The secret is slowly getting out – the island of Hvar in the off-season is gorgeous.
And more people are now aware of what we all know locally, as National Geographic places off-season Hvar in its top 5 lesser-known places in Croatia beyond Dubrovnik.
In midsummer it’s island madness, with party-lovers crowding the nightclubs in Hvar while their yachts crowd the harbor. But come shoulder season, the island reverts to its mysterious, medieval self, and you can explore the quiet squares and sandy coves in peace.
Don’t miss the shady cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery and Museum, with its mesmerizing “Last Supper,” painted by Venetian artist Matteo Ingoli around the end of the 16th century, that completely fills the back wall of the dining hall. Lavender blankets the sunny hillsides in summer, and you can buy some to take home to remind of this fragrant island.