two wheels was built in 1884 in an upgraded “communal house” where there was a cooperative, and then an apartment for a teacher whose window on the second floor still serves as a reminder of some ancient times.

Today in Malo Grablje you can see only a few yoga lovers who come after sunrise to practice in front of the church of St. Theodora or stop by the tavern Stori Komin, but only for the seasons. There, octopus and lamb are eaten under the baking lid, best with homemade wine.

Malo Grablje occasionally comes to life for concerts or events, right on the plateau in front of the church, which has always been a meeting place. From there is a view of the village and the surrounding hills, the gardens surrounded by a dry-stone wall. Every year on the day of St. Tudora The people of Hvar gather around the church. If you go up the hill, you will reach Velo Grablje where you can meet a few tourists escaping from the summer crowds.


A unique example of well-preserved rural architecture, the former pastoral settlement Humac, founded in the 17th century, is located 7 km away from Jelsa, at 350 m above sea level, from where there is a magnificent panoramic view of surrounding towns, bays, Brac and Makarska littoral. The charms of this settlement lie in its harmonious stone houses, courtyards, balconies, narrow streets and nature that merged with the village in an inspiring sight. Church of St. Ivan and Pavle on Humac is of newer construction, and if you visit this charming place you can enjoy the offer of an ambient restaurant that is open during the summer months. From Humac, visits were organized to the nearby Grapčeva Cave, the most significant prehistoric site on the Adriatic, where signs of culture dating back to the 4th millennium BC were found.
In recent years many tourists are buying houses and staying longer than 10-day holiday in Humac, so there can be possibility that this places comes to life in whole year again 😊

How to reach Hvar?

How to reach Hvar?

Many tourists have problem to find right way to come to Hvar. When I write right way, I mean right way for them, it depends are they coming with car or not. So here I will make little summary of all ways you can reach Hvar. So, let start!

  1. Car ferry from Split harbor.
  2. Passengers catamarans a high speed ships.
  3. Car ferry from Makarska Riviera – Drvenik – Sucuraj (Hvar island) – Drvenik.
  4. International line from Italy – Ancona – Stari Grad (Hvar island) – Split.
  5. High speed sailboats from Split airport or town.

To make it as simple as possible we will divide in three categories:

  1. With car
  2. Only passengers
  3. International

Arriving with car

If you are going to spend your holidays on Hvar with car there are two ways you can reach Hvar town. First one is from Split harbor. From there you can take ferry to Stari Grad, Hvar and from there you drive to Hvar town. Drive takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and then from Stari Grad to Hvar town 20 minutes driving with car. Ferries drive in winter time 3 times a day, and in season up to six times. For passengers without car there is no seat limitation however for those with car in season can be crowded.

There is also possibility to go to Drvenik (near Makarska) and take ferry to Sućuraj. Ferry drive is only 30 minutes however since Sućuraj is on opposite side from Hvar town you have 2 hours car drive. Bright side is if you are coming during day you can see whole island Hvar in one drive 😊

Passengers catamaran    

If you are arriving with car there are more option of transportation. Firstly, you can go with public transportation or private. Private transportation includes highspeed boats that can take you from your location to your destination no matter where you are, however it will cost you much more then public transportation, and also it is faster but more uncomfortable since it is open speed boat.

Public transportation can be divided depending where are you located and where you want to go. Directly to Hvar town you can go from Split harbor and these catamaran lines in season drive very often. If you are going to Jelsa on Hvar you can also take catamaran from Split harbor or even catamaran from Makarska. Also, in high season there is catamaran from Dubrovnik to Hvar and reverse. Duration is three hours but is saves lots of time. Catamarans from Split or Makarska take one hour of driving.


If you are coming from Italy, then we have good news since there is also direct line from Ancona to Stari Grad (Hvar). These line operates only in season and you can take it with car or without.

Hope these information will be at use for anybody that is planning their trip to Hvar 😊

How to become a volunteer on Hvar island

How to become a volunteer on Hvar island

Without a doubt, the Hvar island is one of those places that is worth seeing and which can offer a lot to even the most demanding of you. Breathtaking landscape, crystal clear sea, sun (lots of sun), delicious food, open people, fantastic atmosphere – these are just some of the factors that encourage people to come and visit Hvar island. What if we would like to stay on the island a little bit longer and cannot afford a longer stay? Or if we would like to help someone, gather new experiences, learn about the local culture, language and customs? Volunteer programs go with help.

Is it complicated to become a volunteer on Hvar island?

Becoming a volunteer on Hvar island may sound complicated, but in reality it’s very simple. Why? There are a lot of places where people are looking for some helping hands especially during the high season, but also before the season begins or when the season ends. All you have to do is to create an account on one of the volunteer sites ( or, write something about you, your hobbies, maybe add some pictures of you and look for perfect volunteer opportunities for you. After that, the only thing you have to do is to contact the person, which is looking for volunteers, and let him/her know why you are a suitable candidate. On both websites you will find information about volunteering period, place you will be a volunteer, the tasks you must deal with when you decide to be a volunteer. You will also find information about hosts and payments because some of volunteering locations offer extra payment for some extra work. You have a wide range of possibilities, from working in a hostel or restaurant, to gardening or construction work, to harvesting grapes and olives, producing wine or olive oil. These two websites are very easy-to-use, clear and intuitive, so you’ll have no problem with operating your profile on these sites.

What have l learned through volunteering on Hvar island?

