Sail Croatia with Med Experience – Jelsa to Hvar
After arriving in Jelsa we were told by our guide Sanja that a wine festival was going to be held in the town that evening and there would be a party going on at the end of our boat on the deck till well into the early hours of the morning.
Still buzzing from the rum party earlier we set off to find somewhere to eat and line our stomachs before another big night ahead of us.
We rented some bikes to explore some more of the island, we rode away from Jelsa through windy coastal roads guided by Zoran (our trusty skipper) to where the sea enters the land through little canals and stone built pedestrian bridges in Vrbovska. The rustic houses made of stone lined the water with the small little stone bridges were so charming.
We had to stop and take some photos.
We parked our bikes and settled down in this charming family owned restaurant for another fantastic meal, we sat outside and soaked in our surroundings.
Squid ink pasta and tomato sauce with various shellfish was the main meal of the day complete with salads, and a traditional Croatian cake desert all washed down with some wine of course.
After lunch we got back on our bikes and took a leisurely bike ride back to the boat stopping in a bay to have a quick dip before the sun went down.
By the time we got back to the boat the sun was set and the others on the Med Experience tour were just heading out to dinner while the band on the dock was setting up for the night ahead.
We slowly got ready to go and join the other out at the wine festival, but before we left the boat there was a firework display in the marina with little boats carrying fireworks. We didn’t know whether there was a specific significance to this spectacle but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
After watching the display we walked towards the main square which was full of life, with loads of market stalls, music and people. We quickly gravitated towards the wine festival booths.
There were several booths highlighting different Croatian vineyards and for as little as 10 Kronas you could sample a glass of white, rose or red wine. Before long we had worked our way through all the booths and with some bottles bought to stock up the boat with we found somewhere else to keep the party going.
Zoran led us down the waterfront where we picked up some snacks, including freshly barbecued seafood and a potato which was spiralled wafer thin and deep fried scattered with paprika. Eventually he led us to an entrance next to a huge palm tree.
Villa Verde cocktail bar opens up to a garden paradise where you can sit in a laid back atmosphere with a cocktail under the stars. The courtyard is beautifully lit with a DJ over looking us on a balcony with the moonlight shining down on us, it is a classic case of never judge a book by its cover.
We drunk Pina coladas till nearly closing time when we decided to check out the party going on next to our boat. We stumbled out of the bar and merrily made our way back towards the boat. The festival was over and all the stalls were being dismantled when we saw lots of flares and heard load music still coming from where our boats were, it felt like all the people we saw at the festival had made their way to the foot of our boat.
We made our way through the dancing crowd of the Mojito cocktail bar and joined in the fun.
We danced like maniacs and joined in with our fellow Med Experience travellers until the early hours of the morning, I mean it wasn’t like we were going to get any sleep with a live band playing right outside our boat right?
The next day we all looked surprisingly fresh for a late night, I guess that is what fresh sea air and sun does to you, we took a short sail towards our next stop.
Palmizana is a small bay just a short water taxi ride from Hvar with great facilities at the marina – which included the most amazing showers which we jumped at the chance of using more then once while we were moored. Trust me it is so nice to have a nice warm shower which isn’t on a boat.
After enjoying a nice long shower we took a water taxi in order to Hvar to watch the sunset from the fort overlooking Hvar. The hike up to the fort is a little bit of a trek and quite tough in the heat but when we got up there it was completely worth the walk.
The sun set was so beautiful and we sat on a bench talking while the sun made some of the most beautiful colours in the sky.
We made our way back down to find somewhere to eat, we were recommended to go to Passarola which is a beautiful restaurant which served fresh seafood cooked over coals while sitting under the stars.
After dinner we headed off down to the waterfront of Hvar to meet up with the other skippers and fellow travellers to have a drink and a bit of a party. We started at Nautica bar, one of Sail Croatia’s bar partners where the lights were rainbow coloured and the music matched the surroundings.
We obviously had to do some shots together.
Zoran then took us off to this little back street bar called Jazz bar where they didn’t play jazz but old school hip hop and r n b all night long. A tiny little club with people dancing on chairs and the drinks cheap with an amazing atmosphere. We couldn’t believe what a little gem this place was!
Eventually we went to get our water taxi back to the boat passing the infamous Carpe Diem club on the way, which we decided we would come back to Croatia to go to. When we got back to the dock it was so quiet with the hum of Hvar in the distance. We sat on the end of the dock and listened to the sound of the water hitting the sides of the bay until we couldn’t stay awake any more and we had a nice relaxing quiet night in Palmizana.
The next morning we woke up feeling refreshed, we went round the other side of the island to enjoy a morning dip. We grabbed our inflatables and went for a swim, some of us even went to shore to a very cool beach bar for a morning mimosa, well we were on holiday right?
After a quick morning drink we set off again for our next stop, Vis Town where we found some amazing local places to eat and drink. Part 4 coming soon where we visit Vis Town, please continue with me on my Croatian adventure.
Have you been to Hvar before? Where did you go? Did you get to go to Carpe Diem? Please share your experience with me in the comments below.
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