Sun, sea, savings! Book your summer escape today (including £100 child reductions).

Overview

Introduction

The name means “old town” and it’s a pleasure to say that Stari Grad’s old town is largely untouched other than some restaurants, bars and art galleries. There is an atmospheric warren of medieval stone house backing onto the harbour. Population is around 2,500 and less in winter when many islanders take the opportunity to travel abroad.

 

 

Stari Grad is the island’s oldest settlement and was founded in 385 BC by Greeks from the Aegean island of Paros who called it Pharos. Invading Venetians then shifted the centre of power to the west coast port of today’s Hvar Town which they rebuilt in the early 1600s. There is a very different feel here from the more famous island capital of Hvar Town - it is much more laid-back with no clubbing scene as exists in Hvar Town.

At the eastern end of the old town, St Stephen’s Church is a rather charming yet weatherbeaten example of Dalmatian Baroque style with a fine Venetian campanile.

Something opposite the church often bemuses visitors - embedded in a wall is a Roman-era gravestone with a relief of a Winged Eros leaning casually on an upside-down torch, apparently a classic symbol of death.

Stari Grad’s most famous attraction and not to be missed, is the Tvrdalj often just called Peter Hektorovic’s house. This was the summer house of the 16th century poet and aristocrat. He was famous for his writings about fish and the sea so it was fitting that the design, in addition to a beautiful garden and arched cloister, features a fishpond with direct access to the sea and fed with sea water. The property is located just back from the waterfront, around a four minute stroll from the centre, passing some nice local wine bars and tasting spots on the way.

The maze of narrow alleys, small patios and streets seem to twist and turn yet it is impossible to get lost as everything ends in the main square near the waterfront.

Beaches near Stari Grad are mainly pebble or rocky and the best known one is Oslic beach, a combination of man-made and pebbles and perched at the end of town.

 

Did you know?

  • Prices in restaurants and bars in Stari Grad often represent savings of around 30% over their equivalent in Hvar Town
  • Stari Grad Plain has UNESCO Heritage status. This unique plain remains almost untouched from 384 BC when the Ancient Greeks created a geometrical system of land division featuring ancient stone walls and shelters
  • The Dominican Monastery has a museum and an impressive collection of paintings including original works by Jacopo Tintoretto
  • Day trip fish picnics offer a good way to see some of the island from the sea and usually visit Bol on the neighbouring island of Brac with its famous Zlatni Rat beach.
  • Visitors choosing Stari Grad in May-June or from mid September to the end of October will usually enjoy sunny weather with far fewer crowds
  • Film location scouts are regularly spotted checking out places in the old town’s narrow streets
Read more

Events

Events

Various dates  The Summer Cinema (ljetno kino) has some good live bands during summer - usually announced at short notice by local posters.

Various dates  Fishermen’s Nights festivals happen usually in high season on Friday evenings when small stalls are set up by the waterfront, fresh small fish are cooked and served on paper plates, usually accompanied with music from a live band

Various dates  A capella male voice choir and classical concerts sometimes near St Stephens Church

September (usually in the third week)  Stari Grad welcomes the International Faros Music Festival of international brass bands. Expects parades and concerts

Late September  (Every two years so next time is 2024) “Days in the Bay” is a unique, four day maritime festival, as the port transforms into a picturesque stage with traditional boats, concerts, gastro-delicacies, workshops and concerts

Useful information

Talk to one of our experts

020 8568 4499

We're open on Tuesday at 9:15 AM

Get in touch
Jackie Gogonas
Jackie Gogonas
Best time to go
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC
Time Difference

GMT + 1 hour

Currency

Euro

Language

Croatian

Average flight times

2 hours 30 minutes

  • Average temperature

    Average rainfall

Note: Map is for guidance purposes only.

Talk to our Stari Grad expert

Jackie Gogonas
Jackie Gogonas

Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

Call one of our experts to discuss your next holiday with Sunvil on

020 8758 4758

We're open on Tuesday at 9:15 AM

Make an Enquiry

Please use this form to request further information about a Sunvil holiday or destination.

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774
  • Marketing: 020 8758 4731

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify

Destination Details

Stari Grad, Hvar, Croatia

Stari Grad

Preferred departure date *
Duration *
Preferred UK departure airport *
Party size *

Back

  • Adults(12+ yrs)
  • Children(2 to 11 yrs)
  • Infants(Under 2 yrs)
Budget range
Other comments:

Email newsletters

 

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774
  • Marketing: 020 8758 4731

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify
Booking reference number *
Alternatively, please enter your query in the box below:

Email newsletters

 

Thank you for your enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry. A member of our specialist reservation teams will be in touch shortly.

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Your details have been saved

Feel free to continue to browse the site and add to your enquiry. Don't forget to send the enquiry before you leave!

My Suitcase

We understand that so much choice can be overwhelming which is why we have developed 'My Suitcase'. This facility allows you to save and compare your favourite holidays, and even allows you to return to your selection at a later stage.

Why not use 'My Suitcase' to compile a wish list of your future Sunvil holidays?

 

Sign in


New to Sunvil?

Create Account

 

Already have an account?

Password reset

Back

Close

Close