16/01/2012

croatia: hvar

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.


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Hvar seems to be the preferred Croatian holiday destination of the rich. Not because it's a beautiful, peaceful place to relax and unwind after months of working hard for all those millions, but because it's the perfect picturesque backdrop for showing off just how much money you have in the bank. The harbour of Hvar town is crammed with yachts; most bigger than your average detached family home, and some so big they defy description. Every champagne bottle corked on the decks of each luxury yacht seemed to pop with an exclamation of "Look at me! Look how rich I am!" It isn't a quiet, restrained kind of showiness that prevails in Hvar, but a rowdy, screaming exhibitionism that slaps you in the face and has you reaching for a lottery ticket.



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Despite the obvious financial gulf between my boyfriend and I and the owner of 90m long Ecstasea, Hvar was one of my favourite places. Once you've adapted to your relative status of impoverishment, there's the realisation that everyone is there to have a good time, and everyone is having a good time. Not to mention, it's beautiful.

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 our room in Gueshouse M (how cool is the light!?)

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We stayed in Guesthouse M, which was a little way away from the main harbour, but we had a lovely room and the owner, Suzana, was so hospitable and chirpy, and even picked us up from the bus station herself, free of charge. Plus, our distance from the main harbour meant close proximity to a beautiful little beach that was much less crowded.

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Most days, however, we ventured further than the little beach and often found ourselves seeking refreshment and refuge from the sun in beach bars. My absolute favourite was Falko bar, for its laid back, bohemian feel, hammocks strung up between trees, the good music and the way they cut a hole in the lid of my ice tea for the straw. The adorable dog running around was the icing on the cake. It is quite a walk away from the harbour though; it's the type of place that pops up on the horizon just as you're about to give up looking for it, but that didn't seem to have dented its popularity.


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Splash bar is slightly closer to town and slightly less rough around the edges, which in my eyes gives it less character and charm than Falko, but the trees surrounding the tables gave it a nice feel. Sitting amongst the trees, looking out at the sea with a giant mug of beer in hand is definitely an enjoyable way to while out an afternoon.


32 comments:

  1. Wow it sounds amazing! I would kill for a holiday now. Also lovely pictures :) x

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  3. Fantastic pictures!

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  4. Amazing pictures!! Summer seems so far away

    Kisses Anne
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  5. Love it !!!

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  6. oh,i like Chroatia so much! i had fantastic time there!Wish you have it too)

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  7. beautiful photos. ugh. i need a getaway NOW!

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  8. This looks like the most amazing trip. I miss summer so much!

    Fashion Dawgs

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  9. Im so jealous! I want to be here! Soo gorgeous! Would love it if you could stop by my blog today and tell me what you think of my latest post! Follow me, I follow you! Thanks love!

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  11. Ah that looks like it was great, I miss summer I never got to go on holiday though. I love your hair in the picture of you and that beer, like perfect holiday picture, huge beer mug and wavy hair.x

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  12. great photos and nice place! and sounds you both had an amazing trip!

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  13. Wow, these photos are absolutely stunning. It's like paradise. xx

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  14. oh wow, I want to go there...NOW! www.casualglamorous.com

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  15. Wow, paradise much? I am loving the pretty water, wow. xx

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  17. Super blog! Joloies photos!!!
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  18. J'aime les photos! Superrr...:)
    Angela
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  19. travelled around Croatia last summer as well. such a beautiful country indeed. i wanna go back so badly :(
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  20. omg, the photos are amazing !!! I wish I were there right now.
    Christy

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  21. Wonderful photos, you've captured the essence of Croatia so beautifully <3
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  22. Ahh Croatia looks absolutely beautiful. You're really making me want to go away somewhere sunny now and escape the dreariness of January.

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  23. i was been there 2 years ago and it's an incredible place!!! i love the deep blue of the water!!!visit my blog and if u want we can follow each other!!!
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  24. Love these photos!! It makes me wish summer so much!

    xx

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  25. Beautiful photos! Would definitely love to visit Croatia :)

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