Hvar Voted 7th Best Island in Europe by Travel + Leisure

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More international recognition for the island of Hvar on July 10, 2019, as Croatia’s premier island is voted the 7th best in Europe by Travel + Leisure.

For years, it was known as one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world (it still is, in this Englishman’s humble opinion). That title came from a survey of Conde Nast readers in – from memory – 1997. 

And the traveller’s love of Hvar lives on, this time through the readers of the influential Travel + Leisure at their World’s Best Awards 2019. Hvar and the Pakleni Islands featured in the top 15 islands in Europe, and the section was introduced as follows:

European culture, history, and food only get better when paired with the relaxation quotient of an island. The spectacular coastlines of the best islands in Europe — five of which were also voted among the 15 best islands in the world — showcase a wide range of terrains, from craggy volcanic cliffs to feather-soft sand.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.

Hvar was the only Croatian island that made this year’s list, coming in at number 7. You can see the full list here

And there have been plenty of additions to Hvar for 2019, which may well be reflected in next year’s results. The oldest public theatre in Europe opened again on May 1 after 20 years of renovation. Below it, the renovated Arsenal building is also open once more. And across the square, next month will see the opening of the first 5-star hotel on the island, as Palace Elisabeth, heritage hvar hotel opens its doors – the very spot were organised tourism in Europe began 151 years ago in 1868.

To learn more about the island, check out the Total Croatia Hvar in Page guide. 



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