Because that’s how I started my adventure on Hvar island (I came as a volunteer in September 2019), I can tell you more about volunteering here on Hvar island from my own experience and perspective. First, I can’t count how much I’ve learned through volunteering and how many extraordinary people I’ve met. Volunteering on the Hvar island enabled me to learn about Croatian culture. Now I know how “pomalo pomalo” works and I started to live this way too. Secondly, volunteering has shown me that you can work harder than before and be happier and more satisfied. I could experience on my own that people really are working here hard, especially during the season, so that I had respect for every job, and I wasn’t afraid of any work either. Thirdly, volunteering gives you the opportunity to get to know a country, its people, its cuisine, taste dishes, vegetables, fruits that you won’t eat anywhere else, see plants that may not be in your home country.

To sum up, I came to Hvar’s island for a week’s volunteer work and I’ve stayed until today. I felt in love with the landscape and people here so much that I decided to stay longer. I recommend volunteering to everyone because it shows you how to see the world in a different way, broadens horizons, opens to new things and new people.

Christmas on the island Hvar

Christmas on the island Hvar

The most joyous holiday is approaching … as everywhere else, Christmas is really special on the island. The lights are on, the Christmas tree is ready and lots of fun at the little Christmas houses in the center of town. Imagine a Christmas magic without big crowds, without traffic jams and similar situations. If you want a relaxed and magical Christmas then Christmas on the island is the solution.

Christmas on the island Hvar

The end of summer and the beginning of winter on the island

Hvar is known for summer, many tourists who visit it, luxury yachts in the harbor and many cultural sights, but Hvar has its charms in winter. When ferries stop driving every hour or two, when whether gets bad, these few catamarans, and sometimes even ferries, stay at port in Split. When music is no longer heard in the city and many restaurants and caffe bars close their doors, then the island and all its beauty are experienced. There are no strangers on the streets anymore, no English is heard on every corner, no flashing lights … just a couple of outdoor caffe shops and locals in their winter daily routines. In the winter, everyone is more relaxed, more often engaging in small conversations with each other, recounting their experiences and impressions from last season, and planning their own trips and vacations.

How is Christmas celebrated on the island of Hvar?

As with any city, decorations are ready, the Christmas tree in the square is decorated and ready to be the main symbol of Christmas on the island. but the difference between Christmas in small towns versus big cities is obvious. In Hvar we do not have dozens of Christmas houses, but only three, the streets are not full of visitors looking for a warm place to have a drink or eat something delicious. Mostly everybody is familiar to each other, and you say hello to everybody you encounter. The atmosphere in the city versus the big cities is more family friendly, safer and warmer … it may not have the amenities and fun like in bigger cities, but there is some warmth that cannot be experienced anywhere but on an island in winter. If you want to see “new” faces then just head to another city on the island … the atmosphere is the same, but at least there are different people. Now let’s get back to the topic of this blog … Christmas on the island … Along with the already mentioned Christmas houses, which have already become a symbol of Advent, Christmas is felt on the streets, the city is being decorated, every day we get a new decoration …. people are gathering more and more, making suggestions for decorating, arranging dinners and other social meetings, and planning a Christmas Eve. We don’t have much choice here on the island, either we stay at home, in a fireplace with a select company or out in the city, and most often it is a combination of both. In addition to Christmas Eve, in recent years there will also have a program throughout December where something can be found for everybody. For the youngest, the program runs during the day, and for those a little older in the evening. So, this year, various workshops and performances are organized for children, where the youngest can express their creativity and enrich their cultural knowledge, since frankly in other parts of the year there is a lack of it in Hvar.

And what about after Christmas on the island?

As every year, Christmas comes and goes … only good memories of getting together and many retelling of various events remain. After Christmas on the island, the notion of winter on Hvar gets its full potential …. the decorations are taken off … the locals no longer meet on the waterfront … only then does the winter on the island takes full potencial. Even then, stories and preparations for the coming season begin … and a few more months of the deserted island until it is filled with many tourists, busy workers and luxury yachts …. The season will come and go and Christmas will live on the island again and bring many hidden joys that cannot be described on a few pages of text … you can only feel it … if you ever have the opportunity to visit Hvar in winter.

Until then, I have attached a few Christmas photos below and wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Hvar Summer Festival 2019.

Hvar Summer Festival 2019.

Hvar summer festival is an annual festival that takes place from 1961. Enjoy amazing performances from Croatian singers, the world knows jazz soloists and great actors in different dramas.

The Festival lasts from June 1st to September 28th and includes performances on amazing locations such as Franciscan monastery, Hanibal Lucić’s summer residence, Veneranda summer stage, Hvar fortress (Fortica), the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and St. Stephen’s Square, as well nearby villages of Velo Grablje and Malo Grablje.

Here are some main events in August:

Amira Medunjanin – 02.08. at 21.30, Veneranda Summer stage

Male Vocal Group „Stine“ – 17.08. at 21:30, Hanibal Lucić Summer Residence

Andrey Gugnin, piano – 20.08. at 21:30, Franciscan Monastery (cloister)

Zdenka Kovačiček & Greenhouse Blues Band – 28.08. at 21:30, Veneranda Summer Stage

Ultra Europe Hvar – Beach party 16.07.- 17.07.2019.

Ultra Europe Music Festival is returning for the sixth year in Croatia, and music lovers from around the globe will be able to enjoy the world’s top DJs once again.

If you’re looking for a place to make unforgettable memories, make friends and have a time of your life, then Ultra Beach on the island of Hvar is the party that you can’t miss!

Each year, over 3,000 attendees gather together for this massive party at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort to dance and splash to their favorite DJs. This summer move your body in the rhythm of two world’s famous DJs Sigma and Europa (Jax Jones & Martin Solveig).