Heavenly honeymoons in Hvar

Heavenly honeymoons in Hvar

If Venetian-era buildings, cobbled streets and idyllic harbours sound like your idea of newlywed bliss, head for Hvar, says Alexandra Gregg

Indulge in a Croatian honeymoon and you can not only discover historic Dubrovnik and the reef-studded Dalmatian Coast but, go further afield, and you'll uncover the Adriatic's most idyllic island: Hvar. With intimate beaches, crystal-clear waters and history in abundance, Hvar is the perfect destination for getting loved up. Even the Royals adore it - Prince Harry has holidayed here, and the King and Queen of hip hop, Beyoncé and Jay Z, have visited too. Here's how to make the most of your romantic post-nuptial holiday on the island:

Set off on foot

Hvar is a pedestrian-only island. Get your walking shoes on and start strolling those cobbled streets, hand-in-hand. You can amble past charming fishing villages and harbours, along secluded beaches, and uphill to the 16th-century Spanjola Fortress - the focal point of the region. From this atmospheric stronghold, you'll get panoramic views of the verdant terrain and terracotta houses below, with the Adriatic as your backdrop.

Get in the water

Look across from your vantage point at Spanjola and you'll see the coast-hugging Pakleni archipelago. This collection of 16 islands is ripe for snorkelling, diving and a spot of tandem sea kayaking. Viking Diving will take you out to sea, show you the best corals and lend you the necessary gear for just €45 (£37).

If you prefer to stay on top of the water, you can hire a kayak and explore the archipelago from the comfort of your vessel - as well as the tiny nearby island of Palmizana, home of the abandoned town of Malo Grablje. Kayak tours with Hvar Adventures are 375HRK (£40) for the day, including lunch.

Think food and drink

Sampling the catch of the day in Hvar is a MUST, and fortunately you can't go wrong at any of the island's restaurants when it comes to fresh fish. Once you've eaten, head to Hvar's swankiest bar, Carpe Diem, for a cocktail or three before finding a private nook on the secluded Carpe Diem Beach. If you'd rather keep things simple, when not organise a champagne picnic for your belle or beau, visiting the beach with your basket and blanket in tow at sunset?

Head into the horizon

The beauty of Hvar goes beyond the island itself: it's in its surrounds too. With many hidden bays, coves and inlets, Hvar is a sailor's paradise - even for beginners! Croatia as a whole is the perfect environment for a flotilla holiday too, so why not start your journey at Hvar before heading along the Dalmatian Coast, exploring its many gems. If you're seeking a bit of seclusion with your loved one, this is the way to achieve it in style.

Where to stay: Ranked one of the most romantic hotels on the island according to TripAdvisor, the Hotel Park Hvar is an affordable yet beautiful honeymoon option. Prices are available on request.

How to get there: Fly into Split. Direct airfares from London Gatwick start from £55p/p return with Norwegian, incl. taxes. Take a ferry (70HRK - £7.50 each way), catamaran or private boat from Split to Hvar.

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