A sense of history also pervades throughout the island. It was once perfectly positioned to service Adriatic sailing routes, acting as a bustling trading hub dating all the way back to the Grecian period. Island ownership has since changed hands across the centuries, seen through the varied architecture that still stands today.
Hvar is one of the sunniest spots in Europe, so you may be content with spending your villa holiday simply spreading out by the pool. However, if you do choose to go out and explore, there are plenty of things to do in Hvar.
Up for a climb? Head to Sveti Nikola, which sits 628m above sea level. Providing gorgeous views of the island and beyond, its peak is also home to the 15th century Church of St Nicholas.
If you prefer to keep at ground level, head to Saint Stephen's Square in Hvar Town. It's home to the famous Hvar Theatre, which was the first public theatre in Europe, as well as a grand Baroque cathedral and beautiful bell tower. You'll also find bars, restaurants and little cafes, allowing you to enjoy a sunset scoop of ice cream or refreshing cocktail.
Of course, if you line up your visit during June and July, you'll be privy to the island's most beloved natural beauty: blooming lavender fields. There's even a two-day lavender festival in Velo Grablje, teaching you about the flower's various uses. And, if you prefer a livelier festival, there are plenty of music events held throughout the summer too.
Hvar's cuisine stays fairly true to what is served widely across Croatia. However, where this popular island really stands out is with its seafood offering. Sourced straight from the surrounding Adriatic Sea, it's unsurprisingly some of the freshest you'll ever taste, widely used in risottos and pasta dishes.
However, the signature dish of Hvar is gregada. This traditional white fish stew is made using potatoes, wine, onions and garlic, and has become something of a Dalmatian staple.
Vegetarians will still have plenty to try throughout their stay though - many goat's and sheep's cheeses are made on the island, while seasonal fruits and vegetables are served at their ripest. And to wash it all down? A refreshing glass of the finest Croatian wine.