Last summer my boyfriend and I spent the best part of three weeks travelling around Croatia, taking in Hvar, Korçula, Dubrovnik, Braç and Split. I thought I'd do a short series of posts on the trip, as it was one of my favourite holidays and it's a beautiful country.
There are a multitude of restaurants in Hvar. Just a couple of steps form the main square, you'll find yourself in a maze of narrow lanes, packed with restaurants stacked one on top of the other on the steep climb up to the 16th century fortress that overlooks the town from the hilltop. Each with ample outdoor seating and menus that rarely stray from the unsophisticated but crowd pleasing pizza-pasta-fish-steak fare, it's almost impossible to choose where to eat.
We couldn't afford to eat out every night, so a couple of nights were spent with a bottle of cheap Croatian plonk, a baguette and pineapple tobacco on the terrace of our guesthouse, but we did allow ourselves one extravagant steak night. How did we choose? By appearance, of course.
We had our steak night at the Palace Hotel's restaurant, which sits on a Venetian terrace overlooking the bustling main square and harbour. The hotel itself is 20th century, which on our walk through to the restaurant, seemed a little dated and lack lustre, almost undeserving of its grandiose frontage and prime location, but the restaurant was lovely.
The steak was perfect and huge enough to satisfy my meat-loving appetite, the service was fantastic, there was a brilliant jazz quartet playing, later followed by a pianist, and the atmosphere was that of a relaxed, slow-paced luxury that felt well deserved after a hard day relaxing in the sun. Ha. All this plus the privileged position of spying on all the merry making going on below, made for an amazing dining experience.
As for bars, my favourite place we came across had to be the bar of Hotel Park, which was conveniently right next to the Palace restaurant. It managed to be both bustling and romantic, perfect for people watching and with an extensive list of both delicious and sizeable cocktails. There was brilliant live music every night and we liked it so much we went there three times, each time reluctant to leave.
I wish I could be there now.