Oh my goodness! I’m so in love with Croatia and the islands, especially Hvar. After spending four nights in Brač, we took another ferry, this time to Jelsa in Hvar island. The islands are located next to one another, but the ferry ride was an hour long because we went around, to the other side of Hvar island. From Jelsa, we were supposed to take a bus to Hvar town to meet our Airbnb host, but it seemed that the bus had gone and the only option left was a taxi. There were quite a few of us waiting for the same bus so we decided to share the taxi ride. All the winding roads make it a slow journey, but the stunning views with wine and lavender fields make it well worth it.
Bay Pokonji dol – Marija’s house and the restaurant Mustačo is the one with the red roof, the only one on the beach, amazing!
We got to witness breathtaking sunsets every evening.
Konoba Mustačo downstairs of our apartment, also run by Marija and her partner Mia.
HVAR – THE PEARL OF DALMATIA
Hvar town is a delightful village with historical buildings, well-groomed flowers and gardening lining them and their staircases, a graceful St. Stephen’s Cathedral standing in the middle of it, a charming little harbour, and many boutiques, restaurants and cafes. My favourite place to visit daily was the fruit market near St. Stephen’s square. The square is surrounded by winding, narrow marble stone streets that board the turquoise sea. It’s truly gorgeous.
We were mostly swimming and sunbathing on these kinds of little nooks around the island, the water is so turquoise and the white rocks create a perfect platform for relaxing just with your towel.
Bonj Les Bains Beach Club
Another incredible sunset.
DAY TRIP TO THE GREEN CAVES & THE BLUE GROTTO
Atlas Travel Agency had amazing reviews so we decided to book directly with them, and they did not disappoint.
We left the harbour early morning and had breakfast on the boat. Everyone had sun loungers on the boat deck, the sky was bright blue and Bob Marley songs were playing in the background – ah, so relaxing! Annie was sleeping under our loungers and loving life. Every now and again, we stopped to swim and we could jump to the turquoise green water directly from the boat and swim in the caves.
After all that swimming we had lunch on the boat – grilled tuna, salad and some local white wine that wasn’t exactly dreamy, but we didn’t mind.
The next stop was the famous Blue Cave or Blue Grotto. The Blue Cave is a water-logged sea cave located in a small bay called Balun on the east side of the island of Biševo in the Croatian Adriatic. The grotto is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic because of the luminous blue light that appears at certain times of the day. You can’t swim in the Blue cave so everyone goes in with these small boats.
It was quite exciting going through the tiny hole in the rock – the boy driving the boat just instructed us to lower our heads…
As soon as you enter the cave and are plunged into darkness, the deep water turns a brilliant aquamarine – the cave opens into an expansive open chamber, and the blue from below becomes ever more bright and intense. The light comes from the underwater opening that connects the cave to the sea.
After four nights in Pokonji Dol, we were supposed to take a ferry to Dubrovnik, but we were having so much fun in Hvar that we decided to stay and found another wonderful Airbnb, Villa Darko. The owners Lucijana, her husband and their little dog were so lovely, they even picked us up from Pokonji Dol and got us a big bowl of figs from their garden after we told them how much we love the Croatian figs.
We will definitely return to Croatia soon!