Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)

The east part of Europe is an area where I have not traveled much (yet;-). Besides a weekend in Prague and a week on Crete, I’ve only been to Croatia. But I am planning to change that, because the villages I visited during my 1 week sailing trip in the Central Dalmatian Archipelago were absolutely gorgeous. And really old too!

stari grad village croatia hvar

I was amazed when I found out Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe, it was founded 400 years BC!

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)

This ancient town is an UNESCO Heritage site and rightfully so, it’s one of the prettiest towns (perhaps even the prettiest town) I have ever seen…

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world) Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia Old cobbles streets in Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia

I couldn’t stop taking pictures, every corner I turned there was another cobbled street.

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia
Or a random bunch of old barrels.
Stari Grad UNESCO town Croatia Hvar
Or wonderful stone houses…
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)
…looking like they came straight out of a fairytale!
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)
There were cute cafes in plazas full of character…
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world) Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)

…and restaurants hidden in tiny alleys.

Stari Grad UNESCO town Croatia Hvar
I could have walked around the old town of Stari Grad forever and not be bored.
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia

There was just so much to see!

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia
Even the boats and cars in Stari Grad were old and photogenic.
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia Vespa in Stari Grad UNESCO Heritage Town Croatia

And so were the lampposts and scooters!

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia

Also, the people in Stari Grad were very friendly, like this old man who welcomed us into his wonderful wine shop.

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia
Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia

Practical information: how to get to Stari Grad?

You might be wondering how to get to this cute as a button town on Hvar island. No worries, you don’t need your own sailing boat. Though if you have the option to rent your own boat with friends or family, I highly recommend to do so, it’s an amazing experience! Check out the costs for a week in my budget breakdown post.

Anyway, to get to Stari Grad you can take a direct ferry from Split. The journey takes about 2 hours and costs 39 Croatian Kuna (€5), you can find the timetable here. If you are looking to spend more time on this beautiful island, read more about where to stay on Hvar.

Enjoy your visit! But be warned, you may never want to leave…

Stari Grad was founded 400 years BC, making it one of the oldest towns in Europe. It's a UNSECO Heritage sight & the most beautiful village I have ever seen! Cobbled streets, narrow alleys with tiny restaurants and old stone houses that look like they came straight out of a fairytale… Stari Grad was founded 400 years BC, making it one of the oldest towns in Europe. It's a UNSECO Heritage sight & the most beautiful village I have ever seen! Cobbled streets, narrow alleys with tiny restaurants and old stone houses that look like they came straight out of a fairytale…

2 Comments

  1. October 4, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    It does look rather stunning. Not sure why, but all towns that have a boat (like in the one above with the white mini) are pretty much always stunning! Reminds me of where I was staying in Riga last year….probably got something to do with being so close to water thinking about it.

    • Lotte
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      October 4, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      I agree, all cities, towns and villages should have water (lake, sea, river, canal, whatever;-)! It adds so much character to a place…

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