Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Eastern Port of Sucuraj: A Long Way from Hvar Town

The first port of call for many travellers to Hvar from Dubrovnik is Sucuraj, far away from the main tourist towns. A pleasant spot, it deserves attention.
The Eastern Port of Sucuraj: A Long Way from Hvar Town - Sucuraj Tourist Office (
Tourists arriving on the island ofHvar from Dubrovnik are often surprised when they drive off the small car ferry at Sucuraj to discover that the most popular destination – Hvar Town – is another 80km away, most of it along a fairly challenging drive on a small road with sheer, unprotected drops either side. For many, the eastern port town of Sucuraj is a transit point, which is a shame as it has a charm of its own and a distinctive feel that is different from other towns on the island.
The Drvenik – Sucuraj Ferry Route
For many, the main reason to visit Sucuraj is to enter or leave the island, and the regular half-hour crossing to the mainland at Drvenik is a very useful option for visitors heading up the coast. There are several crossings a day in winter and the schedule is increased in the tourist season.
Although a car ferry, vehicle capacity is only 32 cars, a number that can be reduced further with caravans in season, and there can be long queues in peak season. The good news is that two ferries will operate in tandem to cope with peak demand, but waiting times can be long. One tip which seems to work at the busiest time is to take the first ferry, leaving at 0630. It should be noted that the first petrol station on the island is 56km away in Jelsa.
Things to Do in Sucuraj
The permanent population of Sucuraj, approximately 400, depends largely on fishing and tourism for its livelihood. There are several excellent beaches close to the town, including the partially sandy Cesminica to the south and pebbled beach of Bilina to the north. Various water activities are easily arranged, including fishing and scuba diving, while lazy afternoons in the town's picturesque old town and enjoying a leisurely coffee in the various quayside cafes and restaurants are an agreeable way to unwind. A popular spot is Cafe Toni, run by an Australian Croat, and a good place to get information in English.
Accommodation in Sucuraj
There are three basic choices for accommodation in Sucuraj. One of the most popular is camping at the Mlaska campsite, about 4km outside the town. It is a well-equipped camp and popular with families - half of the camp is allocated to naturists. There is a range of private accommodation available in the town, which can be sourced through the local tourist office. There is also one hotel.
While few tourists will travel from the main tourist spots on Hvar to get to Sucuraj, those alighting at the town's ferry terminal can benefit form an introductory coffee on the waterfront as a relaxed introduction to Croatia's premier island.

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