Exclusive Hvar Town in Croatia: Affordable Accommodation Options
Hvar Town is synonymous with mega-yachts and expensive hotels, but there are cheaper options for the backpacker to enjoy one of Croatia's hottest resorts.
The island of Hvar was a surprise inclusion in the Sunday Times list of affordable places in the Mediterranean in April 2011, given that it is Croatia's premier island and popular haunt of some of the world's wealthiest people.
The inclusion was based on a one week holiday for under £400 including flights, and was based on a week at the Badoljo studio, costing just £126 a week, based on three people sharing. While the cited accommodation is probably oversubscribed with the publicity, there are other cheap places to stay in this exclusive resort which are significantly cheaper than the £200 a night charged in the more exclusive waterfront resorts.
Hvar Out Hostel: New Australian Backpacker Haunt for 2011
New for 2011, the Hvar Out Hostel is an expansion of the Australian backpacker hostels in Split. Superbly located behind the exclusive Hotel Riva on the waterfront, the hostel is a short walk from the ferry and offers beds in a range of accommodation, from dormitory to en suite.
All rooms are air conditioned and have free WIFI and Internet. There is a small kitchen on the top floor and pleasant terrace, which offers spectacular view of the Pakleni Islands and harbour. The hostel is open from 0800 - 2200 with 24 hour access. There is a curfew on the terrace of 2200. Bookings can be made through the Hostel World network or by phone (+385-21-717375).
Green Lizard: Hvar's First Hostel
The enterprising Novak sisters have been popular with backpackers since opening the first hostel in Hvar Town a few years ago. Accommodation ranges from dormitory to 3-4 beds to en suite with terrace and sea view.
Located in the newer part of town, Green Lizard has no curfew and offers laundry facilities, free WIFI and Internet, luggage storage, an outside kitchen and a free map of the town. The hostel's website advertised its location as a six-minute walk from the ferry and bus station (a map is provided in the pictures below).
If backpackers learn one word of Croatian on holiday, it will be sobe, the Croatian for 'room'. Grandmothers greet buses and ferries with signs offering the cheapest, cleanest and best located prices at every turn. For a more balanced analysis, head for the tourist office by the bus station behind the main square where the helpful staff do an excellent job meeting the needs of new arrivals.