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Day one in Hvar, Croatia

After two nights in Vis, we planned to get the ferry across to Hvar, where we had booked to spend two more nights. However, it was only due to some serious luck that we could stay true to our plans and bookings as during our time on Vis we learned that the ferry only travels between Vis and Hvar one day a week, on Tuesdays at 7am. Rumour has it this is to prevent Vis from becoming overcrowded with tourists and, as a result, the ferries are scheduled to suit local commuters instead – what commuters need to travel just one day a week and at 7am I do not know! Anyhow, fortunately, we were travelling on a Tuesday and were so relieved by this that the 6am wakeup call was no bother. The ferry from Vis to Hvar took just under an hour and cost £8 each.

Arriving at eight in the morning obviously meant we reached our hotel, the Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel, hours before check-in and were dreading the day of mooching around waiting for our room to be ready. Luckily for us, however, the receptionist informed us that their sister hotel, the Amfora Hotel, had a beautiful outdoor swimming pool that was free for us to use; I could certainly think of worse ways to waste seven hours. The pool was absolutely beautiful, particularly first thing in the morning when we had it all to ourselves.

After a few hours by the pool, we wandered back to the hotel where it was finally time to check-in. We’d read mixed reviews about the hotel, with many guests complaining about the rooms being too noisy at night, so we were relieved to discover we had a quiet room at the back of the hotel, with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and some chocolates there to greet us. The hotel was lovely and the location, right next to the ferry port, was very convenient.

Tips: Check the ferry schedules before planning your island visits so you don’t get caught out like we nearly did. And, if you stay at the Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel, request a room at the back of the building.

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