28/01/2012

croatia: hvar food and drink

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.
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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.
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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.


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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.

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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.

68 comments:

  1. I wish i could be there now too! Looks amazing - this makes me want to go on expedia and book myself a holiday right now! x

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  2. wonderful photos! it looks like you're having tons of fun.

    Escape

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  3. Looks like good food!

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  4. looks like you had an amazing time!


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  5. Beautiful photos! just came across your blog its really cool!

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  6. i don't travel much these days, so thanks for sharing these photos. i enjoyed browsing the two hvar posts. looks like a beautiful place.

    [oomph.]

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  7. omg croatia looks absolutely amazing!!! I'm so jealous!!

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  8. oh that looks so great! want to be there now :-)

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  9. I need to visit Hvar again! I visited as a small child and these photos have made me feel nostalgic to go back <3
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  10. Wow you have a cute smile girl..:)

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  11. Oh my god, this makes us feel so nostalgic! We went to Croatia last year, I think Hvar was our favourite place - so beautiful.
    Looks like you had a lush time!
    Cool blog too, we are new followers. :)
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  12. yeah i'd be ok eating at ANY of those places... spesh those that serve STEAK ; ) great photos!

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  13. They're such beautiful photos, I'd love to go there! xx

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  14. Great blog!
    It's really nice to read something different, very refreshing!
    Great picture's too....officially following.

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  15. Wow, the first two photos are spinning images of Jerusalem. Such beautiful places!! xx

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  16. looks like a wonderful place!!
    xxo

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  17. Aw lovely photos it looks like a great place! x

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  18. looks like such a lovely place!

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  19. Looks like you had a super fun time, I love the pictures you made!

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  20. It looks amazing!
    Also thankyou for your comment, that doesn't sound like the best experience! But yes hopefully we wil make friends other than just lecture ones over time :)
    x

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  21. That meal looks delish!
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  22. wow gorgeous, I love these little streets! And I love the title of your blog! :)

    <3 Kelly

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  23. Croatia is so pretty!
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  24. You are so lucky, Croatia looks wonderful! :) I would love to visit there! And yummy... the resturant looks delicious... bread baskets are my life, hehe! Just followed you, looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)

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  25. Looks like fun!

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  26. beautiful pics!! looks like you had a great time..I've always wanted to visit Croatia (especially Dubrovnik!)

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  27. Great pictures, the first two look amazing:)

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  28. wow your pictures of croatia looks wonderful!

    natalie
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  29. amazing photos :)

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  30. Wow. beautiful photos! Looks like an amazing place, I went to Croatia for the day on a trip to Italy and wanted to stay for longer! It was so hot and picturesque. I love the photos of the narrow streets! :)

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  31. BEAUTIFUL PICS and great stile!!! follow you!!! :)

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  32. You should be a travel writer :) love your descriptions of the places you went! Croatia seems like a really lovely place.

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    1. thank you! :) i would LOVE to be a travel writer x

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  33. love your blog!!if you want follow me on goole friends and i will be happy to follow you back. <3
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  34. Sounds like a great place for dinner, that steak looks so good.

    xo erica

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  35. Lovely! (:

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  36. Wow it looks amazing there :) xx

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  37. We really love your blog! All of your photos are just really lovely - everything looks so fun!! Happy to visit! xo from NYC!

    ox,
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  38. beautiful pictures! (:

    xx

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  39. I went there too, I stayed near hotel park!! It was lovely, great blog!

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    x

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  40. I love Croatia!!

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  41. Gorgeous photos! I want to visit one day! www.casualglamorous.com

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  42. looks like u had a really nice time...lovely pics!

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    x

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  43. Nice shots, Croatia looks awesome.
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  44. It looks like such an amazing place nothing like looking back on good holidays esp when it is so cold and grey outside xoxo

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  45. nice pictures! Made me wanna go there ASAP!

    xxx
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  46. Wonderful photos, I like them!!! This is such a nice post!

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  47. love it!

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  48. this looks gorgeous! i would love to visit one day

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  49. Beautiful! :)

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  50. Amazing photos!!! love your blog
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  51. beautiful pictures! so inspiring..
    just found your blog! very nice
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  52. wow such beautiful pictures <3 x

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  53. I love Croatia to death! Last year I went to Brac island, it was like a heaven!

    Love your blog, follow each other's? It would be great!
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  54. You look beautiful in here. And the food looks delicious.

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  57. lovely photos! croatia is amzing, i really love Makarska :)

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  58. this is so gorgeous! reminds me of some european getaways i've had and loved :) xx

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  59. wow such an amazing photos !!! love it.
    Christy

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  60. These are such lovely pictures, and you look lovely! Also sounds amazing x

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  61. Love the pics <3.

    Sadie x

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  62. Hi, so happy to see these pictures. I'm Croatian but living in Germany. I love my country and Hvar is really amazing.

    You have a great blog. Following you now via bloglovin and GFC!

    xo

    Dani

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  63. Hi!
    My name is Amy and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for fun and authentic posts about Hvar to share on our travel site, when I stumbled across your blog...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at amy(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Amy

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