Stari Grad (Hvar), Croatia – The Perfect Travel Destination

We spent 11 wonderful days in Stari Grad, a quaint seaside town on the island of Hvar in Croatia. After packing and moving around every few days, the longer stay here was welcomed. We were able to slow down and just enjoy the little town and the beach every day.

Stari Grad is located on the northern side of the island of Hvar and is one of the oldest towns in Europe, founded by Greeks of Paros island in 384 BC. They are celebrating their 2400 birthday this year!  We seem to keep missing all the big events in places we visit as Stari Grad’s celebrations will be in September. Personally, I’m ok with that as I don’t do well with big crowds 😉

Stari Grad, Croatia
Stari Grad Harbour

Have you ever struggled with deciding between a beach or culture & history vacation? Well, Stari Grad will give you both and more. You won’t be disappointed with the food either as there are plenty of restaurants for your choosing . We only tried two and they were both great. Though the first place, Jurin Podium was my favourite. The Squid Risotto was delicious! 

Restaurant Stari Grad Croatia
Jurin Podium Restaurant – Stari Grad (Hvar), Croatia

Getting to Stari Grad and Escaping Split!

Getting to Stari Grad is fairly easy. Ferries run from Split to Stari Grad a few times a day. Croatia Ferry explains the different routes very well. We bought tickets at the harbour in Split with Jadrolinija for about $23 CAD for 2 adults and a child.  We only spent 2 days in Split and couldn’t wait to get out! The hectic feel of the place had us on edge and knowing we would be on a ferry in less than 48 hours kept us sane! It was a big disappointment as we were really looking forward to this city and exploring Diocletian’s Palace. If you are like me and don’t like crowds, summer is the worst time to visit Split. We couldn’t see much walking the narrow streets of the palace except tourists. I know I would have felt much different about Split if we had visited in October perhaps!

Bruce & Kasm - On the Ferry from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar)
Bruce & Kasm – On the Ferry from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar)


There are plenty of apartments to choose from in Stari Grad as the town’s main focus is tourism. Our Airbnb was less than a 10-minute walk to the center of the town. It was pretty tiny but fit our budget well! It would work nicely for a couple who wouldn’t be cooking much. Our hosts were fantastic and helpful. We were treated to fresh strudel one day and on our last day, they were kind enough to drive us to the ferry.

Stari Grad, Croatia
You know it’s a small place when it all fits in one picture!


Stari Grad, Croatia
It may have been a tiny Airbnb but we had a great view. Enjoyed many morning coffees with this view


Our Dining Room
Our Dining Room

Day to Day in Stari Grad

Our days in Stari Grad couldn’t have been more relaxed. Mornings would be spent at the beach followed by lunch at home. Bruce would spend the afternoon working and I would work on Bookshop Blog which we are trying to revive. We tried to encourage Kasm to explore outside by himself. We did succeed a little bit but that’s still a work in progress. We will, however, be renting our future accommodations keeping in mind an area where he can safely go out and play.

Our beach in Stari Grad, Croatia
Our beach in Stari Grad, Croatia


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Check out my muscles! – Stari Grad, Croatia


Stari Grad, Croatia
Kasm loved snorkeling in the Adriatic Sea – Stari Grad, Croatia

Almost every night after supper, we would go for a walk in town. We explored every little alley in the old town. I could walk those little narrow streets every night and wouldn’t tire of it.

Bruce Kasm Stari Grad Croatia
The boys photographing the beautiful narrow streets of Stari Grad


Family Photo Stari Grad Croatia
Family Photo – Stari Grad, Croatia


Stari Grad, Croatia
Local lady resting on a bench – Stari Grad, Croatia


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Typical window in Stari Grad


Stari Grad, Croatia
Baharak & Kasm having a little rest at the steps of a church – Stari Grad, Croatia

Walking along the Stari Grad harbour was not so shabby either. We were all in awe of the gorgeous yachts anchored for the evening and would daydream what it would be like to live on one 😉

Sunset at the Harbour


Stari Grad, Croatia
Gorgeous yacht at Stari Grad harbour

Stari Grad, Croatia


Stari Grad, Croatia
Walk along the harbour after some beach time


Stari Grad, Croatia
Gorgeous sunset at the Stari Grad harbour


Sails Stari Grad Croatia
Fancy a sail?


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Bruce’s Office – Stari Grad, Croatia

And I certainly can’t forget to tell you about my daily trips to the Green Market. It may have been one of my favorite things to do every day. Depending on how our day would start, I would walk over to the Market at some point to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. The Market is tucked away at the end of the harbour not far from the bus station. There are three stalls with lots of fruits and vegetables. I always went to the middle stall. The ladies were sweet and she always threw in a free fruit or vegetable into my bag. The peaches were just divine and we didn’t go a day without eating them. I would also make a pit stop at the bakery to pick up a fresh loaf of bread. I think the boys would agree if I said we made some killer sandwiches for lunch every day. They must have been as Kasm would devour two!

Stari Grad, Croatia
Green Market – Stari Grad, Croatia

We stuck to this schedule for most of our stay but did take a hike through the Stari Grad Plains (Maslinovik) one day. It was a very pleasant walk among fig trees, grape vines, and some ruins. We didn’t finish the whole walk as it was just too hot and we needed to get out of the sun. But if you like to do something else besides the beach and exploring the town, I highly suggest one of these walks.

Stari Grad, Croatia
It looks hot, doesn’t it!!


Stari Grad, Croatia
These grapes were delicious!


Stari Grad, Croatia
Random door in the middle of the Stari Grad Plains


Fig Stari Grad Croatia
Kasm and a Fig tree

Kasm and I also visited the Live Snake Exhibition in Stari Grad one afternoon while Bruce got some work done. He thought it was the coolest thing and even got to hold a couple of snakes. I know! I wouldn’t go anywhere near those things. But I did take a picture of him 😉

Kasm with Snake Stari Grad Croatis
Kasm with Snakes – Stari Grad, Croatia

We really enjoyed our time in Stari Grad and hope you’ll get to visit this gorgeous part of the world one day.






4 thoughts on “Stari Grad (Hvar), Croatia – The Perfect Travel Destination”

  1. So glad to finally read about this place! You have a pretty travel wardrobe – but still sticking with black I see. 😉 I really like your “about me” picture.

  2. Thanks Linda ?. Black seems to be easiest color to travel with ?
    Maybe along the way, I’ll try and add some color !

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