This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Stari Grad.
Stari Grad, a small, tranquil town situated on Hvar Island in Croatia, is only two kilometers from the main port, where ferries operate between the island and Croatia's mainland. There are many facilities located in the town, including a supermarket, post office, tourist agencies, and boat rental stores.
The town is located on the coast, next to a small harbour and a pebble beach, and is surrounded by agriculture, including many vineyards. The cobbled-street town also has a town square, which is home to many good cafes, restaurants, and ice cream shops, many which offer free Wi-Fi. Stari Grad is a great place to base yourself to explore the rest of the island; Hvar Town is only fifteen kilometers away and Jelsa is only nine kilometers away. There are also many hiking and bike trails nearby.
There are a number of accommodation options available in Stari Grad, including many cheap guesthouses, most with a view of the small harbour, hotels and of course Stari Grad hostels. There is also a campground in the town, however it is worth checking before arriving as the campground closes in the low season (October through May).
Hostels in Stari Grad are a great budget option, especially if you are traveling solo. Most Stari Grad hostels do not include breakfast, however they do include free Wi-Fi and linen and towels, and usually have a communal kitchen and information about activities on the island. Most Stari Grad hostel staff speak good English, however a few words of Croatian are always appreciated. If you are traveling as a couple, sometimes a double room in a guesthouse is cheaper than a dorm room in a Stari Grad hostel.
Written by local enthusiast for Stari Grad hostelsKelly Sheldrick