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One of the most popular islands in Croatia, Hvar draws many celebrities and all sorts of international jet-setters to its main town, also called Hvar, famous for its yacht-filled harbor, world-class restaurants and buzzing nightlife. Throughout the island, you’ll find plenty of fascinating historic sites to explore along with spectacular landscapes, including idyllic beaches, vineyards- and lavender-covered hills. Fortunately, you don’t have to be wealthy to visit, with a wide range of Airbnbs for nearly every budget, including these.
While the view definitely lives up to the name, many note that what’s most special is the host, who ensures you’re taken care of from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. You’ll have a private balcony to relax and enjoy alfresco dining with that breathtaking view while being just a 15-minute walk via the seaside promenade into the town center. Beaches are just below, along with beach bars and a variety of other attractions too. It includes two bedrooms, accommodating up to four guests, along with free Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. Your host will pick you up from the ferry dock and even arrange for boat excursions as well.
If you’re looking for a unique space, the Old Tower offers just that, right in the historical center of Hvar just a few minutes’ walk from the main town square. Originally built by the Franciscans in 1761 as a windmill, it’s protected by Hvar Cultural Heritage and was luxuriously refurbished using traditional building methods and materials, accommodating up to six guests. It has its own cooling and heating system, water supply, electricity for power and a Wi-Fi connection. The rooms are spread over four floors and include a living room, kitchenette and dining area, lounge area with sunbeds, bedroom and bathroom.
Located in a small family home just minutes from the harbor and main city square in a quiet area close to the beach and Franciscan monastery, this colorful apartment sleeps up to three in one bedroom with two beds. It has its own entrance and is filled with works of art created by the owner’s friends, with most of the furnishings handmade by the family. It includes air conditioning, Wi-Fi, television, a full kitchen and a living room that extends to a stone terrace. A Mediterranean garden is out front, with olive, lemon and palm trees providing shade to relax under.
Located inside a family villa, this one-bedroom apartment for two offers a spectacular view of an aquamarine bay, the sea beyond and nearby islands, with a balcony ideal for enjoying it with a glass of the local wine. It includes air conditioning, Wi-Fi and cable TV, although most of the time, if you aren’t on the balcony, you’ll be enjoying the amenities nearby. It’s just steps to the nearest beach, about a 15-minute walk to town and just five minutes on foot to a popular nightclub.
Located just a three-minute walk from the ferry right off the main square in the historic center behind the theater, Europe’s oldest dating all the way back to 1612, this one-bedroom apartment accommodates up to two guests. It sits on the ground floor and offers all the comforts of home and then some, including a full kitchen, excellent Wi-Fi and satellite television. Your friendly, hospitable hosts have even provided beach towels and snorkeling gear for enjoying a day at the beach.
The Beachside Bungalow is just steps from the sand and about 15 minutes on foot from Hvar Town’s historic center in a quiet neighborhood. Ideal for a solo traveler or couple, the studio-style space comes with a queen-size bed, a fully equipped kitchenette with complimentary tea, coffee and condiments, and both indoor and outdoor dining tables for alfresco meals with a view. Look forward to gazing out at the sea, the Pakleni Islands and Old Town. It includes an outdoor sink and shower, along with some great extras like laundry service, two portable hammocks, beach mats, towels and two bicycles. Your host will even pick you up at the catamaran dock.
This one-bedroom apartment for up to two guests is a four-minute drive from Hvar Town and offers an especially tranquil atmosphere in a private bay ideal for swimming. It’s surrounded by gardens, spectacular nature and the endless blue of the sea. You’ll also have a pool to relax with the view and enjoy refreshing dips. It comes with a terrace where you can sip your morning coffee while soaking up the gorgeous scenery along with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and TV.
If you’re looking for a comfortable stay with a beautiful sea view and hospitable hosts that will provide you with tips for enjoying the island and even pick you up at the ferry, this Airbnb is a great option. It’s a scenic 15-minute walk along the coast from Hvar Town, and you’ll be surrounded by striking natural beauty with the house set in the middle of an olive tree orchard among cypress trees, rosemary bushes and sage. From the large furnished terrace, which includes loungers, a table, chairs and umbrella, enjoy a stunning panoramic sea view. You’ll have a private air-conditioned bedroom with a king-size bed, ideal for a couple or solo traveler, with snorkeling gear, beach towels and mats, and a kettle with complimentary tea and instant coffee included.
If you want to enjoy the delights of Stari Grad, a fairytale-like town that’s one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 400 BC, this apartment may be ideal. It sits within a centuries-old stone house that’s undergone modern restoration while still revealing glimpses of its historic past, with stone facades and exposed beams. Located on the ground floor in a tranquil, Dalmatian-style alley just five minutes on foot from the town center, it includes two beds, accommodating up to four guests. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen satellite TV and Wi-Fi too.
This beautiful apartment is a five-minute walk from the sea and a 10-minute walk from Hvar’s city center, boasting a gorgeous sea view in a tranquil area of town. It comes with a well-equipped kitchen that has all the essentials and then some, including a dishwasher, microwave and washing machine, although the highlight may be the two large terrace, with the back terrace showcasing the Adriatic and the Paklinski Islands.
This one-bedroom apartment for two offers plenty of privacy, set within a family home under the famous fortress. While it’s just a five-minute walk uphill from the center of town, you’ll enjoy plenty of peace and quiet, along with a balcony that provides a spectacular sea view. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV and a full kitchen are all included.
Studio Zavala is just steps from the sea, providing an idyllic romantic retreat with lots of privacy and a breathtaking view for those who want to relax and enjoy their days at the beach. You’ll be surrounded by nature while enjoying all the essentials for an unforgettable stay, including a full kitchen and outdoor grill, patio, fireplace, cable television and Wi-Fi.
This studio apartment for two lies near the center of Jelsa, a coastal town along the north shore renowned for its vineyards, sandy beaches, pine forests and historic landmarks. You’ll have everything you need while being able to take advantage of your host’s gracious hospitality – they make their own olive oil and wine and provide guests with complimentary tastings. While you’ll be close to the city center and nightlife, electric bikes are included for easy exploring.
For a truly unique and authentic stay, book this eco-friendly home located in the abandoned shepherd’s village of Humac. Ideal for a large family or group of friends traveling together, it boasts a beautiful view on a property with rows of lavender, accommodating up to 10 guests in four bedrooms. It includes a fully equipped kitchen, living room with a large comfy sofa, fireplace, and dining table that seats 10.