Hvar Gay Travel
If you love to party, don’t skip Hvar! In wolfyy’s Hvar gay travel guide, check out the best local bars and parties, plus where to stay, things to do & local tips.
The Gay Travel Experience: Hvar, Croatia
Nothing could ever compare to the magical view of the stars as my friends and I jetted out of the Port of Hvar toward our sailboat. I looked up at the deep night sky as the speedboat hummed and reflected on how beautiful this area of the world is.
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 in Hvar throughout the summer.
Some travel solo while others visit in groups of gay sailing boats. While the Croatian islands are not entirely flooded with gay men, they can certainly be found here!
Where to Stay in Hvar
Hvar’s main town center is adorable and relatively compact. Everything you’ll need is within a 10-minute walk, so most travelers choose to stay here.
There are a bunch of awesome, authentic vacation rentals in the Hvar Old Port area. Staying near the port will make it easy to access most restaurants and bars on foot.
Look for accommodations a longer walk away from the waterfront bars if you’re easily disturbed by nighttime noise. Especially during the peak summer season, people in the center of town can get a little rowdy.
The Hvar port is not the only area people stay near, though! There are plenty of hotels available in Hvar nearby the Old Town. When booking, make sure they arrange your transportation, since you’ll obviously arrive by boat to the Port of Hvar.
Hvar Gay Travel Experiences
The Hula Hula Hvar Beach Club is great for cocktails or a snack during the sunset. They have a large outdoor deck that overlooks the sea. I spent a few hours here with my gay traveler friends. We had a blast!
Hula Hula is a 15-minute walk from the Port of Hvar. It’s a nice stroll along the water. Make sure to try some Višnja, a sweet yet potent Croatian liquor made from sour cherries.
We had a couple shots of this stuff and it’s delicious. Even though it is a strong liquor, it’s not the type that burns or makes you cringe!
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.
Aside from delicious seafood, pizza and cocktail bars, I spent the majority of my day on a sailboat offshore. Who doesn’t want to enjoy the wonderful Adriatic Sea? The water is a picturesque deep blue.
Speaking of blue…you have to experience Croatia’s Blue Caves. You can book a Blue and Green Caves tour from Hvar. But if you’re planning to stop on the island of Vis, it’s better to do the trip from there since the boat ride is shorter.
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 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 last sailing trip!
Hvar Gay Travel: Nude Beaches
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.
In my opinion, this information should not deter you from visiting Croatia. Firstly, isolated incidents like these could have happened anywhere. Many locals do support homosexuality and equal rights for LGBT individuals.
Homophobic comments can be made in any country, but gay travelers in Croatia should still make sure they are in a safe environment before displaying any affection.
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The Hvar Gay Nightlife Experience
There are many nightlife options to choose from in Hvar, however there are no specific gay bars in Hvar. You may find a dozen or so gay travelers on the island since it is one of the biggest nightlife destinations in Croatia. Hvar doesn’t have any specifically gay venues, however.
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’s Club Seven was my go-to spot for dancing. Their DJ was awesome. They played a great set of pop and rap songs mixed together very well. Club Seven is also quite rowdy, so anticipate a crowd. Dress is relatively casual, so no need to wear anything extravagant for Club Seven.
Hvar Gay Travel Tips
Fees to stay in the proper Port of Hvar are much higher than other Croatian islands due to the island’s popularity. If you have your own boat, you can save money on port fees by staying in a nearby bay.
We stayed in Vinogradsice Bay around a group of islands called Otok Marinkovac. This area is 15 minutes south by speedboat from the main Hvar port.
If you are planning to go to Carpe Diem Bar, make sure to wear a shirt with sleeves. My friends and I had an issue with their hostess being extremely rude. Due to the fact she was cruel and slightly discriminatory toward my gay friend, I cannot recommend the establishment. Nonetheless, it is a popular club.
Every now and then, Croatian islands experience heavy summertime thunderstorms. Since Hvar is a bit more spread out than the other islands, make sure to bring along a poncho or umbrella if the forecast calls for rain!
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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.