Hvar town is a popular stopover for yachts and boats which are cruising around the islands, and is known for its nightlife and beautiful architecture. The town was controlled by Venetians in the middle ages, and has 700-year-old fortified town walls, Venetian architecture, and churches dating back to the 14th century.
If you want to see the relaxing side of Hvar Island, check out Stari Grad, Vrboska and Jelsa. Stari Grad is the oldest town on the island, with traces of Greek inhabitants from the 4th century BC. Make sure you visit Tvrdalj, a 15th century fortified Renaissance castle with a beautiful fish pond. At the end of a little estuary is the picturesque town of Vrboska, sometimes called ‘Little Venice’, with stone bridges and tightly packed stone buildings. It has a good marina, and some lovely beaches. Jelsa is a peaceful village surrounded by pine trees. Hike up to the 4th century BC Greek tower of Tor for wonderful views of the island and the mainland.