Hvar Gay Travel
If you love to party, don’t skip a night or two in Hvar. Croatia’s party island will keep you dancing all night long! Check out the awesome bars mentioned in this Hvar gay travel guide.
The Gay Travel Experience: Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is one of the most visited Croatian islands for its vibrant nightlife scene and beautiful natural landscapes. There are usually a handful of gay travelers enjoying the festivities in Hvar. Some travel solo and others on groups of gay sailing boats. While the Croatian islands are not entirely flooded with gay men, they can certainly be found here!
I visited Hvar while taking a sailing trip with a group of gay friends! We arranged a private boat that started in Dubrovnik and sailed around different islands for a week. In addition to Hvar, we stopped at Okuklje, Pomena, Korčula, Maslinica and Vis. Click any of these linked destinations to see the corresponding wolfyy gay travel guide!
Croatia Gay Sailing Trips
Sailing the Croatian Islands with a group of gay friends was one of the most memorable trips of my entire life! Are you interested in doing the same? I can help you organize your first trip for gay sailing in Croatia or gay sailing in Greece.
If you’re interested in seeing what the trip was like for me, head to my instagram @laffaloui and check out the highlights section. There are a bunch of shots and videos from the my sailing trip!
Hvar Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Mizerola Restaurant is my top recommendation for dinner in Hvar, especially for gourmet pizza. The prices are reasonable and the food is high quality. The wait staff is very friendly, which you don’t always find in Croatia! Mizerola is just past Kiva Bar up a narrow set of steps from the Port of Hvar
Hvar Nude Beach
The closest thing you will find to a gay beach in Hvar is the local favorite nude beach! If you are destined to find other gay travelers, this would be the spot. I can’t make any promises though!
Is Croatia Safe for Gay Travelers?
I encountered a few homophobic scenarios while sailing Croatia’s islands with a group of gay friends. A few gay couples joined our trip. After showing some affection in a couple of restaurants and bars, there were some uncomfortable situations.
Hvar Bars & the Gay Nightlife Experience
Kiva Bar is great for evening drinks from local beer to basic cocktails. Kiva is a small yet rowdy bar that lets everyone hang outside in a cute alleyway near the port. You surely won’t miss it if walking through the central port area. Great music and a fun atmosphere!
Hvar Gay Travel Tips
I stayed on a shared sailboat while visiting Hvar with some other gay travelers, so I won’t be able to recommend any specific hotels. However, if you are not sleeping on a boat, then I recommend staying relatively close to the port. Being near the port will make it easy to access most restaurants and bars on foot.
If you’re not a night owl, then look for accommodations a longer walk away from the bars along the water. This way you can avoid the noise from the nightlife.
Watch your drinks while you’re at some of the bars. I have witnessed some of my friend’s drinks “disappear” right after they put them down. Don’t let anyone steal your mojitos!
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Is Croatia Expensive?
Croatia is so popular with international tourists, that prices are no longer considered “cheap.” Prices at most restaurants throughout the Croatian islands rival those of New York City or Paris.
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Gay Life in Croatia & LGBT Rights
Croatia provides a wealth of protections to the LGBT community, however gay life in Croatia for locals is not exactly easy. Most local Croatians keep their sexuality hidden from the public eye out of fear of discrimination.
Croatia does defend all citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The country allows gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals to serve in the military. Changing legal gender is also legal.
A major downfall is that the Croatian constitution bans same-sex marriage. The country revised the constitution to define marriage as union solely between a man and woman. A 2017 Pew Research Study found that more than 60% of Croatians oppose same-sex marriage.
On the positive end of the spectrum, a 2016 ILGA poll found that 75% of Croatians would have no issue with a LGBT neighbor. 10% of people responded they would be very uncomfortable with a LGBT neighbor.
Most anti-LGBT sentiment can be found in the northwest portion of Croatia. The rest of the country is not so fiercely opposed. Large centers like Dubrovnik and Zagreb advertise themselves as gay-friendly tourist destinations, however this does not exactly mean discrimination by locals does not occur.
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