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.
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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!
Where to Stay in Hvar
The main town center in Hvar is quite small and most travelers stay here. There are a bunch of awesome, authentic Airbnb rentals in the Hvar Old Port area. Staying nearby the 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 make sure you aren’t bothered by any noise from the nightlife.
The Hvar port is not the only area people stay near, though! There are plenty of available hotels in Hvar. When booking, make sure they arrange your transportation, since you’ll obviously arrive by boat to the Port of Hvar.
Hvar Gay Travel Experiences
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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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